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Government announces funding to improve public transport accessibility for disabled people

Shared by Learning Disability Today The government has announced a £2.5 million funding package which will support people with disabilities to travel more confidently on public transport. The funding includes £1.5 million to support 13 Mobility Centres across England and £1 million for lifeline ferries and seaports serving the Isle of Wight and the Isles of Scilly. The Accessibility Minister, Wendy Morton said the money will “help people to access services… and scale up and extend the services [the government] has been…

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Five-year NHS autism research strategy for England

A five-year NHS autism research strategy, to facilitate the use of the best current evidence when making decisions about autism services provided by or paid for by the NHS in England. Introduction Autism is not a rare condition (about 1–2% of England’s population is autistic). Autism should not bar anyone from a happy, healthy and long life; yet relative to their non-autistic peers, autistic people frequently experience the following: • More mental ill-health. • Greater likelihood of poor physical health…

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Government announces £2.5 million package to improve public transport accessibility for disabled people

Shared by Learning Disability Today The government has announced a £2.5 million funding package which will support people with disabilities to travel more confidently on public transport. The funding includes £1.5 million to support 13 Mobility Centres across England and £1 million for lifeline ferries and seaports serving the Isle of Wight and the Isles of Scilly. The Accessibility Minister, Wendy Morton said the money will “help people to access services… and scale up and extend the services [the government]…

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Invi­sible Disabi­lities

Disability affects more people than you may think, and it’s not always visible. ITV has partnered with disability equality charity, Scope, to promote understanding of invisible disabilities. What is an invisible disability? Some impairments and conditions are not immediately obvious. These are wide-ranging and include: autism chronic pain mental health conditions learning difficulties hearing impairments asthma diabetes Impact on the lives of disabled people Disabled people with invisible impairments and conditions often experience negative attitudes, social isolation and a lack…

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Hidden Disabilities: sunflower lanyards

The Sunflower is there for someone to choose to indicate that they have an invisible disability. This video shares just a few examples of the importance of wearing the Sunflower. Please feel free to share this to help increase awareness of what it means to wear the Sunflower. The Sunflower shop can be found here: https://bit.ly/2Hn4AnY

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With Disabilities ‘Rarely’ Seen, Netflix Commits $100 Million Toward Inclusion

Netflix is pledging to do more after a report finds that representation of people with disabilities and other groups is lacking in its original films and television shows. The report released late last week was conducted by Stacy Smith at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Smith and her team reviewed 126 films and 180 series released in 2018 and 2019 to measure representation by gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQ+ and disability. While the study gave Netflix good marks…

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Accessible Voting Day

United Response are launching a brand-new awareness day, Accessible Voting Day. Accessible Voting Day (http://accessiblevotingday.org) aims to promote the rights of people with disabilities to take part in politics and vote. The event also aims to raise awareness of why voting and elections are hard for some people, to help make voting more accessible. United Response will be sharing lots of exciting content on their social media leading up to the event, including some case studies from people we support…

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Why we need Changing Places toilets

How accessible are standard accessible toilets? Did you know that standard accessible toilets do not always meet the additional needs of all disabled people? People with certain disabilities, including profound or multiple learning disabilities, spinal injuries and muscular dystrophy, find their needs are often not met in regular accessible toilets. They require extra equipment and more space to allow them, or their carers, to assist them in using the toilets safely and comfortably.  The Changing Places Consortium launched its campaign in 2006…

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Face coverings and the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower

A message from the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme: “On 11 January – as coronavirus cases continue to rise and England is in a third lockdown – the UK Government said it was getting tougher on face mask enforcement in supermarkets after infections and deaths across the country reached “crisis point.” On Tuesday 12 January, the big four supermarkets confirmed they would all be adopting a policy of refusing entry to non-mask wearers.“ “We are extremely shocked, saddened and disappointed with…

Supporting Victims of Disability Hate Crime

An online event for people who have a disability, families and supporters. About this Event In Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020 we are pleased to launch a new resource from True Vision for families and supporters of people who have a disability. Panel Baroness Sheila Hollins Paul Giannasi (National Police Chiefs Council) Dr Mark Brookes MBE (Advocacy Lead, Dimensions) Joanna Perry (Independent Consultant and Research Fellow at the Institute for Crime and Justice Policy Research, Birkbeck College) Kate Chate (Associate Family Consultant,…

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Pura, which has just launched its eco-friendly baby wipes, features a number of children with additional needs in its new ‘It’s time for a change’ campaign.

A company has become the first to use children with disabilities in a baby wipes TV advert. Pura, which has just launched its eco-friendly baby wipes, features a number of babies with disabilities or special needs in its new ‘It’s time for a change’ campaign – including little Lenny Rooney, two, from Liverpool, and Willow Welbourn, almost two, from Lincoln. The tiny toddlers, who both have Down’s syndrome, were picked to star in the campaign for plastic-free baby wipes and their…

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Back to School – what you need to know in Suffolk

Suffolk SENDIASS have updated their Back to School video which aims to help parents, carers and young people prepare for the return to school in September. The video looks at what the government expects regarding attendance, safety measures, the curriculum, catch up and wellbeing and looks at resources which may help your child with the return. Watch our video here: There are timestamps for different sections in the description under the video on YouTube – if you have a computer,…

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Think piece #2: hidden disabilities

Today you saw me park my car in a disabled bay and walk over to catch my train to work. Today you shouted and swore at me through your own car window. Today you didn’t understand that not all disabilities are visible. Today you didn’t see the pain in my legs when I got out of my car, the drop in my blood pressure as I stood up, the determination it took to engage my wasting muscles. Today you didn’t…

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Introducing Purple Tuesday

Purple Tuesday, the UK’s first accessible shopping day, is on Tuesday 13th November 2018. Purple Tuesday has been created and co-ordinated by disability organisation Purple. The aim is to create awareness of the needs of shoppers with disabilities, both physical and hidden. They also want to highlight the importance of inclusive shopping, we all have money and willing to spend it in shops if we can access them with no problems. Some of the UK’s biggest retail chains have already…

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