David Cameron wants to encourage disabled people to work, yet he misunderstands: taxing independence payments will disincentivise us from getting jobs and fail to produce the expected savingsTuesday marked the end of the Independent Living Fund (ILF), …
The web can be liberating for disabled adults – but a lack of training, accessibility and funding means the online world is a step too far for many
Elaine suffers from depression and anxiety. A psychiatric nurse suggested that she learn how to use a computer to keep in contact with her family so that she didn’t feel so isolated. So Elaine decided to attend one-to-one tutorials at Cambridge Online. “I’m in my 50s. We didn’t have computers when I was at school, so it was quite a job to teach me. I didn’t even know how to use a keyboard and was afraid if I hit a wrong button, I would break it.”
Since then she has learned how to type, use a search engine, send emails, save photos and make birthday cards by following the Tinder Foundation’s Learn My Way courses. “My family lives in Scotland, but because of the computer I was able to see my nephew’s fourth birthday pictures the next day. It’s opened up a whole new life for me. If I go online I can lose myself for quite a while and it stops my mind wandering and thinking about myself.”
The ONS found that 27% of disabled adults had never used the internet, compared to 11% of non-disabled adults
City links: Wheelchair-friendly city transport, micro houses on the historic rooftops of Barcelona and Philadelphia’s grassroots monuments feature in this week’s roundup of the best city stories
This week’s best city stories from around the web describe how easy – or otherwise – it is to get around various cities in a wheelchair, explore the Barcelona project to put mobile “micro-houses” atop buildings, and reveal Philadelphians’ proposals for new monuments. We’d love to hear your responses to these stories, and any others you’ve read recently, both on Guardian Cities and elsewhere. Just share your thoughts in the comments below.
Barcelona’s top hat
This month, the first person was convicted under recent forced-marriage laws. But problems persist, and those with learning difficulties are particularly vulnerable. My Life, My Marriage is one project hoping to help
This month, a 34-year old businessman from Cardiff become the first person in the UK to be jailed under the forced-marriage laws introduced in June 2014.
Forced marriage is defined as being when one or both spouses do not consent to the marriage, or when consent is extracted under duress – which can include physical, psychological, financial, sexual and emotional pressure.
Within many families there can be a belief that marriage is a rite of passage and some families may even perhaps wish or hope that it will “cure” the person of learning disabilities. Other families, particularly where there are older parents, might be worried about who will look after their son or daughter after they are gone. So through marriage they are hoping to bring in someone who will be a lifetime carer.
Even if carried out benignly, they have not considered that the person with learning disabilities once married will have to deal with [issues like] sex, having children, a commitment to another person and compromises when living with someone else. And worse than this they may face rejection once the spouse realises that they have a disability or even worse they may be physically, emotionally and/or sexually abused.
But also increasingly we are seeing people with learning disabilities becoming targeted for forced marriage through coercion or trickery in order to extract their finances or accommodation or even for passports or visas.”
Whether it’s horse riding or canoeing, supported holidays give people with complex disabilities the chance to get away from it all
I’m part of the holidays team at the deafblind charity Sense. We organise holidays and short breaks for people with multi-sensory impairments and other complex needs. Our short breaks give people the chance to get away from it all, try something new and have a lot of fun. They also give a much-needed break to families who support a deafblind person.
Social services minister Scott Morrison is confronted by a disability support protester during a press conference at the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) national conference. ‘I work as best as I can… I’m also a mother of three kids,’ she tells Morrison. The woman claims her disability support pension has been removed and that the last two budgets have left her struggling. ‘How in the hell am I expected to survive?’ she asks. Continue reading…
David Cameron picks up on the wonder of Amal Clooney and all things Gallic – but not the wheelchairs in the lobby
There’s nothing like the presence of a genuine celeb in the visitors’ gallery to make sure everyone is on their best behaviour for prime minister’s questions.
Quite what Amal Clooney was doing there in parliament or what she made of it all was less obvious. From time to time she flashed a bemused A-list smile but mostly remained A-list inscrutable, before dashing off suitably A-list early after 20 minutes.
Disability rights campaigners clash with police inside the House of Commons after trying to storm the chamber during prime minister’s questions. Around 30 protesters staged a noisy demonstration against benefit cuts in central lobby. Footage shot by Ka…