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DRILL in Wales: The impact so far

Historically, research on disability has rarely included people with lived experience. Not only have disabled people been excluded from participating in research about our lives, but complex statistics or inaccessible research findings may preclude disabled people from understanding evidence and contributing to discussions about services or policies. At the same time, disabled people have become […]


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Home-working during the Covid-19 crisis

We have a guest blog from freelance photographer and journalist Natasha Hirst, discussing her experiences of access when working from home during the coronavirus pandemic. My #FreelanceLife meant that I was fairly well prepared for working from home when life was thrown into turmoil by the coronavirus lockdown. Unlike office-based employees who are making an […]


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Covid-19 Direct Payments guidance

Many thanks to all who responded to our email and highlighted questions and concerns based on lived experiences of direct payments and employment of PAs during the coronavirus emergency. We greatly appreciate the time taken to do this, given the challenges many are facing. At the recent meeting to discuss these issues with Welsh Government […]


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Direct Payment issues

Many of our members on Direct Payments have raised concerns with us regarding access to PPE as well as questions about employment arrangements for PAs where either the Employer is shielding or the PA is in self-isolation. We have fed these issues back to Welsh Government Ministers and I’m pleased to inform you that a […]


Have your social care charges increased since 6th April and if so by how much? Are you getting the full package of services as agreed in your assessment?

Changes to care charges

As of 6 April 2020 changes came into effect which updated some of the arrangements by which local authorities are able to charge for the social care and support they provide or arrange. These changes were introduced by amendments to the regulations and code of practice governing charging under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) […]


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Covid-19 Wales update

Following publication of the Wales Disability Reference Group’s statement on 8 April regarding Coronavirus and the Rights of Disabled People in Wales, more than 1400 individuals and organisations joined Disability Wales, Learning Disability Wales, Wales Council of the Blind and Wales Council for Deaf People in supporting our Statement. Disability Wales is pleased to inform you that […]


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Coronavirus and chronic illness

A guest blog from the Chronic Illness Inclusion Project on how disabled people with long term chronic illnesses have responded to the coronavirus pandemic


Local contacts

We have created a list of links to help members who may need to get in touch with their local council or local community voluntary councils. They will be able to provide you with information about different kinds of support that is available for you in your local area. Follow the links below to find […]


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Coronavirus questions answered

Disabled People’s Frequently Asked Questions on Coronavirus COVID-19 Updated: 24/03/20 Do we have any answers from Welsh government on protections for disabled people who access social care?   Visits from care or healthcare workers, who would normally come and help with your daily needs or social care, will be able to carry on as normal. […]


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