Hear the voices of people with learning disabilities

21 June 2016
A new organisation to promote the rights and voice of people with learning disabilities launches on June 14th at the House of Lords. Learning Disability England brings together people with learning disabilities, their families and interested professionals to strengthen the voice of people with learning disabilities. (The Big Idea)
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Withdrawal of job offer because of absences in previous role arose from disability

20 June 2016
In West v Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Mrs West is a nurse who is disabled due to three conditions: osteoarthritis, asthma and depression. Her previous employment as a nurse at New Hall Prison was terminated by consent following long term sick leave as she was incapable of fulfilling her role. (The HR Director)
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Supreme Court to hear 'wheelchair vs buggy' bus case

15 June 2016
A case that will determine whether bus companies should make people with pushchairs and others move from buses' disabled spaces will be heard at the Supreme Court later. The case is the first disability discrimination case involving service providers to be heard by the Supreme Court. (BBC)
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Channel 4's Year Of Disability

14 June 2016
In broadcasting Channel 4 leads the way in standing up for those whose voices are not always given the platform they deserve. Giving airtime to minority voices and issues was baked into Channel 4’s DNA when it was conceived in 1982 and is still an essential part of who they are today. (able)
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1,268 Greenwich and Lewisham hospital staff sign up to "Dementia Friends"

13 June 2016
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust has been praised by the Alzheimer’s Society(AS) for recruiting 1,268 staff members to become “Dementia Friends” whilst celebrating Dementia Awareness Week celebrations. The trust held information sessions as part of the initiative which aims to change the way people think, act and talk about dementia. (South London Press)
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Staff with long-term conditions 'should have right to return to work'

08 June 2016
Resolution Foundation says employees with long-term health conditions and disabilities should have the same right as new mums to return to their employer within a year, according to a report aimed at improving the employment rate of people with disabilities. (CIPD)
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‘It's as simple as just talking’ - VocaliD gives a voice to the voiceless

07 June 2016
Speech scientist Rupal Patel is helping break down communication barriers for the more than 10 million people without a voice, through groundbreaking technology. The company is pioneering the customization of digital voices and is working with Saatchi & Saatchi New York to help tell the story. (The Drum)
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Press release: Business Disability Forum launch new digital inclusion process Access Pathway

06 June 2016
London, UK – Business Disability Forum (BDF) is pleased to announce the launch of its latest digital inclusion service, the Access Pathway. The Access Pathway is a new route to a comprehensive accessible digital presence for businesses no matter what size, industry or sector.
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Premier League silent on whether clubs can break promises on access

03 June 2016
The Premier League has refused to say whether its clubs will be allowed to break a public pledge to reach basic access standards for disabled fans by August 2017. All 20 clubs agreed to comply with the 2003 Accessible Stadia Guide that features guidelines on accessibility. (Disability News Service)
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BDF and PurpleSpace submission on Government's planned White Paper for the social and economic inclusion of disabled people

03 June 2016
London, UK - Business Disability Forum (BDF) and PurpleSpace recently provided a joint submission to Steve Crabb MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and Justin Tomlinson MP, Minister for Disabled People about priorities for the Government's planned White Paper to set out a whole-of-government approach to securing inclusion of disabled people in all economic and social opportunities. BDF and PurpleSpace strongly support the Government's ambitions to reduce by half the employment gap between disabled and non-disabled people, and the growing focus in welfare to work initiatives to securing sustainable employment for people with disabilities and long term health conditions. 
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