England CP Football Captain Jack Rutter Devastated As Rule Change Ends Career


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England Cerebral Palsy captain Jack Rutter says he is “devastated” after a change to classification rules led to an immediate end to his career.

The 27-year-old, who also skippered ParalympicsGB’s cerebral palsy side, has accepted a coaching role with the Football Association.

Revised rules regarding the level of a player’s impairment have led to Rutter being classified as ineligible to play.

“It’ll affect teams around the world,” he told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

“I’m absolutely devastated and I feel like I’ve lost a lot. I’m fairly fit still so I had at least another five years of playing in me.

“But I’ve got lots of opportunities available to me now and I just want to try and help the next generation now.”

Following research, the International Federation for CP football have amended the level of impairment required for a player to be eligible.

“Now any player who hasn’t got spasticity in…

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Turning Paralympians into ‘superhumans’ is no help to disabled people | Penny Pepper | Opinion | The Guardian


We’re not heroes, we’re not scroungers, we’re ordinary people who want rights, and some relief from the attacks on our daily life by government

Source: Turning Paralympians into ‘superhumans’ is no help to disabled people | Penny Pepper | Opinion | The Guardian

From London to Rio, 2012’s Paralympic legacy has been shamefully betrayed | Jackie Ashley | Opinion | The Guardian


Yes, the 2012 Paralympics were a success while the event was being held, but afterwards the Government and media went back to square one showing constant abuse towards disabled people, mainly with regards to disability benefits. What examples are these giving to some of those persons within the UK popuation to persuade them to change their abusive attitudes towards persons with disabilities.

Then we have Rio who felt the Olympics was more important than the Paralympics in stealing funding that should have been available for use to run the Paralympics and the travel costs for the competitors to attend. They closed some stadiums and reduced transport access implying the Paralympics was a lessor event.

Not all the blame can be attributed to Rio as a portion of the blame rests with the Olympic and Paralympic committees in allocating the events to a country who would always struggle to run one event let alone two.

Yes, the Rio Olympics were eventually a success, but at what cost to the Paralympics. The needs of both competitions need to be equally considered by the ruling bodies and to a large extent on the countries bidding to hold them.

Now some of the competitors will not be able to attend the Paralympics creating great disappointment for them and showing disregard for the training they have undertaken.

No one event should be held higher than the other. Hopefully for those competitors who can still attend, the event will be a success, but those attending will have regrets for those who can not now attend.

This is a very sorry state of affairs and one that should never be repeated.


Source: From London to Rio, 2012’s Paralympic legacy has been shamefully betrayed | Jackie Ashley | Opinion | The Guardian

What today’s budget means for disabled people


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The Government announced measures on Extra Costs payments, employment support, and disability sport in today’s annual budget. In this blog we look at the impact this will have on disabled people’s lives. 

Lower economic growth figures and tax revenues meant the Chancellor announced today further public spending reductions of £3.5 billion by 2020.

Given that certain areas – such as health, schools and international aid – are ring fenced, this means that unprotected areas of Government spending will see further reductions.

Extra Costs and PIP

Today the Chancellor confirmed changes to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments which will affect 640,000 people and aims to save £1.2billion.

Scope research shows that disabled people spend an average of £550 a month on the extra costs of being disabled.

Extra cost payments – Disability Living Allowance and PIP – make a vital contribution in covering these costs – currently £360 a month on average.

The PIP assessment changes, announced…

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How to use your disability as a strength when applying for jobs


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We recently published an article on the blog about how disabled students are scared to let potential employers know about their disability in case it had an impact on the final decision. But a recent article in the Guardian explains how you can use your disability as a strength when applying for jobs.

Career advisers told me to hide my disability on applications, but being open and turning it into a strength helped me get a graduate job.

Recent research conducted by greatwithdisability.com noted 77% of disabled applicants were fearful of disclosing their disability in case of discrimination.

I have cerebral palsy, a physical disability I’ve had since being born 11 weeks premature. Due to my disability, I walk with two walking sticks, can only walk short distances, and have trouble balancing unaided. My life has been a constant adaption to the norm. I went to a specialist primary school before being integrated into mainstream education. I went through my childhood not having the ability to ride a bike or play football; thus I spent my time at adapted youth clubs and playing disability sport. I drive a car with adapted hand controls instead of conventional pedals. These adaptions and adjustments have become common place in society, though the working world is often seen as being steps behind.

On average, recruiters spend just 8.8 seconds reading your CV. So what makes a successful job application?

My biggest fear when applying for graduate roles was that my disability would mean I’d be phased out or not considered to be up to standard. It’s an incredibly difficult position to be in. How do I accurately, yet positively, portray my disability? When, if at all, do I disclose my disability to my potential employer? And, how can I be sure my disability doesn’t affect my ability to do my job, especially once I’ve been hired and I’m in the working environment for real?

I work for EY, a professional services firm I’ve been with for four years, since joining as a graduate in 2011. Looking back, there were three pivotal steps to my success when securing my first job.

1. The application form

The first tip I was given by careers advisers, which should be ignored, is “do not disclose your disability”. This lack of openness appealed to my fears of discrimination and was the obvious, easy choice. Not disclosing, however, really restricted my options when application forms started to ask for examples, such as:

  • Examples of times when I’d worked in a team
  • Examples of times when I’ve overcome a challenge

I had limited myself: my wheelchair tennis or multilevel orthopaedic surgery were clearly great examples that I now couldn’t reference. I ended up hiding the true me.

Suffice to say, my application to EY was one of the few where I was completely open. This decision was made easier by being presented a text box in which I could write about my disability, rather than just a box to tick.

2. The interview

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The second tip I ignored was the ignorant phrase that if the application form was where you “talk the talk”; the interview is where you “walk the walk”. That’s not quite the right advice to give a physically disabled candidate.

I recall part-time job interviews I failed in after hiding my disability on my CV or application form. I ended up feeling incredibly uncomfortable during the interviews since, as the panel had only just realised my disability, conversation inevitably turned to how it may impact my ability to perform the job. It quickly became apparent that the sooner I was open about my disability, the sooner the employer could consider reasonable adjustments and see past my potential disadvantages. I suppose I was better off not gaining that bartender job after all.

I used my interviews instead to show the true me, with shortcomings that I was aware of, and development points I knew I could strengthen. It seems that suffering from a disability can give you a tremendous level of self-awareness which shouldn’t be ignored.

Being open also allowed me to make sure all the necessary adjustments were in place for a fair interview, such as a suitable chair and accessible facilities.

3. The career

The final tip, the one I use every day, is this: make sure the role you’re applying for allows you to be the best you can be. This matches my experiences perfectly.

Being open throughout the recruitment process and now with my colleagues and co-workers, means I can continue to be at my best. I can continue to live an (adapted) working life, and I can be proud of each of my successes.

My disability has started to enable me to make a difference. Working for a multinational firm I’ve been able to promote disability awareness on a larger scale, and, through their support, I’ve been able to raise thousands of pounds for charity and advertise the abilities of disability.

There is still a long way to go. Disability is such a broad definition, and a disability can affect each person in such a variety of ways, but that, in my view, is even more reason to continue to broadcast the best things about disability.

While my four years of working life have not been plain sailing, they have shown me there are no barriers to success which can’t be overcome. I wish I could tell my newly-graduated self that I should have had confidence in my potential employers, and confidence in myself. Recruiters want to hire real people, with real experiences, and having a disability means you have a unique perspective, an inherent ability to overcome adversity.

Next time when someone asks me whether to disclose my disability, I will respond confidently:

Dear Employer. I suffer from a disability. It doesn’t completely define me, it just enhances me in a way which differentiates and strengthens me. My disability should be viewed as ability: to see the world in a different way.”

Read the full article online: http://www.theguardian.com/careers/2015/may/06/how-to-use-your-disability-as-a-strength-when-applying-for-jobs

Roisin Norris

Hi I’m Roisin Norris, Digital Marketing Executive at DisabledGo and I will be uploading blogs and news for you all to read.

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