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Northgate warns Blue Badge users to look out for dubious websites

Northgate warns Blue Badge users to look out for dubious websites

“Don’t be conned into paying someone more than you have to, to purchase your Blue Badge,” Northgate Public Services  warns applicants for the successful Blue Badge Improvement Service (BBIS), after it was found that unauthorised online services are asking  applicants to pay them £49 to apply for a blue badge. To make an application for a blue...

Sightsavers launches Change.org petition to secure real change for people with disabilities

Following calls last week from MPs for the UK government to make disability a priority in plans to fight global poverty, international development organisation Sightsavers has launched a petition to gain public support for its first campaign, Put Us in the Picture. The Change.org petition calls on Justine Greening MP (Secretary of State for International Development)...
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Barrier Free Travel: inspiration at NAIDEX from the GNTO

Barrier Free Travel: inspiration at NAIDEX from the GNTO

London, 11th April 2014 – the German National Tourist Office (GNTO) will be exhibiting at NAIDEX, the UK’s largest disability and homecare event, for the very first time in 2014. The decision to attend NAIDEX (29th April – 1st May 2014) was made following the successful launch of the GNTO’s new ’Barrier-Free’ travel campaign in September...
John Beresford Case Study

John Beresford Case Study

John approached us in February this year. An experienced engineer, John knew there had to be an alternative solution in the market place to a stair lift. Adapting the family home was simply not an option for John and his wife. A further challenge was the shape of the staircase. The stairs were an ample...
Paula's Story

Paula’s Story

Paula’s Story is a true and moving drama telling the story of Paula Rees, Chickenshed’s Writer in Residence. Set in the late 1970s and 1980s, Paula’s Story takes us on an incredibly journey of love, courage and commitment in the belief that every human being has the right to be nurtured.  It tells of the...

Barrier Free Travel: inspiration at NAIDEX from the GNTO

London, 11th April 2014 – the German National Tourist Office (GNTO) will be exhibiting at NAIDEX, the UK’s largest disability and homecare event, for the very first time in 2014. The decision to attend NAIDEX (29th April – 1st May 2014) was made following the successful launch of the GNTO’s new ’Barrier-Free’ travel campaign in September...

EFDS responds to the All-Party Commission on Physical Activity call for a national plan of action

The All-Party Commission on physical activity published its findings yesterday (8 April) from a five-month investigation into physical inactivity across the UK. The English Federation of Disability Sport welcomes this All Party commitment to physical activity whilst stressing the need to ensure that the proposed actions benefit disabled people directly. Their report, Tackling Physical Inactivity – A...
Assisted Performance listings, April 2014 - January 2015

Assisted Performance listings, April 2014 – January 2015

    NATIONAL THEATRE ASSISTED PERFORMANCES:  APRIL 2014 – JANUARY 2015 Olivier Theatre KING LEAR by William Shakespeare directed by Sam Mendes Simon Russell Beale takes the title role in Shakespeare’s tragedy.   CAPTIONED Monday 19 May at 7pm   AUDIO DESCRIBED Saturday 17 May at 2pm   TOUCH TOUR Saturday 17 May at 12.30pm...

How Skills for Care can help you

If you employ a personal assistant (PA) using direct payments, a personal care budget or your own money, you are an individual employer. There are many benefits to employing your own staff to provide care and support in your own home but we also know that being an employer can be daunting and confusing. Skills for Care has...

How can I tell if my disabled child is being abused?

Disabled children can be more vulnerable to abuse than non-disabled children. As well as neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse, these children may suffer more subtle forms of abuse, like being deprived of a way of communicating or being prevented from seeing people outside of their usual environment. Disabled children may be more vulnerable because...
There's a better way to support disabled people – listen to us, for starters

There’s a better way to support disabled people – listen to us, for starters

Disabled people are being failed in every way by employment and support allowance and the Work Programme. The Spartacus network’s new report has an alternative vision Employment and support allowance (ESA), the benefit that provides support if you are too ill or become so disabled that you cannot work, isfailing on every level. Today, the Spartacus...
Sick Kids Use Google Glass to Virtually Visit the Zoo

Sick Kids Use Google Glass to Virtually Visit the Zoo

With all the talk of Google Glass’ supposed image problem, it’s easy to forget that the technology can enable some wonderful things. For proof, look no further than a children’s hospital in Houston that is is taking advantage of Glass to bring some happiness to sick kids. Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston recently gave some...