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

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