Disabled children with behavioural issues ‘hidden away’

Disabled children in England with severe behavioural and complex mental health issues are being “separated and hidden” from society, a review warns. The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) says these children should not be put into institutions at an early age. Such a move costs the taxpayer dear and gives youngsters low ambitions for improving their lives, the CDC says. … Read More

Hate crime towards disabled rises by 700 per cent

Other forms of recorded hate crime incidents seem to be dropping. Recorded hate crime incidents towards disabled people in West Suffolk have risen by more than 700 per cent, according to new figures released by Suffolk Police. In 2015, there were six recorded incidents for the entire year – but in 2016, that figure rose to 49. Other forms of … Read More

High street disability access ‘needs more progress’

Not enough progress has been made to improve disabled access to Welsh high streets, a charity has said. Disability Wales told Good Morning Wales there has been some improvement in the seven years since its Streets Ahead report but more needs to be done, more quickly. The 2008 survey found problems with communication, attitude and access to shops and public … Read More

UK airports asked to make improvements for people with ‘hidden disabilities’

Airports will provide more support for people with hidden disabilities under new guidelines introduced by the aviation regulator. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) guidance sets out how UK airports can make air travel more accessible for people with conditions such as dementia, autism, hearing loss and visual impairment. The guidelines, which hope to reduce stress and anxiety for passengers with … Read More

LGBT people are still mostly invisible in advertising

Minorities including LGBT people are still significantly under-represented in advertising, research has found. The Reflecting Modern Britain report reviewed the top 20 advertising spenders of 2015, and found that less than one fifth of the people featured in TV and press advertisements reflected the full diversity of British society. The research, conducted by Lloyds Banking Group, shows that there remains … Read More

Ju Gosling: ‘Support for disability arts is essential’

Having trained as a dancer, Ju Gosling works across performance and digital arts. She tells Georgia Snow about running disability arts festival Together!, set up after London 2012… Describe the role of the Together! Festival… The festival ties in with UK Disability History Month, a national project that’s been going for seven years. We’ve been running a festival alongside it … Read More

UK to make disability a global priority

International Development Secretary announces new focus on disability on International Day for People with Disabilities The UK will lead a step-change in the world’s efforts to end extreme poverty by pushing disability up the global development agenda, International Development Secretary Priti Patel has announced. To mark International Day for People with Disabilities (3 December) Ms Patel is calling on partners … Read More