Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 3 September 2018

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DR UK appeal for members of a policy and campaigning team: Disability Rights UK are building a policy and campaign advisory team to support its policy analysis and development and then its implementation through local campaigns. We are not seeking subject experts but instead are seeking disabled people willing to contribute to our work from their own personal journeys of advocating for themselves and others. Find out more

Supporting disabled people through traineeships consultation: Disability Rights UK has the ambition of producing a short publication on good practice in supporting disabled people onto and through traineeships and are seeking examples of good practice. The charity wants to hear from disabled people with a good experience of traineeships, especially paid traineeships, who are willing to be quoted. Closes 17 September 2018. Read more


Members, projects and partners



Spaces available on our Leadership Academy Programme: Our 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. It sets out to improve the employment position of employees living with a health condition or disability, whilst providing employers with access to a wider pool of talent.Places are still available for our next intake. Contact Katrina.morris@disabilityrightsuk.org for more information but hurry – places are going fast.

DR UK Leadership Academy Executive, Katrina Morris, will be speaking about the Programme and how it has impacted employees with disabilities at the Talent Management and Leadership Development Summit 2018 on 13 September 2018

Supporting inclusive workplaces consultation: Our Win/Win Alliance wants examples of national and local employment support initiatives and “success stories” helping people towards, into and staying in work. The good practice and success stories will be brought together as a Directory that will be shared with employers. Closing date Friday 19 October 2018. Find out more

Tell us about your care: Recently visited your GP or been to hospital? We would like to hear about your experience! Call us on 0330 995 0400. Find out more

Read a personal take on the Tell us about Your Care partnership by Leo Capella, Communications Officer for Get Yourself Active.

Help to improve Your Sanctuary’s Helpline: Your Sanctuary work to support anyone who’s experienced domestic abuse. They want to make their helpline more accessible for disabled people and would like people to fill out their short survey. They’re looking for insights from any disabled people, not just anyone who may have experienced domestic abuse. Read more


DR UK Fundraising, products and training courses




August issue of UNITE Magazine out now! Tackling issues that directly affect disabled people, highlighting campaigns and raising awareness of the rights that you have as a disabled person in all aspects of life.

Factsheets, information and guides updated:

For further information on welfare rights, education issues and social care you will find our factsheets/guides here or for more detailed information you can order a copy of the Disability Rights Handbook from our shop

Free training on Inclusive Practice in careers: Disability Rights UK is offering free one-day training days designed for school careers advisers, coordinators and school careers leaders in London, Leeds, Taunton and Birmingham between 19 September 2018 and 15 January 2019. The training is for those who wish to develop their understanding of disability equality and enhance their skills to support disabled learners with careers guidance and careers planning. Find out more

To find out about our disability equality and awareness training please email Jason.jaspal@disabilityrightsuk.org

Photograph any locked RADAR toilet for a chance to win £100 in vouchers: Do you often come across public disabled facilities with an official N&C Phlexicare RADAR lock? Take a picture of any RADAR locked public facilities and share the picture either on social media or by email and you will automatically be entered into a prize draw for £100 in vouchers. Read more

You can purchase a RADAR key from our shop


Other news



Call for tourism industry to do more to cater for disabled people: Minister for Disabled People, Sarah Newton, and Tourism Minister, Michael Ellis, urge all leisure attractions to “follow their lead” and ensure they are catering for disabled customers’ needs. Read more.

Disabled activists want to take transport companies to court: #TransportJustice have launched new legal fund to hold transport companies to account when they fail to provide equal treatment for disabled passengers. Read more

Consultation on Society Lottery Reform: This consultation examines options for amending sales and prize limits for large and small society lotteries. With society lotteries a cause is already determined, as opposed to the National Lottery where there is a robust procedure for deciding who is funded. This consultation closes 11:45pm on 7 September 2018. Read more

Government publishes response to the call for evidence on access to elections: On Tuesday 5 September 2017, the Minister for the Constitution launched a Call for Evidence, asking for views on how people with disabilities experience registering to vote and voting itself. The Government has now published its response. Read more

Benefit freeze puts private renting out of reach for low-income tenants: New Research from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) showed that more than 90 per cent of Local Housing Allowance (LHA – housing benefit for private renters) rates across Great Britain now fail to cover the cheapest rents. Read more

EHRC demands mandatory disability data reporting by large employers: A new report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) finds that just 3% of organisations measure their ethnicity or disability pay gaps. EHRC is calling for mandatory reporting on staff recruitment, retention and promotion by ethnicity and disability – this should be a legal requirement by April 2020 for employers with over 250 employees. Read report

Guide to responsible credit card use in college: This blog explains how healthy spending habits can help ensure a secure financial future. Read more

Jobs and grants

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Getting to DR UK at Plexel: Free shuttle buses run from Stratford underground, train and bus stations from 7am to 10.30pm.

Free shuttle buses run from Stratford underground, train and bus stations from 7am to 10.30pm. There are two pickup points for the shuttle bus:

  • Bus stop E outside Stratford International Station
  • Bus stop X outside Stratford City Station/Westfield

Shuttles run every 5-10 minutes.

For more information see our Contact us page


Disability Rights UK

Plexal 14 East Bay Lane Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stratford, LondonE20 3BS United Kingdom

0330 995 0400


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