Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 12 June 2017

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Disability Rights UK news

DRILL is looking to allocate another £1 million funding for research projects: This is the final open call for DRILL applications.  Closing date 8 August 2017. Find out more

Peer modelling as a tool for disabled people: In our new blog, Bernd Sass, co-ordinator of DR UK’s Win-Win Alliance, explains the advantages of peer modelling for disabled people. Bernd argues that disabled people are particularly adept at peer modelling. They have the passion and empathy to support others and have learned to come up with creative solutions to the difficulties of everyday life because their experience means that they can see what and how things could improve. Read more in his blog

Members, projects and partners

Another productive week for I Can Make It, regardless of the general election: In our latest report – Meetings with Salford Council and meetings in the North East as well as contacts established with Brighton and Hove Council. Read more

Your chance to contribute to important research and get a £15 Amazon voucher: Disability Rights UK has partnered with University of Birmingham to conduct a study into how we produce knowledge and information about physical activity aimed at disabled people. Find out more

New project uncovers 800 years in the lives of deaf and disabled people: DR UK Member Screen South is delighted to announce that it has received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Accentuate History of Place project. History of Place is a ground-breaking heritage project, uncovering 800 years in the lives of deaf and disabled people across eight locations.  Screen South is carrying out research, writing blogs, developing digital games and planning events and exhibitions around the country. Find out more

Have you struggled to find safe and affordable accommodation in the private rental sector? A team of researchers based at the University of Southampton, are exploring how single people (without resident children) have been affected by changes to housing welfare for private renters. Their focus is on the ‘Shared Accommodation Rate’, which has meant that single people under 35 are only entitled to housing benefit at the rate of a single room in a shared house. Find out how to contribute to their research

Scope are carrying out research into experiences at work: To do this, they are interviewing people about sharing information about their impairment or condition with their employer and colleagues. Scope would be interested to hear from people who haven’t discussed their impairment or condition with their employer as well as people who have. Find out more

Fundraising, publications, courses

Our Disability Rights Handbook: The Benefits Bible for over 40 years. Also available in an accessible word version and at a concessionary price for people on benefits. Find out more

Book a place on our Benefits Overview course: Don’t know your ESA from your PIP? Confused by the range of benefits and tax credits? Why not come on our Benefits Overview course, held on Wednesday 19 July 2017. Find out more

Disability and Skills Unit (DSU) webinars: Our DSU has one up and coming webinar – Making qualifications inclusive to disabled learners webinar – 16 June 2017

Other news

New bedroom tax court decision says councils decide what counts as a bedroom: In a disappointing new judgment, the Court of Session in Scotland has ruled that the classification of a property as having one or more bedrooms is not related to the actual needs of the occupiers. Find out more

Disability Benefits Consortium benefits survey 2017: The more responses they get, the more effective they can be in challenging government. So please spread the word and encourage clients to complete the survey – it takes between 10 and 30 minutes. Go to survey

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