Today’s blog post is written by Lettice Wigby, Information and Communications Assistant at the Transition Information Network (TIN). TIN is based at the Council for Disabled children.
On Friday 22 November a young person named Adam joined the Transition Information Network (TIN) for Takeover Day. Takeover Day is an event organised by the Children’s Commissioner to give children and young people the chance to work with adults for the day and be involved in decision-making. Adam spent the day working with Lettice, TIN’s Information and Communications Assistant. Below Lettice shares with us why she wanted to get involved in Takeover Day and what activities Adam worked on with her. Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s blog post is written by Beatrice Barleon, Campaign Manager for the Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) campaign. EDCM is based at the Council for Disabled children.
Since 1992, disabled people in the UK have been able to claim Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to help them with the additional costs of their disability. In 2010 the current Government announced that the DLA was to go and to be replaced with a new benefit– the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) as the Government claimed that DLA was not sustainable into the future. With changes proposed not only to DLA but also other benefits for disabled children and their families, EDCM at the time was and continues to be gravely concerned by the possible implications the austerity approach, of which PIP is undoubtedly one, will have on disabled children, young people and their families.
Today’s blog post is written by Andrew Fellowes, CDC’s Health Development Officer.
The NHS is undisputedly one the UK’s most important institutions, from providing state of the art medical treatment free at the point of delivery to having pride of place in the Olympic’s opening ceremony, it touches everyone’s lives at some point.
Despite the importance we all place on the NHS, the way it works is not always well understood by those who use it, and indeed, sometimes even by those who run it.
While this isn’t always a problem, as I often discover when trying to make casual conversation in the office not everyone is interested in outcome indicators and payment tariffs. Sometimes not understanding why things are happening, who is making decisions and how to influence them can make using the NHS more difficult and challenging than it needs to be. Read the rest of this entry »
What’s the first thing I do on the morning of Friday 4 October when the consultation on the draft Code of Practice appears on the Department for Education’s website? Like anyone who is frequently involved in preparing consultation responses, I turn straight to the ‘how to respond‘ section to find out when the deadline is. The closing date for submitting comments is Monday 9 December. Alarm bells immediately start ringing. At slightly less than 9 weeks, this is shorter than the previously standard consultation period of 12 weeks. Read the rest of this entry »
Transport is repeatedly raised as an issue of concern by disabled young people’s groups, in fact last year the British Youth Council held a youth select committee looking specifically at the issue. Public transport when working well can be a great liberator for young people whether it’s allowing them that first bit of independence from mum and dad or the means of getting to that great opportunity or social event a couple of miles from home. However for disabled young people the added challenge of access compounds the existing barriers most young people face. Read the rest of this entry »
As a disabled person myself and someone who works with young disabled people I am passionate about rights. One thing that never ceases to surprise me is how few people know about their human rights.
Outside of my work at CDC I have recently been doing some work internationally around implementation of UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Read the rest of this entry »