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Being disabled in Britain: a journey less equal – a publication from Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)

Being disabled in Britain is a review into disability inequality in Great Britain. It builds on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s statutory five-yearly report on equality and human rights progress in England, Scotland and Wales, Is Britain Fairer?

EHRC would like to see the report used by UK and devolved governments to make improvements to law and policies, by local government to ensure services meet the needs of disabled people, and by disability groups to strengthen their case for change.

The report includes chapters on six areas of life, including education, work, health, justice and participation in politics, looking at where there has been progress and where there are still serious issues to be tackled. It also looks the experiences of those with different impairments and how these impact on people’s life chances.

A British Sign Language (BSL) video of the executive summary is also available here.

Charlotte’s Tandems

Charlotte’s Tandems lend, at no cost (i.e. for free), tandems and tag-alongs to (and only to) people with disabilities or additional needs, who are unable to ride a bike safely on their own, so that they can enjoy the wonders of cycling.

What you need to do:

  • Fill in the Contact Form on the website and Alex will put you in touch with the nearest Volunteeer Helper.
  • Arrange with the Helper to collect the tandem or tag-along from them.
  • Fill in a Borrower’s Form and hand it to the Helper when you collect the bike.
  • Have fun riding the bike. Hire is normally at least two months.
  • Send them photos and comments for them to publish on their website and elsewhere.
  • Return the bike in a fit state to the Helper at the end of your hire for the next people to ride straight away.

What they don’t (and won’t) do:

For more information go here

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STUC Disabled Workers Committee – Disability and Employment Survey

The STUC’s Disabled Worker’s Committee has launched a survey to find out how people with disabilities view their employers attitude to disabled people in the workplace; starting with the selection and recruitment process through to what to steps they take to help people remain at work if and when the impact of disability affects their working capability. As we have a aging population with people expected to be working for longer it is likely that this will be something that happens more often. Reasonable adjustments may be required in order to make sure the person can remain in work.

The Committee is going to share the findings of the survey with employers and trade unions to help them develop new approaches to support disabled people in the workplace..

The Committee will be working with trade unions and hopefully other employers organisations to circulate the survey across private, public and third sector workplaces and encourage disabled workers to participate.

To help them do all of this they need a significant number of responses; if you think you can contribute access the survey using the following link:

The survey is only available using SurveyMonkey, so you will only be able to access it via the internet. The survey will be open for 3 months, so it should remain available for completion until the end of September.

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