Disability Rights UK meets new Minister for Disabled People

Disability Rights UK met the new Minister for Disabled People Penny Mordaunt, alongside other disability organisations.
The status of the role has gone back up to Minister of State (the last Minister, Justin Tomlinson, was a Parliamentary Under-Secretary). This could be helpful in increasing influence across government. We were glad to have the chance to raise several issues:

5 steps to engage with books - for dyslexic adults

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Whatever your starting point is, here are 5 steps you could take to engage with books.
By an anonymous dyslexic adult

Step 1: Choose a book

For ideas see
Printable PDF - List of books on the catalogue for dyslexics
Series of books for adults designed to be dyslexia-friendly
Four easy ways to find the right book for you

Access to work information

Access to Work

How to claim
1. Overview
An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition to help you:

*start working
*stay in work
*move into self-employment or start a business
The grant is not for business start-up costs.

How much you get depends on your circumstances.

Disability rights UK gives evidence on disability employment gap

Work and Pensions Committee - The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Ben Baumberg Geiger, Senior Lecturer, University of Kent

Victoria Wass, Reader, University of Cardiff Business School

David Finch, Senior Economic Analyst, Resolution Foundation

George Selvanera, Director of Strategy and External Affairs, Business Disability Forum


Liz Sayce OBE, Chief Executive, Disability Rights UK

Mike Adams OBE, Chief Executive, Essex Coalition of Disabled People

Jane Cordell, Director, Result CIC

Ceative, Successful, Dyslexic: 23 High Achievers Share Their Stories

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Margaret Rooke is a writer with a lot of experience and has been published in many national and international newspapers and magazines her latest project she takes a look at some very well known people and there lives with Creative, Successful, Dyslexic: 23 High Achievers Share Their Stories, well-known people from the arts, sport, and business worlds talk about how dyslexia affected their childhood, how they were able to overcome the challenges and use the special strengths of dyslexia to achieve great success in adulthood.

We can't wait 200 years to halve disability employment gap: IntoWork Convention 2016

We can't wait 200 years to halve disability employment gap: IntoWork Convention 2016

Written by Learning and Work Institute Category: Sector News

Interview: with Dr Nasser Siabi OBE, CEO of Microlink

A new research report has been launched by the Transitions to Employment Group Sub-Group chaired by Dr Siabi on improving the transition of disabled students from education to employment. We caught up with Dr Siabi to find out more.

UN Committee expresses concerns in UK Rights report

In this report the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights expressed a number of concerns about:

  • The proposed introduction of a Bill of Rights
  • The disproportionate adverse impact that austerity measures
  • The unfair reforms to the legal aid system and the introduction of employment tribunal fees
  • The failure to bring into force key provisions of the Equality Act 2010.
  • The disproportionate effect of unemployment on disabled people.
  • Violence against women and girls with disabilities.

I Can Make It : a campaign run by and for young disabled volunteers

I Can Make It is a campaign run by and for young disabled volunteers to smash barriers to employment and create better job opportunities.
Funded by Comic Relief, we aim to influence existing spending by businesses and local government to open up more job opportunities for young people living with health conditions or disabilities
We really want young disabled people to join us as volunteers so we can create new job opportunities.

Charity loans webinar BY MARK HOWLAND JUN 22, 2016

This 45-minute webinar is designed for trustees and senior managers of charities considering loan finance or for those who simply want to learn more.

Brexit vote: Disabled people seek safe haven in Scotland

Hundreds or even thousands of disabled people are so alarmed by the idea of Britain leaving the European Union (EU) that they are considering moving to Scotland, information from disabled activists suggests. One disabled campaigner has told Disability News Service (DNS) that she has been contacted personally by 70 disabled people who want to leave for Scotland in the wake of last week’s referendum result, in which Britain voted to leave the EU by a margin of 52 per cent to 48 per cent.

Special Education Program at Dublin Prison Aims to Help Inmates With Dyslexia

A University of Texas study found 48 percent of prison inmates are dyslexic.

The federal prison system is looking at ways to reduce its inmate population by increasing their educational opportunities. Mark Matthews reports.

Special Education Program at Dublin Prison Aims to Help Inmates With Dyslexia

By Mark Matthews

Labour to appoint a shadow minister for neurodiversity

Monique Craine, a blogger with autism, dyslexia and dyspraxia, suggested the post and was surprised to be taken seriously

A blogger who writes about living with autism, dyslexia and dyspraxia after spending 20 years on incapacity benefit has persuaded the Labour party to appoint a shadow minister for neurodiversity.

Ofqual's consultation on specifications on reasonable adjustments

Open consultation - Ofqual's consultation on specifications on reasonable adjustments


A consultation on proposed changes to reasonable adjustments to qualifications for disabled students.
Consultation on Specifications on Reasonable Adjustments
Ref: Ofqual/16/5999
PDF, 385KB, 53 pages

ITV - Reaping the rewards from an inclusive workplace

ITV - Reaping the rewards from an inclusive workplace


ITV is the biggest commercial broadcaster in the UK; producing programming for ITV’s own channels and for other broadcasters such as the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky. With ITV Studios operating out of the UK and five international locations - US, Australia, Germany, France and Scandinavia - their 4,000 plus strong workforce is rich with diverse people with varying viewpoints, ideas and perspectives.


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