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WELSH GOVERNMENT URGED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS OVER BLUE BADGE PARKING SCHEME

North Wales Assembly Member Mark Isherwood has called on the Welsh Government to answer to the Assembly on the future of the Blue Badge scheme […]

Consultation – Improving the recruitment and retention of Domiciliary Care workers in Wales

  On 19 January, the Welsh Government launched an important consultation about ways the quality of social care can be improved by addressing key workforce […]

Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act Information Event – Bridgend

Sharing ideas and planning together   Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act Information Event Bethlehem Church Life Centre, Cefn Cribwr, CF32 0AA Wednesday 10th February […]

Coproduction in research into neurological conditions

Organised by the Wales Neurological Alliance, this conference will explore the benefits of a co-productive approach for researchers and participants in the context of the […]

Bedroom tax discriminates against disabled children, say appeal court judges

The government’s “bedroom tax” discriminates unlawfully against disabled children, the court of appeal has ruled. The appeal court, which overturned a high court decision, was […]

DWP refuses to back down over annual disability employment report

A disabled peer has failed to persuade the government to publish an annual report on progress towards its target of halving the disability employment gap. […]

MPs call on government to reopen fund for disabled politicians

A cross-party group of MPs have called on the government to reopen a fund that provided financial support for disabled people who want to stand […]

Care watchdog to subsidise Maximus plans to halve pay of disabled experts

The care watchdog wants to use government funds to subsidise a discredited US outsourcing giant’s plans to slash the pay of disabled expert advisors by […]

Disabled bouncer barred from job over ‘discriminatory’ new industry rules

The only wheelchair-user to secure accreditation as a nightclub bouncer is fighting “discriminatory” new rules that have led to the loss of his licence, just […]

Campaigner’s Rio dream is fading over funding shortfall

A disabled campaigner has secured a place to volunteer at this summer’s Rio Olympics, but is struggling to raise £17,000 to pay for herself and […]

Channel 4 enlists YODA for its Year of Disability

Channel 4 has pledged to double the number of disabled people appearing in 20 of its biggest TV shows this year, as part of what […]

Dr Kevin Fitzpatrick OBE

It was with great shock and sadness at Disability Wales that we learned of the death on 14 January 2016 of former Chairperson and prominent […]

Spirit of 2012 awards £4.5 million to help people to ‘Get Out & Get Active’ across the UK

Spirit of 2012, a charity set up with money from the Big Lottery Fund to carry forward the spirit of the London 2012 Olympic and […]

Disabled MP’s jobs warning to government: ‘Do not under-estimate prejudice’

A disabled Conservative MP has warned the government not to underestimate the difficulty of achieving its aim of halving the disability employment gap, because of […]

Minister provides an update on the Welsh Independent Living Grant

The Minister for Health & Social Services, Mark Drakeford AM, has responded to a letter from the Co-Chairs of the Cross Party Group on Disability, […]

Disability Wales awarded £600,000 Welsh Government funding package

Disability Wales has been awarded a funding package by Welsh Government totaling £600,000 over the next three years, which means that it is no longer […]

The Agile Nation 2 Project

Chwarae Teg, the charity that works to help women in Wales achieve and prosper, is now delivering Agile Nation 2 the successor to the highly […]

Support at christmas

Message from Mind: Christmas can be a really challenging time of year for many of us and living with a mental health problem can make […]

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

The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act is about improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales, now and in the future. The purpose of […]

Campaigning couples tell peers of barriers to justice

Two couples who have taken disability discrimination cases through the legal system have told a committee of peers about the barriers they have faced in […]

Shadow minister set for disability equality road trip

A Labour shadow minister is to travel the country to ask disabled people for their help in designing a 21st-century social security system. Debbie Abrahams, […]

Autistic Women’s Empowerment Project supports the campaign to Save Disability Wales

This year as an organisation we connected with and became full members of Disability Wales Since that time they have provided us with training to […]

WELSH GOVERNMENT MUST RECONSIDER DISABILITY WALES FUNDING CUT

North Wales Assembly Member Mark Isherwood has called on the Welsh Government to reconsider its funding change which is putting the future of Disability Wales […]

Disability Wales at risk of closure following funds shake-up

PRESS RELEASE   Disability Wales at risk of closure following funds shake-up   Following a Welsh Government funding change, as from the 1st of April […]

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

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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 […]

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IMPROVING ACCESSIBILITY AND EQUALITY IN THE ARTS; A PIONEERING NATIONAL ACCESS SCHEME FOR WALES

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.