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

Apple submits plans for disability emojis including wheelchair users and bionic limbs

Apple is looking to introduce several new emojis representing different disabilities. The tech firm has submitted proposals for 13 emojis depicting wheelchair users, bionic arms, guide dogs, hearing aids and walking sticks. Apple said that only a few of its current emoji set “speak to the life experiences of those with disabilities”. The proposals have been sent to the Unicode Consortium, which will … Read More

Exercise may reduce disability even in frail elders

(Reuters Health) – Sedentary older adults who start exercising may not reduce their risk of becoming frail, but they may experience less disability, a new study suggests. Researchers randomly assigned 1,635 adults ages 70 to 89 to participate either in a structured exercise program or in health education workshops. The exercisers did up to 150 minutes a week of walking … Read More

Inspiring team in the running for trophy

CHADDERTON Park Cerebral Palsy Football team is looking to add another trophy to its cabinet after being shortlisted in the 2017 National Diversity Awards. The CP team was the first in the north west to offer footballing opportunities to youngsters with cerebral palsy and has trail-blazed the sport ever since. Three years on they now have 50 children on their … Read More