Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 5 March 2018

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Our new Disability Rights Handbook is now available for pre-order: Orders will be shipped in early May 2018. The price is £33.99 including postage and packing. £18.50 concessionary price if you are on benefits. Pre-order now 

Disability coalition calls for talks with prime minister over human catastrophe: A coalition of disabled people’s organisations, including DR UK, has today written to the Prime Minister urging her to meet with them to discuss the deteriorating quality of life experienced by millions of disabled people in the UK. Read more

Brexit threatens key funding for disabled people: Sue Bott, deputy chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said: “Disabled people make up a key group of those who benefit from European funding streams. From hate crime through to improving employment potential, there is a massive range of currently funded schemes which make a difference to disabled people’s lives.” Read more

DR UK ambassador appointed Sector Champion for Rail: DR UK ambassador Stephen Brookes has been appointed Sector Champion for Rail by the Secretary of State for Disability. There are 11 sector champions in total across different areas of life whose role is to promote inclusion for disabled people and tackle the issues they may face. Stephen also runs the Disability Hate Crime Network and is a key contributor to our reporting hate crime resources

Improving Lives: Transforming Disability Employment: This timely Westminster Briefing event gave a comprehensive overview of the government’s plans to get a million more disabled people into work, as well as enabling attendees to learn from good practice case studies. Philip Connolly, Policy and Development Manager, Disability Rights UK was one of the speakers at the event. You can download his presentation

Good progress made by the APPG for Disability and more to come: Over the past few months, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Disability has held several events and secured a number of commitments from government in relation to disability policy. Read full blog

Free Access to Work Workplace Mental Health Support Service Webinar: Disability Rights UK and Remploy are delighted to invite you to the following free webinar on March 28, 2018 at 12.30pm. Register for the webinar

Our presentation to the APPG on Universal Credit and Disability: We have now posted the presentation on our website

Research into wellbeing and physical activity: Take part in our research with the University of Birmingham about wellbeing and physical activity and you could receive a £15 Amazon voucher (and go into a draw for a £100 one). Find out more: http://ow.ly/Mbx330hFlbO

Care and Support Alliance Big Social Care Survey: The Government has promised to change the adult social care system in England to make it fit for the future. We want the Government to hear the experiences of people and their families who have needed adult care and support. Please take 15 minutes to complete this short survey to tell us about your experience.


Members, projects and partners



I Can Make It Presents: Rahul Tooray, Champion for I Can Make It in Birmingham: My name is Rahul Tooray, I’m 23 and I live in Birmingham. I have a condition called Cerebral Palsy, it affects all of my muscles which means for example I can’t talk like the average person so I have a communication aid to talk with people. I have an electric power wheelchair to help me to access the community.

I joined a campaign which is called I Can Make It within Disability Rights UK because I wanted to open the world’s eyes to disabled peoples capabilities and I wanted to help disabled people to get comfortable and confident in the world. I would like the mayor to encourage Birmingham, West Midlands and the wider world to employ disabled people. If you don’t try to give disabled people job opportunities, how would you know what are disabled people’s capabilities? Read Rahul’s blog

One of our star mentors on the Get Out Get Active (GOGA) Peer Support Project wins prestigious Torch Trophy Trust award for Outstanding Contribution to Inclusivity: Morris Nelson, 49, from Lambeth, South London has been a mentor to Stephen Wells. He and Stephen started working together in June 2017 by taking up yoga- an activity new to both of them. Within 3 months they had both become more physically active, tried other new activities like walking and aerobics and both have reported increases in their confidence and mental wellbeing. Read our press release

Want to help make a change in the information disabled people receive about physical activity? Take part in a focus group and help shape national guidelines aimed at disabled people and their supporters to help increase take up of physical activity -  and receive a £30 Amazon voucher. Find out more

Our Leadership Academy Programme – so different: The Leadership Academy programme (LAP), is a career development programme, designed for the progression of employees with lived experience of disability and/or long term health conditions. We often get asked what makes our programme different to others? Find out why


DR UK Fundraising, products, jobs, courses



Disability Rights UK is pleased to announce that we are working in conjunction with UNITE Magazine: UNITE magazine will be launching in March! Sign up for your free sample copy or take advantage of 30% off a subscription by using code unite17 at unitemagazine.co.uk to ensure you don’t miss out on the first issue.

Disability Rights UK training:

To learn more about training offered by Disability Rights UK please contact jason.jaspal@disabilityrightsuk.org

Free guides factsheets and other information: These provide basic information about benefits, tax credits, social care and other disability related issues for claimants and advisers. See our full range

We stock the Genuine Radar Key: We sell the Genuine Radar NKS Key to people who require the use of toilet facilities due to their disability or health condition. You can buy it VAT free if the key is for your own domestic or personal use. Visit our shop


Other news



12 Days: Raymond Depardon’s heartbreaking insight into psychiatric care: This remarkable documentary lays bare the decision-making process at a hospital in France, where four judges determine who gets to leave and who must stay. Read review and book tickets (Barbican – March 10 or 11)

Jackie Doyle-Price responds on the CQC Mental Health Act Report: The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Jackie Doyle-Price, says Government would respond to the challenges raised by the CQC report and pending review into mental health care. Read Hansard

In our submission to the Mental Health Act review DR UK argued that the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act need a complete overhaul and not simply tweaked.

Channel 4 produces new guide to employing disabled people: The guide, Employing Disabled Talent, offers companies in the broadcast sector a range of practical advice on employing disabled people including how to find disabled talent, how to make a company more attractive to disabled people and ways to offer support to disabled employees. Read Chloe’s experience of being a Channel 4 apprentice

NHS consultation on proposals to restrict 33 prescription items: NHS E is now consulting on removing 33 prescription items for ‘minor, short-term health concerns’. Consultation closes on the 14 March 2018. Find out more

Celebrate voluntary and community organisations for #NHS70: Join an interactive webinar on Thursday 15th March, 10.30-11:30am. Find out more

Surrey Sexual Health Services Survey:  Surrey Council has launched a Task Group to review how NHS England and the Council engaged with residents regarding the introduction of the new integrated Sexual Health and HIV Service. Please complete their survey



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