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Keep up to date with the latest disability-related news stories from across the globe.

Job switch with a difference for Conductive Education Awareness Week

As part of the events in Conductive Education (CE) Awareness Week (12 – 19 March) Rainbow House, Mawdesley and Stick ‘n’ Step, based in Wallesey on the Wirral will be taking part in a job swap with a difference. Two conductive education specialists from each organisation visited the the other organisation on Tuesday 15 March to share best practice and ... Read More »

Latest Cuts – Get Your Voice Heard

So, here we go again. Wednesday’s budget brought to light that more cuts were on the horizon for disabled people. An estimated £1.3bn is going to be cut, affecting about 640,000 people across the country. The Guardian has reported that 200,000 people will be removed from the Personal Independence Payments (PIP) system altogether and further 400,000 will have their benefits ... Read More »

Together we are able: New movement puts respect at the heart of accessible tourism

This week sees the launch of Tourism is for Everybody – a movement to help the travel and tourism industry better understand and cater for the 12 million plus people in Britain who are disabled in some way. Tourism is for Everybody encourages individuals, businesses & policy makers to pull together to deliver a warmer welcome for ALL visitors, including ... Read More »

Largest ever para-sport programme announced for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

On Commonwealth Day 2016, the CGF and Gold Coast 2018 mark history with announcement of increased para-athlete presence at the Games Team England hope that increased para-sport programme will help to finish top of the medal table for the second Games in succession In the build up to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, it has been announced that the largest-ever ... Read More »

Blue Badge Company sees sales soar after Dragons’ Den

A Bristol company that is revolutionising the disability market by producing stylish but practical living aids has seen its sales soar by more than 70 per cent since appearing on Dragons’ Den. Blue Badge Company saw nearly £180,000-worth of sales in the second half of 2015, compared to just under £105,000 for the same period the previous year. The massive ... Read More »

Sense responds to the Spring Budget and the Chancellor’s endorsement of a “national funding formula” for schools

Charity calls for the Government to urgently address fairer funding for special needs in early years education settings Sense the national deafblind charity, yesterday responded to the Chancellor’s endorsement of a new National Funding Formula for early years, high needs and schools, within his Budget announcement. Sense welcomed the government’s commitment to developing a new single funding formula but expressed ... Read More »

Response to the government’s budget from Contact a Family

Response to the government’s budget from Contact a Family, announced yesterday.    Una Summerson, head of policy at Contact a Family says: “There is little in today’s budget that will ease the financial pressures on low income families with a disabled child – many of whom will face significant cuts in income as Universal Credit is rolled out nationally. While ... Read More »

Bleak day for disabled people as Chancellor misses opportunity to invest in care and support

National deafblind charity, Sense, raises concerns over failure to commit to long-term investment in vital social care services. National deafblind charity Sense, is disappointed that that the Chancellor did not use The Budget as an opportunity to address the recent cuts to disabled people’s benefits or make an announcement on funding for social care. Cuts to ESA and reforms to ... Read More »

Sense responds to the government’s decision to reform the way eligibility for PIP is assessed

Government announces additional cuts of 1.2billion for disabled people on the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) National deafblind charity Sense has responded to the government announcement that it will push forward with plans to change the eligibility criteria for people applying to receive the Personal Independence Payment. Under the proposed changes, people who qualify for the benefit due to their use ... Read More »

Charity Different Strokes 20th Year Campaign

Megan Giglia paracyclist for team GB and stroke survivor supports Different Strokes charity’s 20th year campaign. Celebrating 20 years of empowering younger stroke survivors.  2016 marks the charity’s 20th year and they will be celebrating this milestone by launching the campaign, ‘Around The World In 8 Ways’. Everyone can get involved raising awareness of younger stroke and raising vital funds for ... Read More »

Team Orpheus Tackle The Nuts Challenge

Last weekend, 14 brave fundraisers tackled the almighty Nuts Challenge, a muddy army assault course, to raise money for the Orpheus Centre. The Orpheus Centre is an independent specialist college that develops the skills and independence of young disabled adults through the performing arts. The punishing 7K route combined with plummeting temperatures revealed the course to be more of a ... Read More »

Birmingham conference centre celebrates 10 years of supporting blind people into work

Action for Blind People’s Concept Conference Centre is celebrating its 10th birthday and highlighting the inspiring stories of its blind and partially sighted trainees. The centre was set up in 2006 to provide training to people with sight loss and to challenge misconceptions about careers in the hospitality industry for blind or partially sighted people. Trainees are given the chance ... Read More »