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Thunderclap – Disabled People’s Manifesto

Sign up for our Manifesto Thunderclap – support and spread awareness of our calls for action! Right now, you’re probably asking yourself what is a […]

RNIB Cymru – Get Online workshops

RNIB Cymru have opportunities for people with sight and hearing loss to get their hands on technology. You do not have to be registered with sight […]

One in a Hundred – Happus

Message from Happus: For the next 100 days, we will be making one person in every hundred  very happy!   As part of being one […]

25 Feb 2016: Conference on Community Regeneration through Digital Inclusion

Date: Thursday 25 February 2016, 10am – 4.00pm Venue: Catrin Finch Conference Centre, Glyndwr University, Wrexham Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-regeneration-through-digital-inclusion-adfywio-cymunedol-trwy-gynhwysiant-digidol-tickets-19203766984   Digital Communities Wales and BT Wales […]

Digital Inclusion Workshops

  The Welsh Government’s Digital inclusion Unit and the ‘Digital Communities Wales’ digital inclusion programme invite you to attend a workshop to explore how they […]

Actor’s horror as disability hate crime ‘comes knocking on the door’

A leading disability hate crime campaigner has blamed the government’s anti-benefits rhetoric for a verbal attack on the partner of a wheelchair-using Coronation Street actor. […]

‘Shocking’ report exposes failings in ME social care

By Raya Al Jadir A tiny proportion of disabled people with the neurological condition ME are receiving the social care they could be entitled to, […]

Einstein’s fish and the elephant – blog post

Getting excited I’m really excited to have been at the first DRILL NAG last Friday. In English, that means I went to the first National […]

WCA death scandal: Grayling ordered assessment roll-out, despite coroner’s warning

Ministers appear to have allowed a controversial disability benefits assessment to be rolled out to hundreds of thousands of long-term claimants with mental health conditions, […]

Speech by Professor Mark Drakeford AM at DW Conference

 Palantypist’s Transcript Speech by the Minister for Health and Social Services, Professor Mark Drakeford AM, at Disability Wales’ Annual Seminar, You Say You Want a […]

Disability rights under attack: Rights ‘have regressed’ in last five years, says watchdog

Disabled people’s rights have gone backwards over the last five years, according to a major review of equality and human rights in Britain. Following its […]

MPs ‘have missed the real flaws of Work Choice’

A disabled researcher and campaigner has criticised a new report by a cross-party committee of MPs for failing to acknowledge fully the “perverse contradiction” at […]

Cameron challenged twice in a minute over disability rights

The prime minister has had to defend his record on disability rights twice in a minute, after being questioned about both a UN inquiry and […]

Doors open on a brand new performance training course in West Wales

This month, 8 talented learning disabled performers from across West Wales have begun a new journey into the arts. These are the students of the […]

ERS Cymru Press Release – Response to Draft Wales Bill

  Warm welcome for new election powers Devolution of the voting age, voting system and size of the National Assembly amongst measures welcomed by the […]

Consultation: Draft guidelines for local authority counselling services and Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS) on collaborative working

guidelines in order for respective organisations to support their roles in supporting children and young people and identifying good working practice.

Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015: How do you measure a nation’s progress?

improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales, now and in the future.

Press release: Older people and austerity comes under the spotlight at the Pierhead

“Government policies must value older people’s contribution to building supportive communities,” say charity chiefs The role of the third sector in supporting older people to […]

Cardiff Uni seeking disabled people to take part in research exploring parenthood goals

Would you like to complete a survey and receive a £10 Amazon voucher?

Nash hopes new online hub for networks will boost ‘purple power’

A unique new website aims to bring together networks representing hundreds of thousands of disabled employees across the UK. PurpleSpace will support the leaders of […]

Tory conference: Anger over IDS ‘work your way out of poverty’ call

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of insulting disabled people by telling them to “work your way out of poverty”. His […]

Press Release: You say you want a revolution

*** EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 08 October 2015*** PRESS RELEASE You say you want a revolution: Getting to the heart of the Social Services and Well-being […]

Press Release: Citizen trailblazers transforming Social Services in Wales

Disability Wales and Wales Co-operative Centre are delighted to announce the three pioneering groups selected to take part in Stage 2 of the Citizen Directed […]

Wales DRILL Press Release

PRESS RELEASE   Disabled people to lead on £5 million research programme Disabled people will be at the forefront of designing an innovative new £5 […]

ILF photo study

photojournalism student looking for disabled people affected by ILF cut

Shared Purpose: Shared Future: Draft Statutory Guidance for the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015

WG want your views on the guidance that will be used to explain how the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 will affect public bodies subject to its provisions.

Learning Disability Wales annual Conference

Heart and Soul – What well-being means to me Learning Disability Wales Annual Conference Wednesday 4 – Thursday 5 November 2015 Newport, South Wales (Accessible […]



Analysing the impact of the UK Government’s welfare reforms in Wales

research to assess the impact of the UK Government’s welfare reforms in Wales.

Coroner’s ‘ground-breaking’ verdict: Suicide was ‘triggered’ by ‘fit for work’ test

A coroner has demanded that the government takes action to prevent future deaths of disability benefit claimants

Disabled People’s Manifesto launch – Press Release

PRESS RELEASE *** EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 Thursday 17 September 2015 *** Don’t disable us, enable us! Disability Wales Announce Disabled People’s Manifesto #itsmyright   Disability […]

The Equality and Human Rights Exchange Autumn Events

Autumn Equality and Human Rights Exchange events are to be held ...

Disabled student wins £20k after university built library it knew would breach DDA

A university which built a library it knew was inaccessible in order to cut costs has agreed to pay £20,000 in compensation for discriminating against a talented disabled photography student.

UN is ‘deeply concerned’ about impact of EU austerity

The United Nations has given the European Union (EU) just 12 months to explain how it will introduce long-awaited legislation to improve the accessibility of goods and services across its member states.

Duncan Smith silent on calls for apology over ‘normal’ comments

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith is facing fresh calls to quit or be fired after suggesting in the House of Commons that disabled […]

Confirmed! UN is investigating UK’s ‘grave violations’ of disabled people’s rights

The United Nations is carrying out an unprecedented inquiry into “systematic and grave violations” of disabled people’s human rights by the UK government

Great opportunity at BBC Wales/ Cyfle gwych yn BBC Cymru

The following email has been sent on behalf of BBC Wales: If you have a story or a strong opinion you want to share with […]

Wales leaps ahead in superfast broadband availability

Ofcom’s 12th annual Communications Market report (launched 6th August) has stated that the surge in the availability of superfast broadband and the take-up of internet […]

Where are we now conference

Friday 11 December 2015, Cardiff Bay 10:00 – 15:30 This Conference will take stock of developments in the law and practice in Wales concerning the […]

Premier League ‘should be ashamed’ of treatment of blind fans

Most Premier League football clubs have inaccessible websites and fail to provide audio-described commentary for blind and partially-sighted supporters, according to a new survey by […]

Campaigner publishes DIY legal guide to how he won 40 discrimination cases

An activist who has brought more than 40 legal cases against organisations that discriminated against him has published a new guide to help other disabled […]

Shakespeare defends assisted suicide, but admits to doubts

A prominent disabled advocate for legalising assisted suicide has defended his position, but has promised to reconsider his support if shown evidence that casts doubt […]

Learning disability Wales New Training programme (October 2015 – March 2016)

Learning Disability Wales' training programme includes a range of person-centred and practical courses

Give your views and help to improve Social Services

If you are vision impaired, deaf or deafblind, and have had contact with your local Social Services in Wales recently, Action on Hearing Loss Cymru […]

Ofcom consultation on EPG accessibility for vi television viewers

Ofcom has produced a set of proposals to improve the accessibility of on-screen TV programme guides

House of Lords Select Committee to examine Equality Act

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Equality Act 2010 and Disability is to review the way that the Equality Act is serving disabled people, and has launched a 'Call for Evidence' from all interested parties.

Chwarae Teg Soapbox event

What does the Wales you want look like?

Green Paper: Our Health, Our Health Service Consultation

Welsh Government are seeking your views on how they can improve quality and governance in the NHS. This Green Paper: sets out  current systems which support quality […]

Design and Access Statements Consultation

To make you aware of the Welsh Government’s consultation on the future scope and content of Design and Access Statements is now live.

Workshop: Direct payment learning toolkit

The new direct payments learning toolkit workshop is an opportunity to learn about this online resource, find out how it can be of benefit to […]

First LGBT Pride event signs up to the Charter

In its 16th year Pride Cymru has become the first Pride event in the UK to sign up to our Charter of Best Practice. The […]

Diversity in democracy programme

The programme aims to increase the diversity of individuals standing for election to local government.

Personal Independence Payment

From July DWP will start the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) rollout for the remaining eligible DLA claimants.

Call for Evidence – House of Lords Select Committee on the Equality Act 2010 and Disability

A House of Lords Committee set up especially to look at the Equality Act 2010 and its impact on disabled people has today published the attached call for written evidence and invites all interested parties to submit evidence by 4 September 2015.

Court hears appeal on ‘unfair’ PIP 20 metre rule consultation

A government consultation on plans to tighten eligibility for its new disability benefit was unfair and unlawful, the court of appeal heard this week.

CPS set for controversial action on disability hate crime

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has issued controversial new guidance on disability hate crime

1. Welsh Government action plan to further equality for transgender people

The consultation runs until 11 September, and hopes to “address areas of discrimination, improve access to public services and tackle social stigmatisation, harassment and bullying […]

Disability Rights UK – Disability Confidence Course

Disability Rights UK is running a Disability Confidence training course at their London office on 21st September 2015. This highly-acclaimed course has been developed over several […]

Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology’s statement on Superfast Broadband

Announcing that Superfast Cymru will be expanded to reach more premises

Apply to be a member of CSSIW’s new regional forums

people who use and have experience of care, childcare and social services - such as carers, parents, former professionals and members of the public - apply to join CSSIW's regional forums.

Diverse Cymru survey

Have your say! How do you think we can make Wales fairer?

Welsh independent living grant – local authority contact officers

  All local authorities have been informed to notify their recipients of the new arrangements and how these will operate. Below is a list of […]

Plaid calls for Welsh Independent Living Fund

Plaid Cymru's social protection spokesperson, Hywel Williams MP, has urged the Labour Welsh Government to adopt the approach taken in Scotland

Wales replaces the axed UK Independent Living Fund

A new £20m fund to support more than 1,600 disabled people in Wales with their care needs comes into operation today, following the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) by the UK Government.

Closure of the ILF – DW Position Statement

Disability Wales (DW) has consistently opposed the UK government’s decision to abolish the Independent Living Fund (ILF) since it was closed to new applicants in 2010.

Kaleidoscope Investments Offers Funding and Mentoring for Disabled Entrepreneurs (UK)

Kaleidoscope Investments was formed by a group of venture capitalists and is aimed at giving financial backing to help disabled entrepreneurs in the UK start their own business.

Looking for local funding?

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

Seeking nominations – Service User/ Carer Representative – All Wales Posture & Mobility Partnership Board

Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee (WHSSC) has an All Wales Posture & Mobility Partnership Board and they're currently refreshing the Board membership.

JOB VACANCY: Race Council Cymru in Partnership with the Office of the Gwent Police & Crime Commissioner (OPCC)

Race Council Cymru is partnering with the Office of the Gwent Police Crime Commissioner to recruit a BAME Engagement Officer to assist with facilitating better communication between BAME communities across Gwent and the OPCC.

Chance to influence RNIB’s work on employment

RNIB and Action are about to set up a customer engagement group of blind and partially sighted people with an active interest in influencing their […]