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Diversity Brings Collective Knowledge And Insight

Javed Khan | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

The National Trust recently came under fire, not for tax avoidance, not for corporate manslaughter, but for a survey sent to its 65,000 volunteers whi...

With Sign Language, I Can...

Susan Daniels OBE | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK
Susan Daniels OBE

We recently launched a campaign for British Sign Language to be taught in every school in the UK - and as we celebrate the International Week of the D...

Coming Out At School Was The Most Profound Experience Of My Life

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Dellenty

I feel privileged to witness the positive impact my work has had upon individuals, upon schools and through advising on policy, upon the education system itself. Coming out to a whole school community was indeed the most profound thing I have ever done. We carry on with hope in our hearts, the battle for real equality is only just beginning. Authentic identity should never be a privilege.

Ability Over Disability - It's Time To Think Outside The Box

Jonathan Allan | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Allan

Problem solving, innovative thinking, good timekeeping and teamwork - these are qualities commonly found in a typical job description. Most of us are able to demonstrate such attributes through examples of past work experience but for many people with a disability, these are all skills that they apply seamlessly to their day to day life.

Our Education Systems Must Explore Human Prejudice From The Very Beginning

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK
Shaun Dellenty

A new academic year! An exciting time ripe with possibilities and promise. It is vital that schools get these all important first days in our educatio...

I Wouldn't Change My Son For The World But I Wish I Could Change The World For My Son

Louise Pedlar | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Parents
Louise Pedlar

everybody banner Sometimes I wish there was some way to make things just a bit simpler for this little star. You wont ever see him complain though, and as parents we always find a way to help him achieve anything he desires, but it sure isn't always easy. And I can only imagine that the older he gets the harder this will become.

Making Digital Skills Initiatives Inclusive By Design

Vicki Hearn | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Tech
Vicki Hearn

The Government's Digital Strategy has huge potential, but we cannot expect a 'one size fits all' approach to digital skills provision to deliver the promise of nobody left behind. Instead, organisations must work collaboratively to create diverse programmes for diverse audiences that are inclusive by design, offering support to the few as well as the many.

Disability Pride Brighton

Jenny Skelton | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Skelton

everybody banner I turned around to see Charlie crouched on the floor of the empty pub. I laughed and asked her what she was doing down there. She grinned as she got up and said that there was a loud noise. Charlie, one of my adopted children, was 19 and had been momentarily alarmed by a loud burst of music from the pub next to the one in which we were being served.

Even Our Hospital Doesn't Have A Toilet That We Can Safely Use

Lorna Fillingham | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Parents
Lorna Fillingham

everybody banner For those that would say I would never lie my child on a toilet floor. Remember this. There are only about 1000 registered Changing Places facilities in the whole of the UK. Many towns and cities do not have a single facility that my daughter can use. There are only a handful of supermarkets in the whole of the UK with these facilities, we all have to shop and even with the power of internet shopping things get forgotten and are needed.

Sex And Inaccessible Queer Venues

Joshua Hepple | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Joshua Hepple

everybody banner I can convey my personality and my intellect in the safe environment of my room before disclosing the nature and severity of my impairment. It is fascinating to see how such a small change can be so empowering. I am the same person, who is wanting the same thing, but approaching it via Grindr has completely changed how I am viewed.

A Marty-Festo For Global Inclusion And Personal Growth

Martyn Sibley | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

Welcome to my latest post. A post sharing a kind of manifesto; my 'Marty-Festo' - see what I did there!? This means I'm going to share the experiences and lessons I have been through recently. Plus the present goals I want to achieve.

Changing The Lives Of Disabled People In South Sudan: The Real Impact Of The Humanitarian Disability Charter

Aleema Shivji | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK
Aleema Shivji

Nine years since I was last here, I'm back in South Sudan, the world's newest nation. Part of the work I am doing here, with our team, is to implement...

Dear Society

Kelly Knox | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kelly Knox

I was not born into this body to be oppressed. I was born into this body to be of service. To help, heal and empower. Shine my light so brightly that you can't ignore me.

Why We Should Include People

Izzy McRae | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Izzy McRae

I guess the only thing we can do is recognise that we're overly sensitive when it comes to getting excluded, and try not to take it too personally. I remind myself of all the people in my life who have gone out of their way to make me feel loved and valued.

Fly Me To The Moon... Not JFK

Dan White | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Parents
Dan White

Moaner. That's the image I am getting lumbered with. A middle-aged man constantly prattling on about lack of disability care and the image this brilliant community often gets lumbered with by politicians and papers. One day I'll lighten up, honest, it's just that until that day I will huff and stomp around like someone constantly looking for the exit in a comedy club run by Jeremy Vine.

Diversity And Inclusion In Schools Is The Law

Tuvia Borok | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Parents
Tuvia Borok

People are often shocked when I say I've suffered parental school gate bullying as a gay dad. And every so often I get challenged on why I feel there is a need to promote LGBT and LGBT family inclusion.

Do We Need More Diversity In The FinTech Sector?

Mark Gossington | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Tech
Mark Gossington

As an LGBT+ man, my needs are different to those of the straight, white male developer. We all have different experiences - black, white, straight, LGBT+, male, female, young, old - and as such the technology we use, if we are valued as consumers, needs to address these distinctions.

To The Family Who Ignored Us At The Zoo

Ruth Drake | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK Parents
Ruth Drake

They were scared of how to react or what they should and shouldn't say to us in our isolating, unfamiliar situation. Maybe they just figured it's just easier to say nothing at all. Well here is my open letter to them about what would have been a more preferable response to us and why, perhaps by sharing this I can help others to feel more confident about interacting with families like ours.

Access For Everyone, We Live In Hope

Dan White | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Parents
Dan White

Our local playground is the communal hub near Emily's school, and not only can she not access it in her wheelchair, but she can't even play on any equipment. When we sent an email of this nature to the local council, I think we terrified the park's department into opening that said file and diving straight to chapter four.

London Begins To Embrace Diversity In Fashion

Rachel Steeden | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Style
Rachel Steeden

London Fashion Week is a must for any fashion junky's diary. A place to see and be seen, the wacky and the wild, the classy and the chic, and let's not forgetting some celebrities perched on the FROW of each show.

The Max Factor - Celebrating My Son Maxwell's Third Birthday On World Down Syndrome Day

Molly Macleod | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Parents
Molly Macleod

Will he be isolated, with no friends because he can't talk to them the way they talk to each other? Will his needs be overlooked when he is in the care of others because they can't understand what he is trying to say through signing? How will he find his place in the world and will his voice ever really be heard and valued?

The Importance Of Diverse Advertising

Neel Dhesi | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Style
Neel Dhesi

On International Women's Day, Garnier UK released an advert on Instagram of six women with the caption "We are strong, We are ambitious, We are awesome (and into double denim), We are women". All six women in the advert are white.

Raising Awareness Of Changing Places Toilets This Disabled Access Day

Laura Rutherford | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

I won't give up campaigning for my child to have the basic human right of access to a toilet when we're out and about. Why should he be excluded? Why shouldn't our family be welcomed everywhere like all other families?

An Opportunity To Share Diverse Stories - International Women's Day

Jenny Garrett | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Garrett

all women everywhere As a black straight woman, from a working class background in Britain, my story may be very different to that of another woman who has not had to experience the same forms of discrimination. All stories are valid, illuminate our experience and highlight the diversity within diversity.

Reactions To My Son's Wheelchair

Laura Rutherford | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

The wheelchair has been great. Pushing him in it is much easier than the buggy he was too big for. And sometimes it helps by providing a quick explanation to strangers when he has challenging behaviour. I suppose because with a wheelchair, disability is quickly visible. But it took a while to get used to having it...