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Disabilities News

4 days ago
Award-winning comedian Lee Ridley says jokes help people to understand how he lives with disabilities, at a time when discrimination and prejudice are rifeLee Ridley is on stage only a couple of minutes and he has already taken the temperature of the audience with a smattering of gags about living w[...]
Children and ParentingHealth and CareDisabilitiesCriminal Justice
5 days ago
As a bitter dispute continues over whether volunteers can continue to live and work with residents, we need to ensure we put the wishes of disabled people first Continue reading...
HousingCharities and VolunteerismHealth and CareDisabilities
1 week ago
Two years after the introduction of Pip, sick and disabled people’s dignity is suffering as a result of the coalition’s ideological attack on benefit claimants Continue reading...
PovertyDisabilities
2 weeks ago
The Germanwings tragedy got us talking about mental illness. Shame the talk is so narrowA friend tells me that well-meaning people often ask her what the special talent of her son with autism is. She tends to answers: “Gabriel’s special talent is having a meltdown in the supermarket because the [...]
HealthHealth and CareMental HealthDisabilities
2 weeks ago
In the latest of our pre-election series, back in the chancellor’s constituency, food banks have appeared amid the footballers’ Bentleys and newbuild mansionsTwo signifiers for wealth hit you the instant you arrive in Alderley Edge, Cheshire: property and parking. The latter is not just a big lo[...]
PovertyHealth and CareDisabilities
2 weeks ago
I recently met with the Department for Work and Pensions and have some idea of where the money the Tories wish to cut will be coming from (Tories may not reveal details of £12bn welfare cuts until after election, 30 March). I was the co-artistic director for the opening ceremony of the London [...]
Disabilities
2 weeks ago
Boy slept for eight nights on mattress on floor at Royal Preston hospital because staff could not source protective high-sided bedThe parents of a severely disabled boy have said their son slept on a mattress on the floor in a hospital for eight nights because staff were unable to source the special[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareDisabilities
2 weeks ago
I’ve considered asking to be relieved of the role, but I don’t want to waste the skills and knowledge that my wiring has given me Related: Language and autism: what every social care professional should know I am in the middle of measuring local autism services against the criteria of the natio[...]
Children and ParentingHealth and CareDisabilities
2 weeks ago
The act’s cap on personal liability for long-term care means state support in old age will be opened up to everyone, not just those who are poorFinally we’ve arrived. Seven years after the Law Commission embarked upon a review of what its then chairman called a “hodgepodge” of almost 40 stat[...]
Housing and PovertyHealth and CareDisabilities
3 weeks ago
People with autism and learning disabilities can die up to 20 years prematurely. So how can we help carers and health workers diagnose illness in non-verbal patients?“Oh, he’s been so brave and good. He’s not made a fuss at all.” That’s what the well-meaning care worker said about my autis[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareDisabilities
3 weeks ago
The leak of emails outlining further Tory welfare cut options shows just how fragile the party’s popularity is over social security reforms
The potential Conservative welfare cuts set out in the leaked Whitehall documents demonstrate the huge risks awaiting any administration that seeks, as the[...]
Health and CareDisabilities
3 weeks ago
Tories dismiss proposed changes seen by BBC that include restricting child benefit to first two children and taxing disability benefits
A range of welfare benefits are potentially facing the axe or severe restrictions by the Conservatives after the general election, according to emails seen by th[...]
Children and ParentingDisabilities
3 weeks ago
It’s been a hard five years for disabled people under the coalition. I at least got the chance to quiz the PM on this during Sky’s Battle For No 10Last night I was lucky enough to be chosen to put a question to David Cameron on C4 and Sky’s Battle for No 10.The audience gathered together a cou[...]
Disabilities
3 weeks ago
Government to ask Human Rights Commission for extra time to come up with a new system to determine fair pay for intellectually disabled workersThe Abbott government is likely to have to ask the Human Rights Commission for extra time to come up with a new system to determine fair wages for thousands [...]
Children and ParentingMinorities and ImmigrationDisabilities
3 weeks ago
My friend and colleague David Harker, who has died aged 64 of cancer, improved the lives of many people. After a varied early career, he joined the disability charity Sense in 1989 and helped transform it into the leading organisation in its field in the world. He went on to become chief executive o[...]
CharitiesCharities and VolunteerismHealth and CareGovernment PolicyDisabilities
3 weeks ago
We need an independent review to tell us it’s wrong to let sick and disabled people starve? Really?
I am not sure how we reached the point where we need an inquiry to establish that stopping a person’s benefits to the level that they can’t feed themselves or their children may be wrong. B[...]
PovertyChildren and ParentingMental HealthDisabilitiesWomens Issues
3 weeks ago
Almost half of all MPs’ offices have doors and corridors that won’t fit a wheelchair through and neither David Cameron’s office, nor that of disability minister Mark Harper is accessibleClamouring for the right to vote seems slightly out of sync with modern politics, like watching a suffragett[...]
Disabilities
3 weeks ago
Specially designed flats are using technology, from automatic blinds to piped-music wake-up calls, to help young adults with autism and learning disabilities to take control of their lives – dramatically cutting their support costsPerched on a sofa in his modern first-floor flat in south Mancheste[...]
HousingHealth and CareDisabilities
3 weeks ago
Following the Winterbourne View abuse scandal, there’s been a lot of well-intentioned talk but little actual progress in improving the care of vulnerable peopleBy the time Robin Kitt Callender died, she had endured eight weeks of intermittent vomiting and diarrhoea, and her weight had fallen to f[...]
HealthHealth and CareDisabilities
3 weeks ago
With the number of disabled fans attending gigs doubling, improving accessibility makes sense for venues and audiences
Disabled fans want to enjoy live music with their mates. They want the same experience as everyone else. So when we talk about “access”, what we actually mean is “inclusivi[...]
Disabilities
3 weeks ago
Recent MPs enquiry heard copious evidence of claimants being docked hundreds of pounds and pitched into financial crisis for often absurd reasonsThe coalition’s benefit sanctions regime, under which more than 1 million jobseekers had their unemployment benefits stopped last year, has spawned hundr[...]
Children and ParentingHealth and CareMental HealthDisabilities
3 weeks ago
Introducing a new series on disability arts, producer Jo Verrent looks at some of the key issues affecting disabled artists and organisations in the sectorYou’d be forgiven for thinking that disabled artists had never had it so good. Unlimited – the commissioning and support programme for disabl[...]
PolicyEducationGerontologyDisabilities
3 weeks ago
Young composers and people with experience of depression and schizophrenia have joined together for a unique collaboration
Young composers and people with experience of mental illness are using the genre of classical song to de-stigmatise the issue. Related: How a project for disabled teenagers i[...]
HealthDisabilities
4 weeks ago
Applied behavior analysis, widely used in the US, aims to boost communication and social skills but some critics say it ‘denies kids the right to be who they are’Jack, a nine-year old boy in a bright blue shirt, runs into the kitchen for his after-school snack. In between bites of an apple, he j[...]
Children and ParentingEducationDisabilities
4 weeks ago
The Duchess of Cambridge visits Brookhill Children's Centre in Woolwich, south-east London, on Wednesday, where she meets families supported by the Home Start charity. The centre helps families struggling with issues such as disability, financial stress and bereavement. Kate, who is due to have her [...]
ChildrenChildren and ParentingCharities and VolunteerismDisabilities
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17 weeks ago
Recent decades have brought significant changes in family form and function, as well as new service delivery models that promote health and well-being for people with various disabilities within their homes and communities. Nevertheless, providing care to family members continues to be part of famil[...]
 

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23 weeks ago
November 6, 2014 NASW continues its support for National Family Caregivers Month this November. This year’s theme, Care Comes Home, emphasizes the benefits and challenges of caregiving at home—where most caregiving takes place. Download outreach materials from the Caregiver Action Network (previ[...]
 
29 weeks ago
By Rena Malai, News staff Countless children are waiting for homes that many people with disabilities want to provide, says Robyn Powell, attorney adviser for the National Council on Disability. “There are a significant number of people with disabilities who want to take adoptive children in and r[...]
 
268 weeks ago
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reports on state-level budget cuts:Cuts Affect Wide Range of ServicesStates began cutting their budgets last spring, as the recession brought sharply weakened revenues. The cuts have intensified as the economy has worsened. Even as the need for state-funded[...]