|Indignity of disabled man waiting 2 years for home adaptations: Stephen Sadler, who has had his right leg and arm amputated, has waited for two years for adaptations to get a stairlift and wet room put in his first floor flat. During this time, he has had numerous falls, suffered the indignity of having to crawl downstairs and has attempted suicide. He says he is a virtual prisoner in his own home.
Speaking on the BBC Hereford and Worcester radio, Elliott and Toni at breakfast, DR UK CEO Kamran Mallick said that it was so distressing to hear that even today we have these problems and that this is not an isolated case. It shows you that, where someone is in inappropriate housing, not only does this impact on their personal dignity but also affects their right to live independently and get on with the everyday things that we all want to do in our lives. Read more and listen to the radio broadcast
EHRC report on disabled people’s housing: Responding to the Equality and Human Rights Commission report on the housing crisis for disabled people, Chief Executive of Disability Rights UK, Kamran Mallick said: ‘This research shows some of the fundamental issues we face on a day-to-day basis. Appropriate housing is key to independent living and creating choice and control for disabled people. ……We need clear standards for developers and designers so we begin to see the establishment of more lifetime homes; and better policing and support for private landlords….’ Read more
DR UK signs petition against shared space and presents letter to PM: On the anniversary of a report condemning the use of shared space, Transport for All joined the National Federation of the Blind (NFBUK) for a day of action outside Parliament. Read more
Financial Times published its first ever supplement on Disability and the workplace: We at Disability Rights UK are delighted to see our contact with FT advertising, editorial staff and management including John Ridding their CEO yield such an important and hopefully influential report. The report will have a circulation of 63,000 copies in the UK and elsewhere in Europe but be available online throughout the world. Read more