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Blue Badge scheme extended to include hidden disabilities

Posted by admin on 11th September 2018

People living with disabilities such as a mental health condition and autism, will be eligible next year for a Blue Badge parking permit. From 2019, people with ‘hidden disabilities’, less obvious illness and disabilities, will have the right to a parking permit, allowing them to park in places not available…

Campaigners Push for Disabled Access Rating System

Posted by admin on 24th January 2018

A petition to create a system which rates business premises on their accessibility, has attracted thousands of signatures. Campaigners representing the Bridgend Coalition of Disabled People, reignited the accessibility debate, arguing that the government should do more to help those who with disabilities live normal lives. While the initiative is…

More people with disabilities now in postgrad study – but is enough done to support them?

Posted by admin on 16th November 2017

The number of people entering postgraduate study with disabilities has doubled in the last decade, according to the Higher Education and Funding Council for England (HEFCE). But while positive news, in reality, do people with disabilities in postgrad study receive the support they need?  Universities now more accommodating Disability Rights…

Inspirational wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft wins Disabled Sportswomen Award

Posted by admin on 03rd November 2017

World champion and Paralympian Hannah Cockroft, has just scooped the title of Great Britain’s 2017 Disability Sportswoman of the Year. The award is one of seven awards presented at the glittering annual Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year awards. Now in their 30th year, the awards look to celebrate the outstanding achievements…

Wheelchair user wins landmark bus victory

Posted by admin on 26th January 2017

Bus drivers must do more to ensure wheelchair users have priority over prams and pushchairs, following a landmark court ruling. Back in 2012, Doug Pulley, a wheelchair user from Yorkshire, began legal action against bus company FirstGroup. He could not board a bus because of a mother with a pushchair refusing to move from the disabled…

Plans to shrink the UK disability employment gap

Posted by admin on 10th November 2016

The Government has announced plans to close the disability employment gap in the UK in a new green paper. The aim is to get 1 million disabled people in work and halve the gap between disabled and non-disabled people. Less than five out of 10 disabled people have jobs, compared with…

Disability groups welcome end to benefit tests for long term sick

Posted by admin on 04th November 2016

The Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green has delighted disability charities with the announcement that the Government is ending medical assessments for people on long term sick. Mr Green said there was no point in retesting people claiming Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) who have severe conditions and unlikely to…

SME Owners on Supporting Disabled Staff

Posted by admin on 21st October 2016

Small business owners recognise benefits of investing in disabled staff An increasing number of SME owners are recognising the benefits of working with people with disabilities. Whilst some employers may think that employing disabled people would be too expensive and too challenging for the business, others have discovered that investing…

Gowrings Mobility Ambassador Karen Darke wins Gold at Rio Paralympics

Posted by admin on 26th September 2016

If you are looking for inspiration from this year’s Rio Paralympics, then you don’t have to look much further than hand cyclist, Karen Darke. Already a silver medallist at the 2012 London Paralympics and a Para-triathlon World Champion, Karen can now add gold to her medal collection, after winning cycling’s…

Paralympic Inspiration

Posted by admin on 02nd September 2016

Inspiration after London While the organisers behind Britain’s team at next month’s Paralympic Games are hoping that the sporting performances will inspire a better world for disabled people, research shows people were more motivated to get active after the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The study by Grass Roots for Leonard…