Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Disability News Round Up By John Pring - Week Ending 06/04/2012


  • A new consultation on disability living allowance reform has added fuel to concerns that the government is ignoring the likely impact of the changes on disabled people’s lives, say campaigners.
  • The government has been heavily criticised for its decision not to accept the part of the UN disability convention that protects disabled immigrants.
  • The head of the equality watchdog, Trevor Phillips, is to leave his post after six years, it has been confirmed.
  • User-led groups across London are hoping to convince local authorities to continue funding two vital areas of support for disabled people and their organisations.
  • The mother of a teenager with autism who was repeatedly confined to a padded room at his residential special school has spoken of the “remarkable” progress he has made since a court ruled his treatment was unlawful.
  • New guidance could see older people, children, obese people and pregnant women receive protection under European laws on air travel for disabled people, a leading user-led organisation has warned. 
  • The MP leading a review of Labour’s special educational needs policy has suggested it will recommend a far more inclusive approach than the coalition government’s anti-inclusion stance.
  • Two disabled MPs have spoken out strongly against any moves towards legalising assisted suicide.
  • Two new high-profile campaigns are set to highlight the barriers that disabled people face when trying to use public transport.
  • Disabled activists have hailed as a major victory a decision by Scottish GPs to call on the government to abandon its controversial “fitness for work” tests.
  • Tackling the bureaucratic barriers faced by disabled people, a list of the top disability-friendly employers, and recruiting more disabled teachers, are just some of the suggestions for how the government can improve disabled people’s lives.

For links to the full stories, please visit Disability News Service

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