Campaigning for people with learning disabilities to live as they choose
‘Freedom for wolves often means death to lambs’ Isaiah Berlin
- The extension of welfare conditionality (sanctions) to
disabled people in receipt of incapacity
benefits does little to facilitate their transitions
into paid work.
- The application of welfare conditionality
exacerbates many disabled people’s existing
illnesses and impairments.
- The Work Capability Assessment is intrusive,
insensitively administered and regularly leads to
- Benefit sanctions have no tangible positive
effects in moving disabled people closer to work. READ MORE
Marsha de Cordova, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, who herself suffers from nystagmus – a condition that causes the involuntary movement of the eye – and is registered as blind, said the entire legal aid system had been “hollowed out”, with terrible results. “Thousands of disabled people are being denied access to justice. When over two-thirds of social security appeals are lost by the Department for Work and Pensions, it is crucial the government adequately funds legal aid to ensure disabled people can have access to justice.”
The Equality and Human Rights Commission published a damning report on the continued struggle that people with disabilities face in Britain. Download the report
Brexit could have a devastating impact on disabled people a leading charity has warned. A report by Camphill Scotland said attempts to restrict freedom of movement of EU nationals or their current rights to work in the UK, could have far reaching consequences.
The voice of people with intellectual impairments and learning disabilities are being drowned out by the more vocal wheelchair lobby. Alain Catzeflis argues that we need to do a great deal more listening
Being born with a learning disability – any disability - is not the result of poor parenting or bad karma. It is a lottery. Equality of opportunity means everyone should have a chance at the jackpot. Read more
How father Mark Neary fought to get his son back. A high court judge ruled Hillingon council had held Steven illegally breaching his human rights
In 2014, one in five people with a learning disability were turned away from a polling station. The barriers to voting for vulnerable people are high
Many people with learning disabilities experience social isolation, often only leaving their homes for a couple of hours each day. Special clubs or nights are popping up for people with learning disabilities
The book Made Possible focuses on people’s talents and futures when austerity and welfare reform is doing the exact opposite
A project that began as a lunch-only cafe is helping disabled people find work in the wider community. Read this Guardian story
The charity Mencap says that a lack of knowledge and training may be contributing to a number of avoidable deaths
Learning Disability England’s Tracy Hammond calls for a culture change after the death of Richard Handley at Mendip House care home
Filmmaker, theatre director and writer Kaiya Stone wants a world that celebrates Neuro-Atypical thought. Click on the image to watch the video
Everyone deserves a helping hand right? John’s Crazy Socks is now shipping to the UK. Watch his sales pitch by clicking on the image.
Ruth Cadbury MP calls for emergency donations of food. The Russell Trust that runs the food bank network around Britain’s said that in the last year it has given 1.2million people emergency food supplies including to people with disabilities many of whom are disabled. Read the report DISABILITY, HEALTH AND HUNGER