Author: disabilitynow2015

Visibility, invisibility: two sides of the disability coin… now you see it

Two of our writers reflect on their experiences of hidden impairments or conditions and on the impact of becoming visibly disabled. Rebecca Shewell on how life changed when she suddenly became visibly disabled. I have lived with my condition, Congenital Dislocation of the Hip, since I was born and prior to recent surgery to reconstruct my … Continue reading Visibility, invisibility: two sides of the disability coin… now you see it

Online shopping brings little festive cheer for disabled consumers

Online shopping brings little festive cheer for disabled consumers

It is illegal for online retailers to prevent disabled customers from accessing their services. But a report has found that some online retailers remain no-go areas for disabled customers. Participants in the Abilitynet online shopping report with a range of disabilities were asked to buy a turkey, Christmas pudding and a dozen crackers using the … Continue reading Online shopping brings little festive cheer for disabled consumers

Taskforce calls for new disability benefit

Taskforce calls for new disability benefit

A report on breaking the link between disability and poverty has urged Labour to replace DLA and PIP with a new benefit which meets the extra costs of living for disabled people. Breaking the Link between Disability and Poverty, which has left activists disappointed at Labour's failure to publicise its recommendations, says that disabled people … Continue reading Taskforce calls for new disability benefit

Access to Work: deaf employees fear for the future

Access to Work: deaf employees fear for the future

As the government ramps up its Disability Confident campaign which is supposed to eliminate barriers faced by deaf and disabled jobseekers, deaf people who rely on Access to Work to employ communication support, say that cuts to the scheme threaten their ability to work. Users of Access to Work (ATW) who require more than 30 … Continue reading Access to Work: deaf employees fear for the future

New report seeks to go Beyond the Barriers

With the ongoing failure of employment and support allowance and the work programme to get more disabled people into work, Sue Marsh, one of the disabled campaigners behind a new report, has urged government to implement an alternative vision. Beyond the Barriers attempts to address the nightmare that is the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). … Continue reading New report seeks to go Beyond the Barriers