Although many employers want perfect attendance from their staff, taking time off when ill can have positive benefits for staff and the business. Taking time to deal with mental health issues at an early stage will help to control them before they have the chance to develop into a prolonged absence.
The lack of opportunities to learn BSL is not just a deaf issue; in fact, the survey found young people without hearing impairments were actually more interested in BSL. Over 90% of young people saying they want the chance to learn this language is a demand that the Department for Education must respond to.
Over 7,000 people in the UK rely on an Assistance Dog. Assistance Dogs are dogs trained to assist a disabled person, learning
It is not only illegal under the Equality Act (2010) to turn someone like me away because they are travelling with an assistance dog, but it also can knock a visually impaired person's confidence and prevent them from doing everyday things like travel to work, or visit friends and family.
Last week, the House of Lords Select Committee published their report. In it lies their findings from a call for evidence
For anyone who has an impairment that impacts on their ability get around easily, the concept of access is so much more than just getting into a place. Sure a world with as many ramps as steps would be a dream, but we also need what I would consider obvious, provision like toilets we can easily get into and use without endangering our safety.
Ah, Christmas shopping. The smart ones among us started in August, have all their wrapping done, and are putting their feet up and smirking as they listen to the rest of us mere mortals bemoaning the hazards of shopping in December.
So, what's next? I'm currently seeking further legal advise about the next steps and I will be eagerly awaiting the response from Colin "no case" Riordan. I'd like to thank everyone who's supported our cause so far, both locally and globally. Your words and actions have been extremely heartwarming and have helped me stay strong in the face of a tidal wave of malice and scorn. Here's to the future. It's going to be a bumpy ride.
The Equality Act was a fantastic achievement. However, there is more work to be done.
One of the things I expect from the people who run the country I live in is to enforce the laws of the country. Yet time and time again disabled people are faced with businesses that just do not make themselves accessible to disabled customers, and the excuse is nearly always expense.