In general having a disability or disabilities means it costs more to live, therefore if the benefits system penalises persons with disabilities, not only do they not have the additional income, but effectively less income.
People are encouraged to do all they can to improve their lives and are then penalised for doing so. In many of these instances it is the benefits they receive which enable them to participate in the wellbeing activities and when these benefits are withdrawn due to their increased wellbeing they go back to how they were when they had not undertaken the wellbeing tasks, therefore they then have to go through the benefit process again.
Is this not ridiculous?
Yes, there are persons within the benefit system who should not be there, but these persons are more likely to know their way through the system and still retain their benefits, while genuine claimants fall by the wayside.
It is these non-genuine claimants, the real scroungers, that should be caught in the system, not the genuine claimants and the scroungers will be minimal in number and not the majority which the Government and the media tend to imply.
A friend recently told me about how he had been angry and offensive to a colleague who suffers from ADHD and depression and struggles to maintain concentration: “If nobody puts him back in his place, he will never improve,” he said. I was shocked, and reminded of how difficult managing a disability can be.
The thing is, I’m disabled too. But in a perverse sense I’m lucky, as I can hide my disability. I often wonder if I would struggle to manage my behaviour, too, if I received the same treatment as my colleague with a more visible disability.
Attorney general and racist Keebler elf Jefferson Sessions gave people with disabilities something worse than a lump of coal for Christmas—he rescinded 10 documents offering guidance on disability rights. One, from 2016, protected people with disabilities from exploitation on the job and ensured that they had the chance to move into integrated job settings if able to do so. There’s real money in taking away these rights, David Perry reports at Pacific Standard:
Segregated workshops are legally allowed to pay disabled workers pennies per hour. They are incredibly lucrative, and often their owners use their wealth to buy political access. But in 2015, a class action suit in Oregon (Lane v. Brown) and a consent decree in Rhode Island resulted in the new DOJ guidelines: Basically, everyone deserve
Year-long campaign will focus on disability and health inequalities, challenging providers to improve services
Should being in good health look different for someone who is deaf? How do you know if a person with autism is unwell if they cannot tell you? These are among the questions all social care professionals – from care managers to nurses – should be asking to tackle the significant health inequalities experienced by people with disabilities.
People with disabilities also often live shorter lives, and early deaths among people with autism and Down’s syndrome are a key concern; on average, their life expectancy is nearly 20 years less than the general population, their risk of dying from heart-related diseases isthree times higher, and the odds are even greater with respiratory diseases such as pneumonia.
Nurses and care workers can also reach the wrong assumptions, especially if the person they are supporting is not able to say they are ill. A person with a learning disability may be denied pain management because they cannot tell a doctor they are in discomfort. They may not access services in the first place because the struggle to make themselves understood is too great. What’s more, these services may not be designed with their needs in mind.
To help tackle these issues, Turning Point has designed a simple online guide, with the hope that support workers use it to advocate more on behalf of the people they are supporting at GP appointments.
The NHS has stated that reducing mortality rates is a priority and has commissioned a review. Managed by researchers at the University of Bristol, the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review Programme aims to understand the circumstances behind these premature deaths and improve services for people with learning disabilities. Healthcare professionals are being encouraged to notify the programme of the deaths of any of their patients, and to be involved with a review of why they died.
As well as failing to receive medical support, people with learning disabilities can be over-medicated, too. The inappropriate use of drugs to manage mood or behaviour can create long-term side-effects including weight gain, organ failure and even premature death.
On an average day, up to 35,000 people in England with a learning disability or autism (or both) take these medications without appropriate clinical justification. This has led to a call to action by user groups, professional bodies, the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) and NHS England to stop this practice.
Called Stomp, the campaign’s pledge has been signed by 127 organisations and seeks to improve the quality of life and health of people with learning disabilities by ensuring they receive the right amount of medication – and for the right reasons.
Progress on this issue requires simple steps, such as encouraging people with disabilities to have regular medication reviews with GPs and supporting health professionals to involve them in decisions.
With more than 80 members, including Turning Point, VODG represents organisations supporting more than one million disabled people. Its goal is to challenge providers to take action and improve services.
To achieve this, it has set up a working group to investigate what members are doing to tackle unjust differences in people’s health, to learn from each other and to promote good practice across its membership. We highlighted the issue at a conference in Birmingham this month, discussing action plans that resulted in those who attended signing pledges. The pledges will be posted on the VODG website and members will be emailed in six months to measure progress.
We do not want to reinvent what is already out there but to learn and promote what works. For example, monitoring forms are being developed by Sense to check on the health of people with congenital rubella syndrome.
Independence, choice and control are as important for people with disabilities as anyone else, but they will not have these unless we create services that are progressive, high quality and sustainable.
Introducing the Diversability Card, the official discount card for people with disabilities, providing exclusive and market-leading discounts with the UK’s favourite brands, service and entertainment providers. The card has been founded by disability rights campaigner Shani Dhanda, who lives with a rare genetic condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, more commonly known as Brittle Bone Disease, affecting only one in 15,000 people in the UK. With mainstream media throwing out images of unattainable perfection, lacking any social and cultural relevance to ethnic minority communities, raising awareness around disability and diversity is Shani’s passion. ‘I had the idea to create the card a few years ago after completing my dissertation research, which explored the barriers to accessible leisure for people with disabilities. My research showed that tangible barriers, such as poor accessibility was not the main reason why many individuals of this consumer group feel discouraged to go