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Independent Living Survey – Easy Read

Welsh Government wrote the Plan for Independent Living in 2013. The plan is about what they are doing to make Wales a better place for disabled […]

Language and research

The importance of recognising the relationship between research and language Jeff Brattan-Wilson, our Citizen Directed Cooperatives Cymru Officer has written an excellent blog which is now […]

Independent Living Workshops

Welsh Government needs your views Welsh Government are currently reviewing the Framework for Action on Independent Living. This framework was a result of our disability […]

Independent Living Survey 2017

Your feedback makes a difference! Welsh Government are currently reviewing the Framework for Action on Independent Living. This framework was a result of our disability […]

Embolden project wins grant

For immediate release   Disability Wales Receives Spirit of Women Grant  ‘Embolden: Spirit of Disabled Women’ project to challenge gender norms and stereotypes   Disability […]

Defending our rights

The UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People 2017 is a significant year for disabled people in the UK. Primarily, this is due to […]

Exciting new job at Disability Wales!

Campaigns and Communications Officer (Bi-lingual Welsh and English) Disability Wales – Caerphilly £21,457 a year – Part-time Campaigns and Communications Officer (bi-lingual) An opportunity to […]

Enabling Wales Project Celebration

Enabling Wales celebrates Disability Wales is celebrating the achievements of the Enabling Wales project which finishes this month after a very successful three year run. […]

Disability Wales report on disability rights

Driving Forward Disability Rights March has been a busy month at Disability Wales. In partnership with DPOs across the UK we visited Geneva to give […]

Wales report on disability rights is launched

Government needs to implement the UNCRDP Returning from Geneva, Disability Wales will launch the Wales today at the Cross Party Working Group on Disability. Our report […]

Disability Wales takes evidence to UN

Disability Wales in Geneva to take evidence of human rights violations to UN Committee on the Rights of Disabled People Disability Wales and Disabled People’s […]

Journey to Geneva

Social media round up As Disability Wales head to Geneva to defend and promote our human rights, you can keep up to date with us […]

How our rights are monitored

The UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People Disability Wales have arrived in Geneva! This is an important part of the process of how […]

Disability Wales head to Geneva!

Disability Wales head to Geneva! Today (11th March) Disability Wales, along with other UK Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO’s), will be flying out to Geneva ahead […]

Defending our human rights

Our human rights Disabled people’s human rights are explained in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Convention gives a […]

Open letter to oppose Government’s disability benefit cuts

  Open letter to oppose Government’s disability benefit cuts Ahead of this week’s Budget (8th March), Disability Wales are supporting a UK wide call for […]

7 Blatantly Obvious Things the Government Could Do to Support Disabled People into Employment.

Since January, Disability Wales has been consulting on the DWP’s Green Paper. Many of you attended the North and South Wales forums, and over a […]

The Green Paper Doesn’t Pay Enough Attention to the Barriers that Disabled People Face

Our Policy and Programmes Manager has a guest post on the Scope Blog, talking about the ‘Improving Lives: Work, Health and Disability Green Paper. Disability […]

Holocaust Memorial Day – 27th January 2017

During Nazi Germany, disabled people were victimised and blamed for being useless and a burden on society, preventing the economic success of Nazi Germany. In […]

Call for BBC Interviewees: Domiciliary Care

BBC Week In Week Out are looking for people to talk to and possibly interview who are currently trying to get domiciliary care, but are […]

Funding Should Be Ring-fenced To Protect Disabled People

Disability Wales is calling on Welsh Government to take extra steps to protect disabled people who receive the Wales Independent Living Grants. By not ring […]

Celebrate UK Disability History Month

The 22nd November to 22nd December is UK Disability History Month. It’s a time to reflect on where our movement has come from, and where […]

Celebrate 10 Years of UNCRPD Activism!

The UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People was launched 10 years ago today. It has been a great framework for holding governments accountable […]

Press Release: Disability Wales Celebrates Training Success

  On Friday 2nd December, graduates of the Enabling Wales training course celebrated their achievements. The course, in Active Citizenship, Equality and Democracy, is designed […]

Ask for a More Disability Friendly World for This Time Next Year

This 3rd December, we’re asking you what issues effect disabled people the most. That’s because the International Day of Disabled People is a time for […]

Press Release: Innovative Research Programme to Improve Welsh Disabled People’s Lives

All Wales People First and CARP Collaborations in Swansea are to receive a share of £400K being awarded across the UK this autumn. The money […]

Let’s ‘Talk Communities’

Communities First is likely to end. Let’s take this opportunity to tell Welsh Government what we think it should be replaced with. This is an […]

At a Glance Response to the Autumn Budget Statement

Disability Wales’ has provided its first impressions of the potential impact of today’s budget announcements on disabled people. This budget appears to be largely targeted […]

How to Survive Five Problems Disabled People Face

Some situations we face can feel nightmarish. Yet simply knowing what to do can reduce your stress levels significantly, and help you to overcome what […]

Our Conference and AGM Discussed Growing Deprivation

There was a lot of good information at our conference on the 19th. That’s only to be expected with a Law Professor, a fundraising organisation […]

South East Wales Speaks Up for Disabled People’s Rights

In late September, we held a forum in Cardiff on disabled people’s rights. While there, David Sage of the Bridgend Coalition of Disabled People recorded […]

The Top 5 Disability Rights Concerns in Cardiff

There was a great turnout at our first disability rights event. There were five full tables at our forum in Cardiff last Thursday, and they shared […]

5 Ways Disabled People’s Rights Are Under Threat

Right now, we’re asking for your views on disability rights in the UK. Yet you may be wondering if something you’ve experienced is a rights […]

Be Someone Who Speaks up for Disability Rights

Right now, you can have an impact on the state of the UK’s disability rights. Our online survey has just become available for you to […]

Social Care Wales Seeks New Board Members

Do you have an interest in social care?  The establishment of Social Care Wales presents an exciting opportunity to improve social care in Wales.  The organisation is looking […]

Save the Date!

It’s that time of year again. The Disability Wales Annual Conference & AGM is coming, with the date set for 19th October. It will be […]

Opportunity for disabled people to help hold Government to account on its record on disabled people’s rights

In 2017 the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will be examining the UK’s compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of […]

Diverse Cymru – Diversity in Film and TV

Diverse Cymru are working with and on behalf of the Welsh Government’s Creative Industries Sector Team to deliver a pioneering project, Diversity in Film and TV, to […]

First minister deadlock: AMs to meet over Labour-Plaid deal

A deal to end the stalemate over who becomes first minister will be put in front of AMs from Labour and Plaid Cymru on Tuesday. […]

Europe agrees rules on website accessibility

European Parliament reaches provisional agreement on accessibility of public sector bodies’ websites and mobile apps Many of us take the internet for granted – but […]

Shaking, crying, panic – the trauma of a benefits assessment with PTSD

After a distressing experience she can’t even remember, Lucia’s PIP was cut. She suffered a relapse and, like dominos, more benefits were taken away Looking […]

Disability charity publishes free easy read guide on EU Referendum 23rd June

The national disability charity, United Response, has published an easy read summary covering the forthcoming EU Referendum. The summary is the sixth special edition of […]

Isaac takes EHRC chair, despite concerns over DWP ‘outsourcing’ work

The new chair of the equality watchdog has taken up his new post, despite question-marks over potential conflicts of interest arising from his legal firm’s […]

Apprenticeship taskforce welcomed, despite concerns over membership

Disabled campaigners are hoping a new government taskforce will lead to apprenticeships becoming more accessible to disabled people, despite concerns over who ministers will invite […]

Pioneering £5 million DRILL programme sends out first call for funding bids

A pioneering programme backed by £5 million of lottery cash has issued a call for user-led teams across the UK to apply for funding to […]

It is ‘not value-for-money’ to collect vital PIP stats on 20-metre rule, says DWP

Two disabled peers have criticised ministers for refusing to collect figures that would demonstrate the impact of a key element of new benefit rules that […]

Wheelchair taxi rules will finally come into force… after 20 years

A report by peers on the impact of equality legislation on disabled people appears to have secured its first success, after the government agreed to […]

Crabb hints at lengthy delays to manifesto pledge on disability jobs gap

The new work and pensions secretary has suggested the government’s pledge to halve the disability employment gap will face lengthy delays, after he said he […]

Crabb’s mixed signals on fresh disability benefit cuts

The new work and pensions secretary has sent out mixed signals on whether he wants to make further cuts to spending on disability benefits. Stephen […]

Jailed conman who targeted disabled people ‘defrauded hundreds’

Hundreds of disabled people are believed to have fallen victim to a “manipulative” fraudster who posed as a lawyer to steal money they were owed […]

assist-Mi® App for access on the go

assist-Mi® is a revolutionary app that offers comprehensive assistance to disabled users on the go, empowering them to greater independence when accessing everyday goods and […]

Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru trade accusations in assembly standoff

Parties accuse each other of arrogance as impasse over who will be first minister leaves assembly in limbo. Welsh Labour and the nationalists Plaid Cymru […]

Building Livelihoods poverty project a success, charity says

A new approach to combating poverty which has been piloted across Wales is effective and saves money from the public purse, Oxfam Cymru has said. […]

What will it take to pay the Living Wage in Wales? – Project

More than a quarter of all employees in Wales are paid less than the Living Wage – the minimum hourly rate needed to afford a […]

New EHRC Commissioner for Wales

Message from Kate Bennett: June Milligan appointed EHRC Commissioner for Wales   I’m thrilled to announce that June Milligan has been appointed as our new […]

Disabled people deserve a fairer interpretation of their mobility than this arbitrary 20 metre rule

The space behind the clerks’ table in the House of Lords was occupied last week by three wheelchair-user peers and myself, on a mobility scooter, […]

Digital Communities Wales

From 2009 until 2015, Communities 2.0, a Welsh Government digital inclusion project, helped 60,000 to get online. Despite this good progress, 19% of adults in […]

NEST – tackiling fuel poverty

Working in partnership to tackle fuel poverty The Welsh Government Warm Homes Nest scheme aims to tackle fuel poverty by improving the energy efficiency of […]

Hijinx Taster Sessions

Hijinx Taster Sessions Taster sessions for our Academies and Drama Foundation courses. email – jon.kidd@hijinx.org.uk And these are the dates of the taster sessions: North […]

Learning Disability Wales new project Valued Lives

Valued Lives – Working together to Inform, Train, Innovate, Represent and Challenge Valued Lives supports the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act and will train, […]

Invictus Games 2016: Six Welsh warriors taking part

Six Welsh military veterans are part of the 108 strong British team out in America for the Invictus Games. The five-day event got underway when […]

Cancer costs too high for average Welsh family, charity says

Most people in Wales cannot financially afford to get cancer because of the increased living costs, a cancer charity has said. Macmillan Cancer Support estimates […]

Radio station aims to give voice to disabled people

An internet radio station produced by and for people with disabilities is celebrating 10 years of broadcasting. Able Radio started life as an in-house production […]

Language, love and research feature in 11th Blogging Against Disablism Day

By Raya Al Jadir Disabled people have taken part in the 11th annual Blogging Against Disablism Day, sharing their “experiences, observations and thoughts about disability […]

Channel 4 defends decision on mental health panel make-up

Channel 4 has been criticised for hosting a panel discussion on how the media treats mental health, without inviting anyone with mental health difficulties onto […]

New ‘hub’ means pioneering university will join world leaders in disability law

The University of Leeds is set to become a world leader in disability law, after setting up a ground-breaking new “hub” of some of the […]

Government’s failure to ring-fence ILF funding ‘is leading to postcode lottery’

The government’s failure to ring-fence the funding it is handing to local authorities following the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) is leading to […]

Agreement on new EU public sector website access is ‘crucial milestone’

An agreement on new European Union (EU) rules on the accessibility of public sector websites is a “crucial milestone” on the journey towards an inclusive […]

Campaigners call on minister to reject rail access funding delay

Campaigners have called on the transport secretary to ignore recommendations from the head of Network Rail that would delay tens of millions of pounds of […]

Scottish police assessing possible investigation into IDS and Grayling

Scottish police are assessing whether to launch a criminal investigation into the failure of two government ministers to address a coroner’s concerns about the safety […]