Human Rights & Disability Issues

News and opinion on human rights for people with disability.

Trio of disabled politicians welcome ‘partial victory’ on Access to Elected...

The government would provide “up to” £250,000 to assist disabled people with the additional impairment-related costs they face in standing for election in the next 12 months.

Government continues to fail the blindness and low vision community

The release of the Audio Description Working Group report this week by the Department of Communications and the Arts illustrates the Australian Government’s clear inability to provide services for the blindness and low vision community.

Making disability support work across real lives

The big issue as a parent is the low expectations that people have of children with disabilities and it’s a real lost opportunity. That focus on what you can’t do rather than on what you can do is a real downer.

Office for Disability Issues staff levels have plummeted since 2010

DWP admitted that none of the bodies it set up to engage with disabled people and their organisations as part of its disability strategy had met in nearly a year.

Survey of disabled members finds discrimination within Labour party

Disabled party activists have become frustrated at the party’s continuing refusal to take seriously their concerns about widespread discrimination both among local constituency parties and the national Labour party.

Equality watchdog’s attempt to ‘mainstream’ disability ‘is failing disabled people’

Disabled people want a body that will not rest until it has brought about real change – not a body that has all the right words but not enough action.

DWP sanctions claimants ‘by any means necessary’

There's a very faceless and cold side to the DWP especially since UC has come in. It feels like it has been rigged to save money, not to help people.

Access to Elected Office Fund sparks call for ministerial meeting

The government broke its promise to publish the long-awaited review of a fund that supported deaf and disabled people with the extra costs of standing for election.

Disabled people face hidden crisis in accessible housing

More than 350,000 disabled people in England have unmet housing needs, with one-third of those in rented accommodation living in unsuitable properties.

New memorial fund will empower disabled women

The Eleanor and Sophie Memorial Fund will provide financial support for disabled women to attend events such as conferences and concerts – both mainstream and disability-related – that they would not otherwise be able to afford to attend.