Andrew, 5, Gets Iron Man Hand

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A disabled boy who is a huge fan of Marvel comics has been given a new superhero hand like Iron Man’s, thanks to a prosthetic made by staff and students at a local academy. The hand, made on a 3D printer, means that Andrew Traynor, 5, can manage everyday tasks, grip his comics properly to […]

Less worth, less pay? No Way!

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It is clearly a shocking fact that less than 5% of adults with learning disabilities are in paid employment. This means that most people with learning issues have less opportunity to fully achieve financial independence. Generally, they are denied the opportunity to share with society their unique gifts and talents in a manner suited to […]

We are working… PIP is not!

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Organisations that help people with disabilities claim benefits joined forces recently to tell the government about the problems people are having when they make a claim. They were speaking about the serious and disturbing problems that we experience when we apply for Personal Independence Payments (PIP), which is now replacing what used to be DLA. […]

Dementia: Cities, Communities and Businesses That Care

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We are all living longer, and dementia touches all of our lives. By 2030, the World Health Organisation predicts that 75.6 million people globally will have the disease. The good news, however, is that cities, communities and businesses worldwide are taking steps to address the problem. Becoming “dementia-friendly” is on the rise, and growing. Becoming […]

Work and Disability: Your rights explained

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Research has shown that people with disabilities who work, have extra challenges that the non-disabled often don’t consider. More than half of those of us with disabilities, who are in paid or unpaid work, become victims of bullying or discrimination because of our condition. This is unfair and against the law. In efforts to avoid […]

Cancer Survivor Speaks Out About the Dangers of Asbestos

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American cancer survivor, Katherine Keys, contacted us to share her story. She was exposed to lethal asbestos fibres when her office was being remodelled and soon developed Pleural Mesothelioma, a cancer that affects the lungs. “At first I thought I had the flu. I was prescribed medication and painkillers but the pain persisted. When the […]

Disabled Access Day This Weekend

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Disabled people who are actively looking to get out and about will be rewarded with a special weekend of events running from 10th to 12th March. Now in its third year, Disabled Access Day will provide a unique opportunity for disabled people, and their companions, to visit a large number of businesses and attractions all […]

Equality of Quality… What Next?

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The government Minister for people with disabilities, Penny Mordaunt, has recently announced the creation of what she called ‘Sector Champions’. These will be people who have demonstrated a commitment to equal opportunities for those of us with disabilities. Within the worlds of industry, entertainment, artistic and public life, Sector Champions will be expected to play […]

Disabled People With Their Own Work Solutions

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One of the key problems faced by disabled people is adapting to a jobs market that is not necessarily geared up to handling disability. Matthew, Rob and Jacob have come up with their own work solutions, however, as revealed recently in a BBC feature about how disabled people can make the workplace work for them. […]

Is the issue of Disability and Employment getting worse?

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There have been many horror stories about the Government’s policy on disability, employment and the disastrous ‘fit to work’ scheme. There was the tragic tale of Lawrence Bond who, despite suffering with a heart condition, shortness of breath and possible mental health issues, was declared ‘fit to work’. His benefits were cut and he was […]