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

One in four Brits admit to avoiding conversations with disabled people

‘Fear of causing offence’ and ‘feeling uncomfortable’ cited as reasons for not speaking to disabled people One in four people admit they have actively avoided conversations with disabled people, research shows, prompting concerns that there is a ”silent epidemic” of isolation across the UK. A survey of more than 2,000 people by national disability charity Sense found that half (52 per cent) believed … Read More

Blog by Sarah-Victoria Bayley, 2017 Positive Role Model Award Nominee

This is a blog written by Sarah-Victoria Bayley, nominee for the 2017 Positive Role Model Award. Hello, I’m Sarah-Victoria Bayley, a 34 year old disabled single mother of three beautiful children. I am also a national beauty queen holding the title of Woman Crown and Glory Scotland 2017/18. Becoming a titleholder was always a dream of mine as it now … Read More

People with autism among most likely to fall victim to disability hate crime, figures show

People with autism among most likely to fall victim to disability hate crime, figures show People who suffer from learning disabilities and autism are considerably more likely to experience hate crime than other disabled groups, figures show. Analysis by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows people whose disability impacts them “socially and behaviourally” were four times more likely to … Read More

Thousands of Scottish wheelchair users inadequately housed

Thousands of Scottish wheelchair users inadequately housed A new report into life for disabled people across Great Britain by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has highlighted a decrease in the amount of wheelchair adapted local authority housing in Scotland. According to the report, up to 17,000 Scottish wheelchair users (15% of all wheelchair users in Scotland) are now inadequately housed … Read More