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Housing and work needs for disabled people should be priorities for new Prime Minister

Leading disability charity Papworth Trust has called on new Prime Minister Theresa May to prioritise housing and work needs for disabled and older people. On the day Mrs May replaces David Cameron at Number 10, the charity has urged the new PM to continue with the Government’s public ambition of halving the disability employment gap. Addressing the social care crisis by ... Read More »

Purple Launched To Tackle Inequity in Employment for Disabled People

Almost half of UK businesses (45 per cent) are apprehensive about hiring someone with a disability because of fears they won’t be able to do the job and concerns about making inappropriate comments or actions, according to new research. The findings were revealed as part of a survey of a thousand businesses* to coincide with the launch of Purple – ... Read More »

Disability champion appointed to lead Leonard Cheshire

Leonard Cheshire Disability announced that Neil Heslop, OBE, is joining the charity as chief executive on 1 October. Neil, currently Managing Director, RNIB Solutions, is also co-founder and trustee of Blind in Business, an organisation he set up over twenty years ago. Neil, who lost his sight aged 21, joined RNIB in May 2013. He is a graduate in Law ... Read More »

Brexit’s impact on disability employment in the UK

Opportunities for disabled people in the workplace are likely to come under threat unless government prioritises the recreation of EU safeguards into British statute. That is according to diversity consultancy, The Clear Company, which contributes to the government’s Disability Confident campaign. The  EU  and  its  Member  States  have  a  strong mandate  to  improve  the  social  and  economic  situation of people ... Read More »

Teen living with Moebius Syndrome awarded national NCS role

A teenager from Sheffield living with Moebius Syndrome, an extremely rare congenital neurological disorder, has been selected for a national position at the country’s flagship youth programme, National Citizen Service (NCS). The role recognises the teenager’s huge transformation on the youth programme last summer and his contribution to the local community. Within his new role as Social Inclusion Ambassador at ... Read More »

Action for blind people Concept Birmingham team leader retires

Team leader of Birmingham conference centre retires after a decade of supporting blind people into work. Jo Parsons, team leader of Action for Blind People’s Concept Conference Centre, is leaving after 11 years of inspiring blind and partially sighted trainees. Jo was approached by RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) to set up the conference centre in 2005 to ... Read More »

NFTS and Channel 4 looking for filmmakers from diverse backgrounds

Channel 4 bursary scheme available to NFTS applicants The National Film and Television School, in partnership with Channel 4, is looking for applicants from diverse backgrounds to enrol onto its Directing Fiction and Cinematography MA courses. The bursaries are particularly aimed at people with disabilities, and people from BAME or socially disadvantaged backgrounds as these groups are underrepresented in television ... Read More »

Channel 4’s Production Training Scheme is open for applications!

Due to a lack of representation in the industry, this year the scheme is targeted at people with disabilities and those from BAME backgrounds. The scheme provides a 12 month contract to work at one of the independent production companies who produce some of Channel 4’s award winning content, as well as a great training package to ensure each participant ... Read More »

Inaugural event from ATEC hailed as a great success

Barclays sponsored a landmark event in May for those working in the field of assistive technology. Over 220 disability professionals met at Jury’s Inn in Oxford for the first Assistive Technology Exhibition and Conference (ATEC). This is an exciting but challenging time for those who work in the post 16 sector with changes to the Disabled Students’ Allowance and Access ... Read More »

Lanarkshire boss backs apprenticeships

A South Lanarkshire employer who used his own experience of disability to build a socially driven courier company has recruited its first Modern Apprentice. Bruce Gunn’s life changed in 2008 after an allergic reaction to a mosquito bite on a family holiday lead to a long-term illness. He couldn’t walk and was housebound for three years. He felt he couldn’t ... Read More »

How Businesses can be DDA compliant starting today

This article was written by John Moran, a director at Minerva Security, which shares over 70 years of experience in the commercial security and fire safety industry. Whilst it is a really positive move that more and more companies are employing people with disabilities it does mean that these companies will invariably have to alter their premises. These changes will ... Read More »

Help Bield Make Volunteering a Fine Art

A Retirement Housing Development in Dunbar is looking for friendly and enthusiastic volunteers to help tenants to get creative by engaging with art. Bield’s Southfield Court development would like artistically minded volunteers to take lessons with tenants and help build on the talents and drive they have gained from previous classes. The Art Tutor will be asked to share the ... Read More »