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

Disabled Youngsters Gifted with £350,000 Ambulances in Nottingham City Council Investment

Some of the city’s most severely disabled children are enjoying an individually tailored journey to school – thanks to a £350,000 cash injection from the local authority. Nottingham City Council has invested £350,000 in nine specially-adapted ambulances to transport severely disabled children to and from Oak Field School and Sports College. A total of 16 pupils are picked up every … Read More

Redefining Diversity – ‘Without Labels’

I wrote this article to try and collect some of my thoughts concerning Diversity and Inclusion. I work with many people who have been given the ‘label’ of being ‘Diverse’ and as, together, we gain an appreciation of the individual’s strengths and abilities, the empirical evidence demands I now ask if it time to redefine ‘Diversity’? Language The dictionary defines … Read More

Disability Discrimination: Your Legal Rights

What qualifies as disability? And what legal protection do people who experience discrimination at work have under the Equality Act? Though many employers are taking steps to improve workplace diversity and increase awareness around mental health, disabled people continue to face discrimination at work. Over half of disabled people have been bullied or harassed in the workplace because of their … Read More

Tackling The Lack Of Diversity In Children’s Books

I believe characters in stories should be as diverse as the people who read them, but only a very small handful of children’s books feature a deaf character. There are more than 45,000 deaf children in the UK. Most are born to hearing parents and go to mainstream schools where they may be the only deaf child, so they can … Read More