Category: DISABILITY

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DO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES GET ENOUGH SUPPORT FROM SENIOR MANAGERS?

While researching my recent article about what office life is like for deaf people, one comment made by a finance manager, who is deaf, really stood out. He said: “senior people in organisations just don’t have the time to allow a deaf person to communicate with them. My view is, the more senior in status a person, the less tolerance they have.” According to the Office for Disability Issues, in 2011 the employment rate of people with disabilities was 48.8%, compared to 77.5% for people with no disabilities. People who are deaf or disabled often have to work harder to...

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SUPPORTING DISABLED WORKERS IS WIN-WIN

A new report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission has found that disabled people continue to be put at a disadvantage in the workplace. They are not realising their full potential as they are not getting the support they need at work. The report, “A Perfect Partnership,” says that closing the employment gap between disabled workers and non disabled workers can increase the performance of staff across the board. It found that disabled people do not want to be singled out for special treatment. They are looking for company-wide solutions that support all workers – not just those with...

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ABORTION AND DISABLED CHILDREN: A TALE OF TWO CARE QUALITY COMMISSION REPORTS

Serious failings in the support of disabled children are glossed over, while an unpublished report on abortion is leapt on… It feels like cheap point-scoring to say that abortion opponents are more concerned with saving foetuses than protecting actual, living children, but the contrasting reactions to two pieces of research by the Care Quality Commission this week suggest exactly that. On Thursday, the CQC (the independent regulator of health and social care services in England) published a report that showed serious failings in the support of disabled children: unacceptably long waits for wheelchairs, a lack of cohesion between different services,...

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NHS ACCUSED OVER DEATHS OF DISABLED PATIENTS

Mencap inquiry finds institutional discrimination against people with learning disabilities led to at least 74 deaths. The NHS is accused of causing the unnecessary suffering or deaths of at least 74 patients with a learning disability because of poor care that reveals enduring “institutional discrimination” among doctors and nurses. The 74 vulnerable patients’ deaths over the past decade were either caused or complicated by mistakes in hospitals and decisions by staff who failed to treat them properly and displayed ignorance or indifference to their plight, according to the charity Mencap and families of some of those who died. Inquiries by...

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COMMONS DIVERSITY MEASURES URGED

Parliamentary candidates should have a legal right to time off work to campaign, and parties should offer bursaries to would-be MPs from poorer backgrounds, a think tank says. The Institute for Government said Westminster was “overwhelmingly white, male and middle-class”. Just one fifth of MPs are women, and 27 out of 650 are from ethnic minorities. The cost and time involved could deter “candidates from non-traditional backgrounds”, the organisation said. The report acknowledged parties’ past diversity efforts, including all-women shortlists by Labour and the Conservatives’ “A-list” of approved candidates. But the Institute for Government argued that improved selection methods were...

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EHRC REPORT ON DISABILITY-RELATED HARASSMENT

On 3 December 2009, International Day of Disabled People, the Equality and Human Rights Commission announced its intention to conduct a formal Inquiry into the actions of public authorities to eliminate disability-related harassment and its causes. The Commission’s Inquiry powers enable it to compile evidence, call witnesses and make recommendations against which they expect action to follow. The Equality Act stipulates that there have to have terms of reference for formal Inquiries. On 12 September 2011 the Commission launched ‘Hidden in plain sight’ the inquiry’s final report. The report was produced after consultation with disabled people and other stakeholders on the following...

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DISABLED ‘TERRIFIED’ TO TRAVEL ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT’ BECAUSE OF RISING ABUSE FROM COMMUTERS

Disabled people are facing increasing levels of hostility and abuse when using public transport, it was claimed today. Some are so terrified of travelling that they are confined to their home, according to Alice Maynard, chairman of the leading disability charity Scope. Ms Maynard, a wheelchair user with a neuromuscular impairment, said she regularly comes under attack when using trains. Commuters shout and swear at her and a personal assistant once or twice a week because they have to give up their seats. She said: ‘I think it is increasing because of the pressures on people, the overcrowding on trains...

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‘RIGHT TO LIFE’ – LANDMARK RULING

Mental Health Charity, Mind, wins important legal battle over patients’ ‘right to life’ In a major victory for patients and their families, the House of Lords ruled, recently, that people detained under the Mental Health Act have the same ‘right to life’ as those in prison, following intervention from leading mental health charity Mind. Hospitals must now be seen to take reasonable measures to avoid real and immediate risks of harm to patients who have been sectioned, and so compulsorily detained. The ruling by five Law Lords results from the case brought by Anna Savage against South Essex NHS Trust, concerning...

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MOTHER CONVICTED OF MURDERING HER DISABLED SON APPEALS AGAINST LIFE TERM

Solicitor will use ‘slow burn provocation’ defence to show Frances Inglis killed her 22-year-old son while under extreme pressure… The mother jailed for life last month after being found guilty of murdering her brain-damaged son has lodged an appeal in the high court against her conviction and sentence. Frances Inglis wrote to selected newspapers to announce her appeal after being given a life sentence with a minimum term of nine years for killing her 22-year-old son, Tom, with a lethal dose of heroin. Tom had been severely disabled after falling out of a moving ambulance in 2007 and his mother...

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SUPPORT LACKING FOR DISABLED TEENAGERS AT TIME OF TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD

Levels of state provision for move to adult services vary widely across country leaving charities to plug gaps Lack of state support for disabled teenagers as they move into adulthood means they are held back from living independently, with some even forced to go into residential care homes for the elderly, according to research published today (November 12, 2009). Young people and their families told the think tank New Philanthropy Capital the move from child to adult services at the age of 18 was so frightening it made them feel they were on a “cliff edge”. The help available varies...