#Disabilities

'Appalling' Undercover Film Shows Disability Benefits Assessor Calling Woman 'Too F**king Fat'

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK

An undercover investigation has revealed "appalling" conduct at the company that assesses disabled benefits claimants, including an assessor saying a ...

Don't Leave It to Paralympians - We All Need to Do Our Bit

Debbie Lye | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Sport
Debbie Lye

For most of us, sport and activity is something we do for fun... so why is it out of reach for so many disabled people?

Tackling the Exploitation of Deaf Women in Uganda

Rehema Namarome | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK
Rehema Namarome

Deaf women in Uganda were missing out on so much in life that I was inspired to set up the United Deaf Women's Organisation (UDEWO), in 2002. As executive director, I've been working to support and empower women ever since - I want to see a society where we are treated as equals. There were more than 126,000 deaf people in Uganda in 2002, and many of those are women.

How Technology Is Transforming Disabled People's Lives

Kim Lawther | Posted 20.03.2016 | UK Tech
Kim Lawther

For years, disabled people had to rely on somebody else doing things for them. But now with the help of assistive technology, disabled people can do things that would have never been possible before - from switching on a light to having a voice to express themselves.

Mum Of Girl With Autism Writes Open Letter To Strangers Who Called Her 'Irresponsible'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Parents

A mum of a three-year-old girl who has autism, pica and hypermobility syndrome has written a moving open letter to strangers who called her an "irresp...

Powerful Video Shows Just How Hard It Is For Deaf People To Lip Read

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

More than 900,000 people in the UK are severely or profoundly deaf and many have to rely on lip reading to communicate with others. But that is far...

Children With Disabilities Are Missing Out On Vital Play Opportunities

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Parents

Children with disabilities are missing out on play activities that are vital to their development, according to report released by Lord Blunkett. T...

Getting the Disabled Into Work Is the Key to Achieving Full Employment

Teresa Scott | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK
Teresa Scott

The Conservative Party manifesto at the last election set out the "bold aim" of full employment. In what looks to be promising news for the Government...

Mum Asks Why Son With Down's Syndrome Can't Model For Big Brands

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK Parents

A mum has written an emotional Facebook post questioning why her son with Down's syndrome can't model for mainstream brands. Anita Killick, 43, fr...

How This Boy Inspired A Marks & Spencer's Clothing Range

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Parents

A three-year-old boy with cerebral palsy inspired Marks & Spencer to create a new clothing range catering for children with disabilities. Caleb Ku...

I'm a Strong and Independent Woman - Even When I Need Help

Hannah Barham-Brown | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Barham-Brown

My body is a balancing act, in a number of ways. I want to be independent, but I need to accept help when I can't be. I want to stay upright, but can allow myself to sit down when I'm at risk of hurting myself. I want to keep mobile, but can use Ruby the Chair for this sometimes. And I'll probably keep throwing myself on the floor randomly. You'd all get bored otherwise.

Government Has Listened to Papworth Trust Over Work Choice - Now They Must Go Further to Halve the Disability Employment Gap

Vicky McDermott | Posted 09.12.2015 | UK Politics
Vicky McDermott

Buried beneath the commotion of the tax credit u-turn and Chairman Mao's little red book that accompanied last months' comprehensive spending review, ...

The Media - And What It Is Like to Be Someone With a Learning Disability in It

Sarah Gordy | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Gordy

In the beginning of my career the stage managers and assistant directors were horrified when they saw me. How were they going to keep to a tight schedule with a central character played by someone with Downs Syndrome? But now - they want to work with me again.

Finding Out You're Disabled

Matt Streuli | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK
Matt Streuli

Whenever filling out job applications, you are asked "Do you consider yourself to have a disability?". I've always said no. It turns out I did not of realised what a disability is. Perhaps it is a stigma or just the more obvious public image but when I say disability, my mind immediately goes to the logo on the disabled parking bays or people with special educational needs...

Toddler Who Lost Limbs To Meningitis Is Learning To Stand With Prosthetic Feet

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Parents

A toddler who lost her limbs to meningitis is learning to stand after receiving prosthetic legs, her first pair of Clarks shoes and a standing frame t...

Extraordinary People: Disability Does Not Mean Inability

Teresa Scott | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK
Teresa Scott

Disabled people with extraordinary talents succeed and contribute to the world economy every day.

A Million Reasons to Empower Young People

Hannah Kentish | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Kentish

I am so proud of the great things that Scouts do in local communities up and down the country. Now, with the launch of A Million Hands, our new campai...

Welcome to the Conservatives' Victorian Thunderdome

Adam Hamdy | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

If David Cameron and George Osborne had been born to single parents living in social housing, perhaps they would look at life differently. Fate saw them born to privilege, but instead of softening their hearts, their good fortune has hardened them and fostered a belief that victimising the less fortunate is a viable social and economic policy.

Woman Makes Herself Blind Because She Believes She Is Meant To Have A Disability

Barcroft | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Jewel, from North Carolina, USA, has Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID), a condition in which people who are not disabled believe they are meant ...

What's Wrong With the Welfare Reform Bill

Steve Ford | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Politics
Steve Ford

'How long are you likely to have Parkinson's then?' Philip would have been pretty surprised if a friend in the pub asked him when he'd recover from ...

Paralysed Woman Proves People With Disabilities Can Be REALLY Sexy

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Quadriplegic author and inspirational speaker, Rachelle Friedman, has shared photos from an intimate lingerie shoot in an effort to prove that people ...

Helping the Disabled Enables Society

Teresa Scott | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK
Teresa Scott

I work with many people who struggle with long-term disability and its impact upon their employment. Whilst they have some of the toughest obstacles to overcome because so much is beyond their control, they are often the most inspiring examples of determination.

Dolls With Disabilities Launch After Successful #ToyLikeMe Campaign

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Parents

The traditional Barbie doll with long blonde hair, an enhanced chest and stick thin legs is hardly a toy that many young children can relate to, espec...

Political Parties Challenged on Welfare by Disabled People and Their Families

James Bolton | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Politics
James Bolton

The hottest day of the year so far was a fitting backdrop to a debate that had the potential to be one of the most heated of the election campaign...

Huge Blunder As Disability Summit Exposed As 'Not Wheelchair Accessible'

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK

Organisers of Australia's National Disability Summit in Melbourne have come under fire - because the event wasn't wheelchair accessible. Only seven...