£1 million funding for grassroots disability organisations

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Government Minister for Disabled People, Esther McVey has spoken about the importance of the work undertaken by Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations (DPULOs). The Minister stressed that they “play a vital role in making sure disabled people have their voices heard at every level” and also that the support and services offered by user-led groups can […]

Chelmsford art exhibition opens showcasing the talents of artists with disabilities for IDPwD

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A new art exhibition has been launched in Chelmsford showcasing the considerable talents of artists with disabilities. Part of the International Day for People with Disabilities (IDPwD) event being held on the 1st of December at Anglia Ruskin University, last night’s exhibition opening was attended by the Deputy Mayor of Chelmsford, and includes works by […]

Hate crime in the UK: A growing problem, or a new solution?

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Recent headlines have revealed an alarming trend – a 400 percent increase in reports of hate crime targeting disabled people. A number of reasons have been suggested, not least renewed resentment of benefits claimants at a time of serious financial pressure. But Essex Police have another, more positive explanation: increased awareness of hate crime leading […]

Hate crime: What you need to know

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With recent statistics showing that disability hate crime has risen by almost 25 percent in the last year alone, the need for a zero tolerance policy against this type of discrimination is bigger than ever. Dancing Giraffe spoke to Essex Police about how they are tackling hate crime, and what you can do if you […]

ECDP launches Disability Inclusion Society community projects

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In collaboration with Essex Social Services, Basildon Council and MP Stephen Metcalf, Essex Coalition for Disabled People (ECDP) has launched a new community interest group. The Disability Inclusion Society has been set up to work with small groups of disabled and non-disabled individuals on community projects. Working with trained artists, DIS will allow up to […]

Atos is not meeting service standards for medical assessments, according to Audit Office

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A performance review completed by the National Audit Office (NAO) has found that Atos Healthcare has not routinely met the service standards of their medical assessments contract. According to the data provided, Atos is failing to meet targets that include seeing at least 99 percent of all medical assessment customers, clearing cases within stated time […]

£50 million investment to give people with dementia specially designed care

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Government Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt has announced that up to £50 million is to be allocated for the care of those diagnosed with dementia, in a treatment focused endeavour to create therapeutically strategic surroundings that have been found to offset confusion and encourage a peaceful atmosphere. The Health Secretary insisted that: “Being one of the […]

Mental Health Foundation launches two films highlighting the ability of people with dementia to influence services and policies

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A duo of inspiring films, produced by the Mental Health Foundation, demonstrate that people with dementia are able to exercise their rights to inform service provision, public attitude and government policy. With funding sourced from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Mental Health Foundation in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Society and Innovations in Dementia, is marking […]