DRILL: funding the future of disability studies

DRILL: funding the future of disability studies

A new initiative for funding academic research seeks to tap directly into the lives and experiences of disabled people, says Ruth Patrick. Members of the disabled people’s movement have long campaigned under the banner of ‘nothing about us without us’. This powerful and simple slogan speaks to disabled people’s desire for self-determination and for a … Continue reading DRILL: funding the future of disability studies

Product review: Verbalise talking watches – talking the talk, looking the look

Product review: Verbalise talking watches – talking the talk, looking the look

Ian Macrae has been looking at and listening to a couple of new additions to the range of talking watches which aim to bring a certain style. Talking watches have moved way beyond their original and most likely consumer group, namely people with impaired sight. Their presence on sites such as Amazon and in the … Continue reading Product review: Verbalise talking watches – talking the talk, looking the look

Benefits cap calls Green’s ‘compassion’ into question

Work and pensions secretary, Damien Green claims to be bringing a more benevolent approach to reforming welfare. But Ruth Patrick argues that the decrease in the benefits cap shows he hasn’t entirely abandoned the old agenda and rhetoric. As a supposedly compassionate conservative, the new Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions, … Continue reading Benefits cap calls Green’s ‘compassion’ into question

The Download: Chasing disabled customers and bad news from the workplace

Presenter Paul Carter is joined by business coach Robin Hindle-Fisher and disability consultant Phil Friend. They discuss unexpected positive consequences from an examination of the extra costs disabled people face which was carried out by Scope, the charity which funds Disability Now. Also on the agenda some research from Nottingham University’s business school which suggests … Continue reading The Download: Chasing disabled customers and bad news from the workplace

Portsmouth’s victory on blue badge abuse

Portsmouth’s victory on blue badge abuse

There has been recent discussion on what appropriate penalties should be for people using blue parking badges fraudulently. But, argues Helen Dolphin, the answer lies in policing and enforcement rather than stronger punishment. At the start of the year the Department for Transport (DfT) released figures which showed that in 2014-15 legal action had been … Continue reading Portsmouth’s victory on blue badge abuse

The Download Head to Head: Baroness Jane Campbell

The Download Head to Head: Baroness Jane Campbell

In the latest conversation in our Head-To-Head podcast series, Ian Macrae meets Baroness Campbell of Surbiton. She talks about her suburban childhood and poor early schooling, the death of her first husband and its impact on her disability politics, her hopes for Teresa May's government and how members of the House of Lords react to … Continue reading The Download Head to Head: Baroness Jane Campbell

Wayne’s world: a friend and carer’s perspective

Wayne’s world: a friend and carer’s perspective

Providing support for a blind friend is about more than making sure he avoids obstacles, says Daniel Levene, as he prepares for the onset of his own blindness. When Wayne describes the day it's like he is describing a Rothko painting. “It's red with a thick band of yellow across the top and a thinner … Continue reading Wayne’s world: a friend and carer’s perspective