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See what we’ve been up to by checking out the media coverage of The Disability Union!

 

Sia’s Music angers Autistic campaigners over ‘insulting’ choice of non-disabled actor

by John Pring for Disability News Service 26/11/2020

TDU said that Sia’s response to the criticism – which saw her tell an Autistic actor who questioned why she and others had not been considered for the role that “maybe you’re just a bad actor” – had been one of “arrogance and dismissal”.

AN INSULT: STATEMENT ON GOVERNMENT’S SPENDING DEC. 2020

by George Baker and Joel Jordan for The Disability Union 25/11/2020

We call on the Chancellor to make amends to this bleak situation by offering a real-terms pay rise to keyworkers who are on the front line of the fight against COVID-19.

Image of a Twitter thread: @HelenAngel tweeted Sia "Several autistic actors, myself included, responded to these tweets. We all said we could have acted in it on short notice. These excuses are just that- excuses. The fact of the matter is zero effort was made to include anyone who is actually autistic. #NothingAboutUsWithoutUs" Sia replies: Maybe you’re just a bad actor.

WE CAN TELL OUR OWN STORIES: SIA’S NEW FILM IS JUST THE LATEST EXAMPLE OF DISABLED VOICES BEING MARGINALISED 🎬

by Joel Jordan for The Disability Union 20/11/2020

DISABLED ACTIVISTS ARE OUTRAGED: Sia’s new film is another backwards step for the entertainment industry – sidelining disabled people, telling our stories without us and dismissing disabled actors.

Ouch - the cabin fever podcast

George Baker with Emma Tracey for BBC Ouch 19/11/2020

BBC Ouch’s Emma Tracey spoke to award-winning bloggers, Elin Williams and Chloe Tear, and disability rights campaigner George Baker to find out their top-tips.

The Disability Union: how it can help you to fight for your rights

by George Baker for Disability Horizons 13/11/2020

This week, disability rights campaigner and former MP candidate George Baker, who has muscular dystrophy, launched The Disability Union. It aims to bring disabled people together to create a collective voice to help fight for your rights.

THE DISABILITY UNION ON ITV MERIDIAN

Interview with Fred Dinenage for ITV Meridian 12/11/2020

DDA 25 years on: ‘Phenomenal activism… but deeply flawed legislation’

by John Pring for Disability News Service 12/11/2020

Disabled campaigners this week celebrated the activists whose efforts helped lead to the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), while highlighting the continuing flaws in equality legislation and the need to continue the fight for comprehensive civil rights.

Union for disabled people set up in Chandler's Ford

by Timothy Edgley for Daily Echo 12/11/2020

A UNION for disabled people has now launched, which is the first of its kind.

‘The Disability Union’, based in Chandler’s Ford is aiming to give a national voice to people with disabilities as well as supporting them with day to day struggles.

Disability Union ‘will build power and a national voice for disabled people’

by John Pring for Disability News Service 06/11/2020

 A new independent user-led organisation – modelled on a trade union – is hoping to provide disabled people with a collective voice powerful enough to influence policy at a national level, while also offering them solutions to their disability-related problems.

Press release: The first union by and for disabled people launches this week!

by Joel Jordan for Pressat 09/11/2020

“25 years on from the Disability Discrimination Act, we vow to renew the fight for equality.”