Figures this week showed that the number of prosecutions for hate crimes against disabled people has risen by more than 40% over the last year. I have a learning disability, and I live in supported housing run by Mencap. When staff there told me about the rise in hate crime, I was shocked but not surprised.
You wouldn't tell someone they cant get up the stairs as you have no lift but direct them to another store that does have one! But this is what our high street household names are effectively doing by expecting someone else to provide a facility they could easily provide for customers that are asking for better facilities. It's time to stop passing the buck and take responsibility.
As a disabled person I believe two things to be true: the impairment defines the person, unless the right mind set is adopted; and the actions of disabled people who come before us usually define the future successes of disabled people today.
As the financial challenges facing the NHS and social care bite, we are likely to hear more talk about the need to shut down wards, social care instit...
On Thursday March 31st I appeared on ITV's This Morning, alongside regular presenters Ruth Langsford and Rylan Clark, as the show featured the story o...
Speaking at a European council summit in Brussels last month, David Cameron stated that welfare payments to disabled people had increased by £4bn in ...
After a torrid few days which saw Iain Duncan Smith resign as Work and Pensions Minister partly over the change from Disability Living Allowance (DLA)...
Charities have rightly been arguing against specific benefit cuts on behalf of their members and their beneficiaries; drawing evidence from disabled people, carers and also from their own professional staff; and making the case for excluding some of the most vulnerable and poorest members of society from further cuts to their limited income.
The government like to paint a picture of benefits claimants as being debt-ridden addicts who can't be bothered to work. I want to try and dispel this picture a bit, if I can. I don't smoke, drink, take drugs (except what is prescribed to me). I only claim ESA and PIP not housing benefit or anything like that. We don't claim carer's allowance for my husband even though we are entitled to it.
Here in Uganda, the general attitude towards people living with a disability is negative. They are called "'Kateyemba'", meaning 'The Unable One', suggesting they can't help themselves. It's a nickname that instils a sense of hopelessness in a person. In the African culture, if you bear a child with disability it seems like a curse. Parents ask, "What did I do to deserve such a child?"
As soon as I set eyes on Helen, I knew she was the one for me. I have a learning disability and never thought I could have a relationship with someone even though this was something I had always dreamed about. I was determined to make this happen.
With the right support, many people are capable of finding love, whether or not they have a disability. People with a learning disability should have the opportunity to be in a loving relationship if they want to be.
Christmas should be a merry time of year, but if you are in charge of Christmas shopping then it can be far from relaxing. Black Friday last year was very manic, especially in the big cities. I think it's a good idea to start your Christmas shopping as early as possible.
Disabled people don't need praise for accomplishing something that a non-disabled person would, too. They, just like everyone else, should be praised for doing something they enjoy; anyone should be given praise for doing something they enjoy and not letting their own personal difficulties stop them.
Growing up with a learning disability can make life difficult. Nine out of 10 children with a learning disability have been bullied at some point. It's time we put a stop to this. At the same time 1200 people with a learning disability are dying avoidably each year within the NHS. I really think that public attitudes towards people with a learning disability are behind this.
My hope on this 20th anniversary is that people will work with us, so that the in the next 20 years we make even greater progress in the equality of disabled people.