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

Disabled people ‘left behind in society’, report finds

Disabled people ‘left behind in society’, report finds Disabled people in the UK are “left behind in society” and have “very poor” life chances, a report has found. The study by the Equality and Human Rights Commission said progress towards equality in the past 20 years was “littered with missed opportunities.” Chantal Chaervey, from Suffolk, said she was left “almost … Read More

Depression is leading cause of disability worldwide, says WHO study

Report a ‘wake-up call’ for countries to rethink approaches to mental health, says agency, revealing that cases have grown by almost 20% in a decade Cases of depression have ballooned almost 20% in a decade, making the debilitating disorder the leading cause of disability worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. By 2015, the number of people globally living with … Read More

Boost for 1,000 people with learning disability or autism

Boost for 1,000 people with learning disability or autism About 1,000 young people with a learning disability or autism are to be offered paid work placements as part of a £10m project. Engage to change will help those taking part with one-on-one job coaching, job matching and interview training. It is hoped it will help to increase people’s confidence and independence. … Read More

Multi-Sensory Theatre Production for Learning Disabled Audiences

Audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities will be taken on a multi-sensory story of discovery in Home at The Courtyard. Frozen Light Theatre Company present their latest production, Home, which tells the story of Scarlet and Olive. In a new environment which is full of surprises, the pair must learn how to survive and create a future together as they … Read More

Depression Is Now The ‘Leading Cause Of Disability Worldwide’, WHO Reports

Depression is now the leading cause of disability across the globe, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed. More than 4% of the world’s population lives with depression – with young people, pregnant or post-partum women, and the elderly being most affected. According to the United Nations (UN), the mental illness costs more than $1 trillion a year globally. This is … Read More