The Expert Patient Programme is a six week course designed to help adults with long-term health conditions to take control of their situation. It is also suitable for carers of individuals with long-term health conditions.
On 9 July the Government launched the Access to Elected Office Fund to provide practical support for disabled people who want to become an elected representative.
The Fund has been made available to help meet the additional support needs that a disabled person has that are associated with their disability. If this support were not provided, a disabled person may face an additional barrier in the selection and campaign processes compared to a non-disabled person.
The latest guide in the Doing Life Differently series is written by and for people with lived experience of disability or health conditions and covers the benefits of sport and fitness, how you can get invloved – whether playing, watching or coaching. It’s not just for the next Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, but for everyone! It needn’t be competitive, it needn’t be hard work, it just needs to be fun.
Download the report from the website of Disability Rights UK at this link
There is a Government scheme to insulate people's homes to protect them from the cold and to save them money on their heating bills. More than two and a half million homes have already benefited from the scheme and Disability Resource Centre are working with npower to make sure that disabled people in Birmingham who qualify are getting what you're entitled to.
npower will fund all the supply and fitting costs - you don't even have to be one of their customers.
At DRC we have a small team of volunteers who are transcribing old documents from the disability movement into a text format on Word. We are also able to scan old photographs, magazine covers, etc.
The DRC are hoping to launch a new heritage project later this year, but in the meantime we are keen to build an archive of historical documents for publication in the Resources section of the website.
A new report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission has found that disabled people continue to be put at a disadvantage in the workplace. They are not realising their full potential as they are not getting the support they need at work. The report, “A Perfect Partnership,” says that closing the employment gap between disabled workers and non disabled workers can increase the performance of staff across the board.