More choice in mental health

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To date, users of mental health services have not been able to choose how and where they receive treatment, unlike users of general NHS services. In April 2014 this will change, in recognition of the governments mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board to equalise the importance of mental health needs with physical health care. From […]

DLA claimants and migration to PIP

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Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is scheduled to replace Disability Living allowance as part of the government reformation of the current benefit system. If you currently claim DLA and are between the ages of 16 and 64 you will be prompted to make an application for PIP. The DWP will notify you at the appropriate time. […]

Crimes against people with disabilities and the elderly in the US

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It well may be a world running in parallel and surprising human synchronicity, says DG Writer Kerry Barr… In Essex, Danvers Massachusetts on the other side of the transatlantic pond, our American cousin state services are working in close collaboration to address crimes against persons with disabilities and elders within their communities. Over there, the […]

New Minister for Disabled People says controversial tests ‘could be positive’

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Conservative Minister for the Disabled, Esther McVey has spoken in parliament about the process of replacing DLA benefits with Personal Independence Payments (PIP) in April, aiming to cut the cost of disability support by 20 percent over the next three years. Ms McVey explained that an initial 560,000 claimants will be reassessed by October 2015, […]

Dancing on the head of a pin: Attitudes towards disability and difference

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DG Writer Kerry Barr considers the issues surrounding how society views disability, using our very own Dancing Giraffe as an example… Anyone is welcome to use this diagnostic conundrum for exposing “lurking in the closet” attitudes towards disability and difference. Whose thought is it anyway? If a giraffe experiences difficulty when attempting to dance on […]

Warning for Essex motorists in icy conditions

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Essex residents are being urged by Essex County Council to travel with extra caution due to icy conditions across the County. Below zero temperatures, combined with surface water and flooding caused by recent rainfall can make roads particularly hazardous, so all motorists are advised to allow extra time for their journeys. County Councillor Derrick Louis, […]

Three hundred people with cataracts or wet AMD needed for two RNIB research reports

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The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is looking for patients and carers to take part in two research projects that will identify what needs to be done to improve access to sight-saving treatments. RNIB is concerned that arbitrary restrictions to cataract surgery and poor care of those with wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (wet […]

Dancing Giraffe’s IDPwD event: In pictures

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Last weekend saw the culmination of months of hard work by Dancing Giraffe, in association with Chelmsford City Council and Anglia Ruskin University, for the International Day for People with Disabilities (IDPwD) event in Chelmsford. Starting on Saturday morning, the event was opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of Chelmsford, Steve Packham, Chief Executive of […]

First local authority to award Social Impact Bond to help young people on the edge of care

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Essex County Council has become the first local authority to commission a Social Impact Bond in Children’s Services, after awarding Social Finance a contract to provide therapeutic support and improve outcomes for adolescents at risk of going into care. Social Finance has raised a total commitment of £3.1m to fund interventions for 11-16 year olds […]

The Site with Style

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‘Blue Badge’ and ‘style’ are not always the first words many people would naturally use together. However, Fiona Jarvis and her site Blue Badge Style aim to change that. Fiona asks: why can we not have style and disability together? Who says that just because you are disabled you don’t want to look good, eat […]

Reinvention of the Pain Discourse by Wellcome Collection

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Bodily and psychological pain remains notoriously elusive to any frustrated attempt at description, regardless how necessary, urgent or heartfelt the situation may be. Many of us can readily testify to its impervious ability to defy articulation, even the loquacious Virginia Woolf lamented “let a sufferer try to describe a pain in his head to a […]

Over three quarters of people with depression report discrimination

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Over a third of participants with a diagnosis of depression reported experience of discrimination because of their condition, according to a global study led by an international team of researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, based at Kings College London. The study, published in the medical journal ‘The Lancet’, used detailed questionnaires across 35 countries […]