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Legal aid bill puts thousands at risk, says Citizens Advice

Removal of specialist support leaves those wrongly assessed vulnerable to poverty and homelessness, campaigners warn A woman with learning difficulties, severe epilepsy, schizophrenia, cerebral palsy and asthma recently underwent an official assessment of her fitness for work, which concluded that there was nothing preventing her from taking up employment.

Rod Liddle’s attack on disability cannot be ignored | Frances Ryan

By presenting disabled people as scroungers Liddle has done a lasting damage. We must help the public see us as we really are "My new year's resolution for 2012 was to become disabled.
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Not all deaf people want to be ‘fixed’ | Charlie Swinbourne

Cochlear implants work for many deaf people, but the surgery involves big changes – those who reject it should not be judged As a deaf person, there's a few standard things you expect to happen during an audiology appointment . These include: having your hearing checked and your ears piped with warm plasticine to...

MS Society unveils world-first register at start of MS Week

The MS Society has chosen the start of MS Week (23 May) to unveil its ground-breaking MS Register, which it believes will produce the first true picture of MS in the UK and the impact the condition has on people’s lives. Based at Swansea University, it is the first globally, for any condition, to combine...

Disabled People Most Likely to be part of the ‘Nonline Community’

Almost a half of people who have never used the Internet are disabled, according to data published for the first time by Office for National Statistics (ONS) today. Over a third (35.9%) of disabled people have never been online. This compares to only 11.9%for people with no disability.   Across the country as a whole,...

Disability Snowsports UK’s National Skiathon At The Snow Centre, Hemelhempstead

13th May 2011 – Want some fun?  Head to The Snow Centre at Hemel Hempstead on Tuesday May 17th with members of The Ski Club of Great Britain, Ski Sunday¹s Graham Bell and British Olympic rower, Ben Hunt-Davis MBE, in their quest to ski 666 runs in six hours for the Disability Snowsport UK¹s National...

Sight Exhibition Brings A Positive Outlook To Summer

Living an independent and enriched life doesn’t have to stop if you lose your sight.  This positive message will come loud and clear from the New Bingley Hall in Birmingham on 12, 13 and 14 July, when QAC Sight Village opens its doors to the vision impaired community. The annual exhibition is organised by Birmingham’s...

Learning disabled artists meet The Queen at Young People in the Performing Arts reception at Buckingham Palace

It was posh frocks and sharp suits all round yesterday as actors from Mind the Gap, one of the UK’s leading disability related theatre companies, travelled to London to attend a very special reception with The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace. By personal invitation from The Master of the Household on...

New Mobility Event at Marwell Wildlife

A new mobility event is taking place at Marwell Wildlife on 7 – 9 June 2011. Wheelchair users and their carers will be entitled to complimentary entry into Marwell Wildlife, worth up to £13.00 – a chance to get close to the wonders of the natural world and to enjoy a wonderful early summer day...

Valuable Transition Project for Young Deaf Adults 2011

Donaldson’s School in Linlithgow is running life-changing training courses for young deaf adults from all over Scotland, so they can move on from school into the hearing world.  The Transition Project, for young people between 16 and 24 who are deaf or have communication difficulties helps them to access essential services and be more confident...

Equality staff hit back at employer claims on eve of second strike

On the eve of a second strike by Public and Commercial Services union members at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, staff have challenged their employer to provide evidence of its claims or withdraw its comments. As the union’s members walked out for an hour in a dispute over cuts last Wednesday (4 May), a...

Stephen Collins was born with Cerebral Palsy. He has spent most of his life trying to carry out everyday tasks, that most of us take for granted like walking, talking, driving and just living a normal life, but of course its not that simple when your body doesn’t quite work the same way as everyone...