‘Purple Tuesday’ to promote shopping access for disabled

Argos, Asda, Sainsbury’s, and Marks & Spencer are among those that have signed up to try to make shopping more inclusive. Sky News has been given details about the UK’s first ever accessible shopping day aimed at getting retailers to take all kinds of disability seriously. Backed by the government and major high street names, “Purple Tuesday” will take place … Read More

Disability hate crimes: Charity staff trained to spot signs

A charity in Leeds is training its staff to help people with disabilities spot the signs of hate crimes. It comes after police figures show disability hate crimes and incidents have risen by 72% across West Yorkshire from 256 in 2014/15 to 915 in 2017/18. United Response is now working with police to help people recognise hate crimes and know … Read More

Inspirational Stuart is the perfect role model

An inspirational man born with brittle bone disease has been shortlisted for a prestigious award. Stuart Thompson, from Mersea, is one of eight finalists in with a chance of winning the Positive Role Model Award for Disability at the National Diversity Awards. Community organisations and role models from across the country will head to Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on September 14 … Read More

How airports are improving travel for passengers with hidden disabilities

UK airports are making progress when it comes to helping passengers with hidden disabilities, according to a new report published by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) today. Hidden disabilities can include autism, dementia and hearing loss and many other conditions that are not immediately obvious. This follows the CAA issuing new guidance for airports in December 2016 on how to improve the assistance … Read More

Disabled Man Wins Landmark Discrimination Case

A 64 year old London man with Multiple Sclerosis has won his claim of disability discrimination against a management company after it failed to make reasonable adjustments to enable him to use the leisure club at the block of flats in which he lives, and indirectly discriminated against him because of his disability. Alongside ruling that the management company had … Read More

Charities who help people with disabilities receive UK aid funding boost

Charities which help people with disabilities in developing countries have been given a major funding boost. AbleChild Africa, Humanity and Inclusion, British and Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group, Orbis Charitable Trust and Deafkidz concentrate a lot of their work on people with disabilities who can be marginalised by society. They work with people of all ages in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Rwanda, Ethiopia … Read More

Britain’s Got Talent: Is Lost Voice Guy’s win a watershed moment for disability?

On Sunday evening, Britain’s Got Talent drew to a close and this year’s winner was crowned. Nothing unusual there. But Lost Voice Guy’s victory wasn’t just notable because he was the first comedian to win in the show’s history – but also because he has cerebral palsy. Furthermore, the runner-up, another comedian named Robert White, has Asperger syndrome. The pair … Read More

Access to work: Funding increase for disabled workers

The maximum amount disabled people can claim to help them access employment is set to increase to £57,000 a year. This is a £15,000 – or 38% – rise from the current cap on Access to Work funding, which was introduced in 2015. The work and pensions secretary said the move was part of the government’s commitment to have one … Read More

We know about the gender pay gap. But what about the disability pay gap?

Disabled people are made to feel grateful for having a job at all. It is time we were brought into the conversation Forcing companies to disclose their gender pay gap has been like pulling back the curtain. For the first time, we’re seeing the real picture behind the often-secretive world of pay: one in which every industry from academia and … Read More