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When Lauren Pitt graduated with a 2:1 degree in Theology and built up an extensive list of volunteering experience, she didn’t imagine she would have too many

Source: “I’ve got a good degree and great CV but I’ve been turned down for 250 jobs because I’m blind” | DisabledGo News and Blog

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Some people will defend anything. That’s why, on the day Jacob Rees-Mogg called food banks “uplifting” while volunteers there said they couldn’t stop children starving, comm…

Source: As commenters rush to his support, charities vilify Rees-Mogg’s food bank remark as “unchristian” | Vox Political


More than 80 charities and organisations have called on the government to make urgent changes to disability benefit assessments.

Source: DWP told to ‘get a grip’ over damaging disability benefit assessments


Only one in four blind and partially-sighted people who voted in June’s general election was able to do so independently and in secret, according to a new report. The disability charity RNIB said its Turned Out 2017 report showed that blind and partially-sighted voters “continue to face the same barriers to exercising their democratic right to vote as with previous elections”. It called for the tactile voting device that is currently used in polling stations to be replaced with a new, more accessible system. Eight in 10 of those who used the tactile template to vote at a polling station said they had done so with a companion or member of staff present. RNIB also wants the government to introduce online and telephone options in time for the 2022 general election. And it wants a guarantee that all blind and partially-sighted voters can secure their legal right to vote without any assistance and in secret, so empowering them “to vote on the same terms as everyone else”. One voter, Mohammed

Source: Blind voters unable to vote secretly and independently at election, says survey | DisabledGo News and Blog


Unfortunately until the Government change their attitude towards disability there will never be an opportunity for a change for the better with the public at large , it will even be difficult to maintain the current position so a change for the worse is more likely.

While not actually saying it the Government are indicating that disabled people do not require welfare benefits and even if they do this should be for a limited period to enable them to overcome their disabilities. This could be where the Paralympics comes in for, although, this would not be the intention, the Government (DWP) appear to believe that these Paralympians do not now need benefits and if this is so for them, then it should be so for all other receivers of benefits. This is in fact not correct for it is only because they receive benefits, that they can continue to do the sports they do. without the benefits their participation in sports will eventually be decreasing until they can no longer engage in sports and then they will be back to square one.

The mainstream media go some way to make public this belief and therefore the general public think this is so for every benefit claimant, if one person can overcome their disability then so can all, so those who continue to claim benefits can only be scroungers.

Having a complex needs daughter I am well aware that she will never overcome her disability and will in effect become more disabled with the advent of time, as will many if not all others who have disabilities.

So the starting point is with the Government of the day, but unfortunately all they are contend with is making cuts, on cuts and more cuts, so eventually the number of disabled people will decrease, but only because the Government is making it impossible for them to survive.

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Following our #SportForAll activity this summer and as we head towards the fifth anniversary of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. We’ve discovered that, despite the success of the games themselves, there has been little change in the way disabled people feel they are treated by society and supported by the government.

The London 2012 Paralympic Games ran between 29 August and 9 September. At the time it was Lord Coe’s view that “we would never think of disability in the same way again.”

The Games themselves saw disability given an unprecedented platform, with Paralympics GB taking home 120 medals, and para-athletes like Sarah Storey and Ellie Simmonds becoming household names.

However, our new research reveals that a quarter (28%) of disabled people did not feel the Paralympics delivered a positive legacy for disabled people once the two weeks were over. Over a third (38%) think that attitudes have not improved…

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Powerful and from this I feel worried for equality rights for persons in Scotland.

I am not sure how all this relates politically in Scotland, but I would like to know what the SNPs views are on this. So come forth Nicola Ferguson Sturgeon, MSP for Glasgow Govan and First Minister of Scotland.

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john_wilkes credit thirdforcenews John Wilkes, now chief executive of the Scottish Equality and Human Rights Commission Pic credit:Third Force News

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Meet John  Wilkes. He is now chief executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland. The ECHR’s top campaign at the moment is fighting against  the discrimination  of women who take maternity leave from their jobs.

As the ECHR’s own research says on its latest campaigns website says:

  • Around one in nine mothers (11%) reported that they were either dismissed; made compulsorily redundant, where others in their workplace were not; or treated so poorly they felt they had to leave their job; if scaled up to the general population this could mean as many as 54,000 mothers a year.”

Great words. But they didn’t seem to reach John Wilkes before he took up his highly paid post at the ECHR in Glasgow.

Then he held the job…

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Too many patients are locked into mental health rehabilitation wards far from home, a review of England’s psychiatric services suggests. The Care Quality Commission said there were 3,500 beds in locked facilities across the country, but it believes more people could and should get care in residential settings close to home. The report said safety on mental health wards was another major concern. NHS England said progress was being made with higher funding for care. ‘Kept in for 341 days’ Claire Murdoch, head of mental health for NHS England, added that while there were reasons for optimism, improvements – in line with the priorities set out by the NHS five-year plan – were needed. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) looked at all specialist mental health services across England – inspecting NHS care and services provided by the independent sector. It said almost all services were rated as good or outstanding for having caring and compassionate staff and that there were many examples of

Source: ‘Too many’ patients locked in for mental health care | DisabledGo News and Blog


It is great when we all hear stories such as these, especially in the current climate of many areas of negativity.

In general the Learning Disability community may not be a vast as some other forms of disability, although there are vast numbers of persons with LD with its many related conditions and each person may be different in many ways, but the numbers of related condition and their effects are may be more vast than other disability areas.

LD is an unknown for many within the UK and its press and Government perception is not generally good, thus progressing the negativity relating to LD to the public at large. But this negativity is certainly very misplaced and this negativity needs to be urgently reversed.

While the LD community is very progressive more collective activity needs to be generated and not only between the large national charities, as there are many local independent small and relatively large charities and a vast arrange of support groups, which in the very austere financial climate are not receiving sufficient funding and in many vases no funding at all.

Now is the time for all to come together and in doing so all other related medically based charities to provide wherever possible a joint solid front to the authorities especially on a local level and with these local authorities to central government, which will eventually achieve more for us all and enhance the lives of our loved ones.

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Chris is taking part in RideLondon for Scope next weekend. When his son, Oliver, was born with an undiagnosed condition, Chris didn’t know who to turn to for support.

We had never thought about disability seriously until Oliver was born. Oliver has an undiagnosed genetic condition which has certain physical manifestations. He was born with fused fingers and he has a cleft palate. He has some other conditions and a severe learning disability but it’s quite hard to describe. If your child has Cerebral Palsy or something that has a name, then you know where to go because there are people who will support you for that.

Oliver, a young child wearing glasses, smiles

We’ve also found out that Oliver is very strongly on the autistic spectrum as well. This came as quite a surprise to us because he has a very good sense of humour. He is very naughty but not in a bad way. He…

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for a long time they must pay sleep-in staff at least the minimum wage.

Source: Pay row threatens overnight care for vulnerable | DisabledGo News and Blog


THE SURVIVAL OF SCORES OF CARE PROVIDERS IS AT RISK Royal Mencap Society, one of the country’s leading learning disability charities, has today (19 July) made known that essential care for some of the country’s most vulnerable people – those with serious learning disabilities – is threatened because of a Government failure to grasp the nettle on a critical funding issue. Many of the organisations providing this support are charities, whose very survival is now at risk. Derek Lewis, Chairman of Royal Mencap Society, indicated that a volte-face in Government guidance on National Minimum Wage (NMW)1 payments payable to care staff who sleep at the workplace, together with the precipitate action of HMRC, demanding 6 years back pay, has brought the sector to the brink of disaster. One capable of creating Southern Cross type failures on a multiple scale right across the country. With high politics and Brexit taking centre-stage all attempts to get top levels of Government to take the issue

Source: ROYAL MENCAP SOCIETY CHIEF URGES GOVERNMENT TO AVERT CRISIS IN THE LEARNING DISABILTY SECTOR | DisabledGo News and Blog

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