Author: Katie Campbell

Disability Confident scheme spearheaded by retail leaders

Sarah Newton, the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work has encouraged retailers to realise the benefits of employing people with disabilities as the government launches its new campaign in the Disability Confident scheme. The scheme comes as official statistics note that there are around 123,000 vacancies in the retail and wholesale sector, many of which could be filled by people with disabilities. Sarah Newton said: “Disabled people can bring a wealth of talent and different perspectives to an organisation, and I want to encourage more retailers to make sure they’re not missing out on this huge untapped pool...

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Advocate Natalie Weaver wins battle over Twitter Troll

American advocate Natalie Weaver has, after months of fighting with Twitter, won her battle to have an online troll using an image of her daughter to advocate eugenics removed from the social media platform. Natalie, whose nine-year-old daughter Sophia has a unique combination of disabilities, including deformities to her face, hands and feet, type 1 diabetes and Rett Syndrome, became the face of a vile tweet which took a picture of Sophia from an online news piece and used it to advocate the account holder’s views on aborting babies with disabilities, among other cruel things. A report was filed...

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France announce people with disabilities to be given the right to vote

France last week announced that all people with disabilities are to be granted the right to vote, as reported by Human Rights Watch. Previously, France’s Article 5 of France’s Electoral Code has allowed judges to prevent people who have been assigned a guardian from voting, which is most likely to affect someone who has a disability. France’s State Secretary for Persons with Disabilities, Sophie Cluzel has said however that people with disabilities who have a guardian should not be prevented from voting. Cluezel said: “Our French legislation cannot on the one hand assert that people with disabilities are citizens...

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Children Today give young woman “unbreakable” bed

Children’s charity Children Today have changed the life of a young woman with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Condition by providing her with an “unbreakable” bed. 20-year-old Ruby has severe learning disabilities and behavioral issues and is prone to rocking back and forwards and bouncing on her bed due to her sensory needs. Because of this, she has broken her last three beds, the joints of which could not take the pressure they were under. The idea to purchase Ruby an “unbreakable” bed came when she visited the respite care home that she stays in once a week, and carers...

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Family Fund charity grants help families thrive

Families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people in need of financial assistance can turn to charity Family Fund, the UK’s largest provider of charitable grants. The charity aims to provide these families with the same opportunities as able-bodied families through the provision of grants to fund essentials such as: washing machines, bedding, and computers; clothing and sensory toys for children; and family breaks to provide some much-needed relaxation. In providing these, Family Fund hopes to ease the emotional, physical and financial struggle which families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people may face. Erin is...

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