Disabled People

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 03.06.2016 | 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 01.06.2016 | 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 10.05.2016 | 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 01.04.2016 | 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 30.03.2016 | 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 24.02.2016 | 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 26.11.2015 | 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 24.11.2015 | 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.

People With Disabilities Reveal What Really Annoys Them

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The majority of people in Britain (67%) feel awkward around disabled people. This means they can often panic and behave or say things that can be offe...

Disabled Employees Have a Vital Role to Play in Britain's Economic Growth

Richard Hawkes | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Richard Hawkes

The disability employment rate is 47.4 per cent. Historically, periods of economic growth have not had the same positive effect on the employment rate of disabled people as they have for everyone else.

Breaking Rude

Mik Scarlet | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

What does sadden me is how many young disabled people still feel that a happy love life is out of reach. I started using my wheelchair at the age of fifteen and at the time I was sure I would never find love.

Awkward? Let's End It Now!

Mik Scarlet | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

I found the statistics really shocking, but mostly as they seem to be totally opposite to my own experience. I was born disabled, and became a wheelchair user at the age of fifteen, yet I can honestly say I have never had any trouble making friends, being invited to social situations or finding love.

Cardiff - A Refection of What Could Be

Mik Scarlet | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

It's not just the big chains and shopping centre that is easy. Through out the city centre there are arcades of boutique style shops and restaurants, and pretty much all of these are equally accessible. Most of these are historic in nature and yet there has been great effort taken to ensure as many of them are as accessible as possible.

Brighton - A Mirror on a Broken Reality

Mik Scarlet | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

Last weekend I paid a trip to the seaside, to Brighton to take part in a literary event called Sea Changers. What struck me from the moment I arrived was how hard it was to get around in my wheelchair.

Until You've Wheeled a Mile In My Shoes...

Mik Scarlet | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

Please before you pass judgement on anyone's quality of life, stop and think. Don't just claim "I couldn't cope", as I really think you could. Pain, like many other trials in life, can be beaten. It can be medically treated and psychologically mastered, with help, and so we need to have a sensible debate on quality of life before we go any further down a road that may be very hard to come back from.

What Is Lord Freud Worth?

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 21.12.2014 | 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 19.11.2014 | 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.