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Failing in our duty of care to Disabled Refugees

Failing in our duty of care to Disabled Refugees

Imagine what is like to flee poverty, oppression, persecution. Imagine what it’s like to be caught up in a war not of your creating, watching children burn, and seeing hearts breaking. Think about witnessing all you hold dear reduced to ash while batons are wielded,...
The resistance to caring for the carers

The resistance to caring for the carers

Carers’ rights day is here once again and the irony of such a day existing is not lost upon the millions of carers both low and unpaid up and down the country. Contrary to what many carers charities would have us believe, hardly anyone in the care community knows that...
Children in Need needs a re-brand

Children in Need needs a re-brand

We live in a media society where we are so desensitized to violence, gore and so much more that it would take a great deal to appall and offend anyone, especially a well socialised teenager like my daughter. It’s not often that I see her wheel out of the lounge in...
COP26 is Copping out of Disability Inclusion

COP26 is Copping out of Disability Inclusion

My daughter is 15, a wheelchair user, and a fierce Disability rights campaigner. I proudly stood next to her as we took part in the extinction rebellion protests in London. She was asked by many bystanders why did she feel the need to campaign on something like...
Budget response statement from the Disability Union

Budget response statement from the Disability Union

The Disability Union Thursday’s budget was promised to deliver to the country, but for the disabled and care communities, it failed to action anything, in fact, things are looking to remain static, underfunded, and indeed worse. This lack of will to help those...
DWP Disability Green Paper Consultation Event

DWP Disability Green Paper Consultation Event

This week the Disability Union took part in the DWP Disability Green Paper Consultation Event in London. The aim of the meeting was for prominent disability charities and organisations to discuss and suggest changes to the working practice of the Department for Work...
A COVID-19 susceptible key workers story

A COVID-19 susceptible key workers story

Comment bt Avril Coelho It was late March 2020 and whilst recovering from contusions, lacerations and an eye fracture following a seizure I heard that the panic buying we had experienced at work was due to a pandemic and a Councillor briefing I’d attended confirmed it...