Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 19 June 2017

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Our priorities for the new government: Now that the hype of the General Election is over and the Conservatives have been returned with a working majority (sort of), we outline what we want to see from the new Government. Read more

Get it now! Money money money! – and vouchers:

  • £1 million DRILL research funding offer: This is the final open call. Closing date 8 August 2017. Find out more
  • Our £40 voucher offer: Contribute to a study providing feedback on communication materials that we are compiling. Find out more
  • Our £15 Amazon voucher offer: Contribute to a study on producing knowledge and information about physical activity aimed at disabled people. Find out more

The annual International Inequalities Institute conference: The conference examined Challenging Inequalities – developing a global response. Liz Sayce, former CEO of Disability Rights UK gave a presentation on Othering disability: From pity and blame to strategies for full participation. View her presentation

Members, projects and partners

Did you know that if you are disabled you are half as likely to be active as a non-disabled person? Working with a mentor can be life-changing- it can boost confidence, help people to find new solutions to problems and can reduce isolation. We’re matching disabled people who want to get active with a mentor who is also a disabled person. By sharing experiences, skills and ideas one to one, disabled people can get active in a way that suits them. Find out more

Read our new member blog from Visualise: Visualise have written a new blog, Employing a person with a visual impairment – Sight loss does not equal job loss, which you can read on our blog pages. Visualise provide a variety of services to enable those with disabilities to retain work and empower staff with the tools to be confident when assisting employees or customers with disabilities.

Two Board Meetings in three days for our Hertfordshire Champion! Our Champion for I Can Make It in Hertfordshire, Bethany Young, participated in two separate board meetings at Hertfordshire County Council in the space of 72 hours. We’d also like to congratulate Anna Denham, who alongside her duties for I Can Make It will be working as part of a DR UK/University of Bristol partnership entitled ‘Getting Things Changed’.  We wish Anna the best with this interesting project. Find out more

Get Yourself Active celebrates Women’s Sport Week 2017: Today marks the start of Women’s Sport Week. There are so many comparisons that can be drawn between disability and women’s sport, and so many ways in which disabled women can be ‘doubly marginalised’. We take a look at just some of the reasons disabled women are less likely to be active compared to their male and non-disabled counterparts. Click here to find out more

Making qualifications inclusive to disabled learners webinar: In this webinar, Rabia Lemahieu, Disability and Skills Manager at Disability Rights UK highlighted some of the steps awarding bodies can take to make sure their qualifications really are accessible to disabled learners and support all learners to achieve a greater awareness of disability related issues. View Rabia’s presentation

Disability Rights UK ‘Tell Us About Your Care’ partnership with the Care Quality Commission: Through this initiative disabled people and people with long term health conditions will have the opportunity to tell the regulator about their experiences of the health and social care services they use. Tell the CQC your experience

Fundraising, publications, courses

Join Us for Parallel London 2017! This will be the second year of this all-inclusive event designed for anyone to participate regardless of age, disability or health condition. All ages and abilities. No cut off times. Everybody running side by side. Interested? Find out more

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

Other news

David Gauke is the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions: You can read a biography on him on the Gov UK site. You can view his voting record on the They Work For You website

You can now view the full Department for Work and Pensions new ministerial team

Want to get into print? Sign up for the WriteNow mentoring programme: Penguin Random House UK has launched a nationwide campaign to find and develop talented new writers from under-represented communities. This includes writers with a disability. Find out more

Nursing and Midwifery Council public consultation: The NMC have launched a public consultation on their new education standards. These standards set out what new nurses need to know and be able to do before they can start working. Find out more

Cost benefits of home adaptations for young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders: A small scale pilot study finds very significant costs savings result from home adaptations for young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders but these are hampered by ‘integration difficulties’. Find out more

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