Disabled People

What Is Lord Freud Worth?

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

It is perhaps natural to confuse real human worth with salaries, celebrity or power - it's not an uncommon mistake - what is really upsetting is to see this error turned into an ongoing policy which crushes disabled people or indeed any group that the powerful deem less worthy.

Loads Of People Want This Tory Minister Sacked

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Politics

Protesters have gathered outside the Department for Work and Pensions demanding the sacking of welfare minister Lord Freud, who was recorded suggestin...

Tory Minister Urged To Resign For Saying Disabled 'Not Worth' Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Politics

Tory welfare minister Lord Freud has been urged to resign after he suggested that disabled people are "not worth" being paid the full minimum wage. ...

Disabled People More Likely to Be Seen on the Streets Than on Our Screens

Clare Pelham | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clare Pelham

When was the last time you saw a disabled person on TV? Our research shows more than half of us are more likely to see a disabled person on the street rather than on our screens. And one in six of us have no recollection of disabled people in any media at all.

Have Anti-Cuts Protests Damaged the Portrayal of Disabled People?

Simon Stevens | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK
Simon Stevens

The portrayal of disabled people is a complex affair as the many different interest groups try to portray us as a collective for their own agendas, when in reality we are just a collection of individuals labelled by society because of our difficulties, when the reality is we have very little else in common.

What Do the Prime Minister, the BBC and the National Union of Students Have in Common?

Clare Pelham | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK
Clare Pelham

We know that disabled people have the potential, drive and desire to be our country's future leaders or entrepreneurs if they are given the chance. We also know that our best companies value talent and we're delighted to be able to connect the two. And we welcome support from anyone - NUS, Prime Minister or BBC - with the common sense to make common cause with us.

Labour Has Betrayed Its Supporters by Voting for the Welfare Cap

Salman Shaheen | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Politics
Salman Shaheen

The real betrayal of Britain's poorest and most vulnerable people was Labour's support for this toxic policy. With 13 honourable exceptions who all deserve praise for actually doing what they were elected to do, Labour MPs acquiescently lined up behind the welfare cap. If an antelope feeds its calf to a lion, that's pretty shocking.

Do Disability Charities Really Help Anyone?

Simon Stevens | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Disabled people are no longer dependent on the charities, who could now be seen as the Black slave traders of our time. The services they run are now mostly funded by government and are undesirable relics of the past.

Disabled People Should Not Work for Free

Simon Stevens | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

f I was paid what I was really worth, in relation to my peers as well as my expertise and experience, I would be on a six figure salary and living very comfortably indeed. But as an self-employed disability issues trouble shooter, prepared to tackle the issues no one else can, I have found it very difficult to be taken seriously, yet alone be paid.

Taking the Wow Out of Disability

Simon Stevens | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

On Thursday many disability activists across the country will be celebrating the fact that the 'Wow Petition', a government e-petition, will have reached the necessary 100,000 signatures to be debated in parliament... I have three main concerns to why I think this petition is a step backwards for disabled people and indeed the whole of society.

The Disabled Community Is 'A Bucket Full Of Crabs'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK

Disabled people, charities and campaigners have been urged to stop "snubbing" fellow disabled people who become successful, one of Britain's best know...

Let's Close Down the DWP

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

In the UK today disabled people are astonished by the absurdity of a whole new system that has emerged out of the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) ...

Jessica Elgot

Down's Syndrome Man Faces Losing Home Amid Budget Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK

David Cameron is set to be confronted by a family of a young disabled man set to be evicted from his home this December because of budget cuts that wi...

How Did 12 Ex-Remploy Staff Team Up To Help Disabled People?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Politics

Former Remploy workers have used their redundancy money to open a social enterprise aimed at employing or training disabled people. The venture wil...

Everyone Should Have a Voice

Simon Stevens | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

For myself, having a voice and being able to communicate with others is not just a politically correct good thing but it is an important key and starting point to providing people with the ability to self-determined their lives, taking advantage of their rights, as well as their responsibilities.

No One Can Represent Disabled People

Simon Stevens | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I am not sure why a bunch of unelected and often unaccountable people who simply share a political and socially constructed label with me should have the right to dictate and control aspects of my life in terms of being my voice in national and local government policy.

I Wear a Bib With Pride

Simon Stevens | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I can either resent what I need or embrace them with a pride for understanding who I am. Why should I compromise what is useful to me because society is uncomfortable that the image the equipment I need offers, or that many professionals may be worried about the illusion of infantilism...

Through Technology, I Can Shine

Lyn Levett | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Tech
Lyn Levett

Technology, it is often yet accurately said, sets you free. Nowhere is this more true than it is for disabled people, like myself. You often do not think about it: like so many other things in our day to day lives, it just fades into the background. Yet without technology, I simply couldn't be myself.

Is a Proper Debate on Welfare Reform Possible?

Simon Stevens | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

For many disabled people working in the field as consultants and activists including myself, the welfare reforms have dominated the agenda since 2010 pushing so many other issues, like grassroot sport and quality of wheelchair services, to the sidelines.

What is a Personal Assistant?

Simon Stevens | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I would define a personal assistant as someone independent directly employed by a person who is capable of directing them and requires care and/or support tasks to be performed...The person has to be employed rather than self-employed, which has been a bone of contention between myself and the government who believes it does not matter how people are employed.

Would You Break the Silence in a Hushed and Crowded Train Compartment?

Clare Pelham | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Politics
Clare Pelham

As part of our #MakeCareFair campaign to end 15 minute care, we have conducted a confidential survey with care workers up and down the country. They have told us it is impossible to carry out everyday tasks such as feeding, bathing and supporting someone to get dressed with any decency or consideration in this short time slot.

Valuing Everyone, Or Just the Workers?

Stef Benstead | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

Disabled children should be euthanised, according to Cllr Colin Brewer. According to Baroness Warnock, disabled adults should be euthanised. In both cases this is based on the cost to society.

Why Is Social Care Facing the Deepest Cuts?

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

Few people realise that social care will be cut by 33% by 2015 and on current projections will be cut by 50% by 2018. This is the deepest cut to any part of the welfare state since its creation and yet it is going entirely unnoticed. How has this happened?

Campaigning to Support People With Albinism

Hannah Wanja Maina | Posted 13.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Wanja Maina

December is an important time of year when we celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Each year the day focuses on something different. 2012 is all about removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all.

Disabled People Risk 'Hurt And Humiliation' On Airlines

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.10.2012 | UK

Disabled people risk "hurt and humiliation" when they travel by air, a report has claimed. Some have even had to urinate in bottles on flights due ...