|Disability History Month, 19th November to 22nd December: This year it focuses on Disability and Music. Here’s a selection of famous disabled musicians and performers…
- Connee Boswell – who contracted polio and remained a popular artist by concealing her disability
- Rahsaan Roland Kirk – he was blind, could play three saxophones at once and relearned the saxophone after a paralysing stroke
- Thomas Quasthoff – he has birth defects as a result of thalidomide but is a world renowned classical singer – well worth a listen
- Tony Iommi – Guitarist who chopped two fretting finger tips off whilst working in a factory, replaced them with fairy liquid caps and found fame with Black Sabbath
And while we are on the subject of music….
How accessible is music making for disabled people, and in particular disabled children? The National Plan for Music Education aims for “equality of opportunity for all pupils. Your chance to say how well these objectives are currently being met
Everyone Can survey on leisure sector provision for disabled people: Everyone Can is a new campaign led by Sport England, ukactive and several leading disability organisations. Everyone Can would like to change perceptions about disabled peoples’ participation in physical activity and support the leisure sector to become more inclusive. ukactive and Sport England would value your professional input into a survey to learn more about how the Leisure Sector currently provides for disabled people.
UK Career Development Awards 2019: This is a great opportunity to celebrate and showcase the very best UK-wide practice in career development. The closing date for entries is Monday 31 December at 17.15. Find out more about the awards
First trials of self-driving vehicle services: in 2021, people in London and Edinburgh are set to be the first to trial self-driving vehicle services. There will be an autonomous bus service across the Forth Bridge from Fife to Edinburgh, and self-driving taxi services in London. Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said: “Autonomous vehicles…. will open up and improve transport services for those who struggle to access both private and public transport.” Fingers crossed. Read more
Vital tech – assistive technology for visually impaired people: A new website called Vital Tech (www.vitaltech.org.uk), has been designed by a team of blind and partially sighted people to offer impartial and straightforward guidance through the world of assistive and inclusive tech for blind and partially sighted people in the UK. Vital Tech provides an overview of useful tech for a variety of home activities, from household chores and organising to staying in touch and relaxing. The Vital Tech team would love to hear from you, particularly if there’s a product or service you’re using which others could benefit from knowing about. You can contact the team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 Benefit and Pension rates published: So far we have the Benefit and pension rates from April 2019 to 2020. As other rates are published (Tax Credits, Child Benefit, Tax and NI etc.) we will put them on our website here
Jobs and grants
Princess Alice Hospice has jobs for you: Princess Alice Hospice is a centre of excellence for palliative and end of life care. Based in Esher, with over 50 shops trading around South West London, Surrey and Middlesex, they care for approximately 800 people in their catchment area at any one time. If you have the skills and compassion they are looking for, you could join them. They will support you every step of the way in one of the most fulfilling jobs you’ll ever do. Find out more
Calls for evidence: