Disabled People

Grenfell Tower - Neglect Of The Most Vulnerable

Fran Springfield | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Fran Springfield

I was woken on the morning of the Grenfell Tower fire by text alerts. My friends who lived there had escaped from their fifth floor flat. They were o...

More Disabled MPs Is Good News But All Politicians Have A Duty To Represent The Voices Of Disabled People

Sophie Morgan | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Politics
Sophie Morgan

There are 13 million disabled people in the UK, and that means we should be aiming for 20% of the MPs sitting in the Commons identifying as disabled. However, it is a start and a small step in the right direction - our Parliament will be stronger for the diversity of voices elected today.

Our Voices And Votes Are More Important Than You Think

Sophie Morgan | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Sophie Morgan

This election, let's come together to show the country that we refuse to be overlooked. To show those in power that our votes are precious and that they must work hard to win them, and in the long run, keep them. Our voices and our votes are more important than you think.

What Growing Up With A Disabled Parent Taught Me About Disability

Anna Gaunt | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Gaunt

I believe that identifying with the term 'disabled' is a personal choice. But it is important to recognise that there is no right way to be disabled. The disabled community is diverse, as are the lives of those within it.

Football Should Be Accessible To All Which Means Fully Accessible Toilets For Disabled People

Leroy Binns | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Sport
Leroy Binns

I want that for everyone and that's why I campaign so hard for fully accessible toilets. A lot of other teams have followed Arsenal; Liverpool, Manchester United, Man City, Southampton, Leicester and West Ham all have Changing Places now. But 13 clubs in the Premier League still don't have a Changing Places and I don't think that's right.

If You're Old Or Disabled, You Will Have To Keep Waiting For Better Care

Stephen Burke | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

The government has recognised that care is in crisis. The Budget has provided some more 'sticking plaster' emergency funding for care via local authorities. How that £2 billion will be distributed and used over the next three years remains to be seen.

Dead Cats And Red Herrings In Pre-Budget Speculation On Care Crisis

Stephen Burke | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

By all means have a debate on whether we should raise more taxation from income or wealth, but let's do it as part of a debate about government finances. Enough of the dead cats and red herrings! It's time for a new vision for better care and support.

Will The Budget Tackle The Care Crisis?

Stephen Burke | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

On 8 March the Chancellor must show that he understands both the immediate care crisis and the need for a radical and sustainable long term solution. Older and disabled people and their families and carers have been waiting too long for the answer. Let's hope that their expectations aren't dashed yet again.

Disability Works: Breaking Down Barriers In Business

Johny Cassidy | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Johny Cassidy

Across the world up to 1.2 billion people live with some sort of disability, it is estimated. That's equivalent to the population of China. In the UK...

My Dating Dilemma - Do I Disclose My Disability?

Samantha Renke | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha Renke

The answer to all of the above is yes, yes and yes my disability does not stop me from wanting to find love, have a sex life or be seen as desirable. So why do people feel they need to ask these questions to people with disabilities?

Should Council Tax Hikes Or National Taxation Fund Better Care?

Stephen Burke | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

A new vision has to win popular support. Universality is key to ensuring buy-in from the whole population and to tackling the unpopular and fragmented local variations that currently exist. Universality is also critical to raising the status of care and caring, and the value placed on care.

Householders Helped To Stay In Their Own Home 'Warm, Safe And Well'

Stephen Burke | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
Stephen Burke

In all the debate about the funding and integration of health and care, too little attention has been paid to housing. Yet we know that an older or di...

Post Autumn Statement, Where Next For The Campaign For Better Care?

Stephen Burke | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

By the time the Chancellor got on his feet to deliver the Autumn Statement, expectations of any extra funds for care were very low. The fact that nothing was unveiled confirmed how far care still has to go to win political support.

From Tipping Point To Solving The Care Crisis

Stephen Burke | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK
Stephen Burke

According to the Care Quality Commission's annual report, care is approaching a tipping point. But will it be the tipping point for sustainable change or for a complete collapse of the care system?

Hurricane Matthew In Haiti: We Must Leave No One Behind

Aleema Shivji | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK
Aleema Shivji

Seeing the images of Haiti devastated by Hurricane Matthew moves me and gives me a feeling of déjà vu. I have been lucky enough to work in Haiti over several years and loved my time spent alongside some incredible Haitians. But it also brings back memories of facing a terrible disaster...

'There Is No Safe Place In Syria'

Aleema Shivji | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK
Aleema Shivji

The tragedy behind Iraj's story is shared by millions of Syrians displaced by the ongoing conflict. The numbers related to this crisis are so big, it can be hard to think of them as individual stories, specific families, unique faces... Each story we hear has one thing in common: explosive weapons are always part of their heart-breaking account.

How Volunteering Changed My Perception of My Impairment As a Disabled Person

Robbie Crow | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Robbie Crow

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.

So Facebook Where Is My Emoji?

Rosemary Frazer | Posted 04.06.2017 | UK Tech
Rosemary Frazer

Emoji have exploded in popularity in recent years, with their widespread use spanning across different generations and offer anything from creme caramel to camels to help you sum up how you are feeling - they even have two types of camel in their mood tracking library.

Less Than 100 Days to Rio Paralympics: Attitudes To Disability Still Lagging Behind

Mark Atkinson | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Sport
Mark Atkinson

With the Rio 2016 Paralympics opening ceremony less than 100 days away, the Games will put disability in the spotlight. But do the Paralympics have the power to make a lasting change in attitudes to disabled people? Our research shows that the majority of disabled people in Britain are treated differently because they're disabled.

Mind the Gap: It's Still Too Hard to Get Around London If You Are Disabled

Mark Atkinson | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Tech
Mark Atkinson

This move by Uber represents an expansion of choice for disabled people in London - choice that other commuters and passengers already have. There are of course lots of other providers - particularly the word-famous London black taxis cabs - whose vehicles are accessible.

A Hard Act to Follow

Mark Atkinson | Posted 02.04.2017 | UK
Mark Atkinson

To realise the full potential of the Care Act we need a sustainable funding settlement from Government, and reformed health and social care systems that support working-age disabled people to live their lives.

Why Didn't the Equality Act 2010 Work?

Fleur Perry | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Politics
Fleur Perry

Last week, the House of Lords Select Committee published their report. In it lies their findings from a call for evidence last year, and it is a maste...

We Need to Support More Disabled People Into Work. Cutting ESA Isn't the Answer

Mark Atkinson | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Politics
Mark Atkinson

Half a million disabled people will be affected by the Government's plans to reduce Employment and Support Allowance by around £30 a week.

The Budget Lacks Detail for People Living With Disabilities, Like Multiple Sclerosis

Michelle Mitchell | Posted 26.11.2016 | UK Politics
Michelle Mitchell

While there were a few glimmers of hope in the Chancellor's speech, they are not enough to allay the uncertainty and fears for many people with MS. Access to disability benefits, the right healthcare and social care support is crucial if people are to live fulfilling lives and the Government must ensure this is a reality for all with MS.

Specialist Employment Support Is Vital to Halving the Disability Employment Gap

Mark Atkinson | Posted 20.11.2016 | UK
Mark Atkinson

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act - a landmark piece of legislation that was the result of a hard-fought campaign by disabled people. For the first time, the Disability Discrimination Act made it unlawful to discriminate against disabled people as employees and as consumers.