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Disability, Inclusion, Politics -

Disabled people have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. They make up six out of ten deaths attributed to the virus and are also, it seems, more likely to be made redundant than non-disabled people.  According to the ONS report 'Coronavirus and redundancies in the UK labour market: September to November 2020', of the employees recorded as being disabled in the period July-Nov 2020, 21.1 per thousand were made redundant. Looking at the employees who were not disabled, 13.0 per thousand were made redundant.  Another kicker is that disabled people on legacy benefits (ESA/JSA) haven't had the £20 uplift that UC...

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Fashion, Women -

If you've been following Kintsugi Clothing for a while now, you'll probably have seen some of our pro-pocket propaganda. Almost all of our garments have pockets - some of them are massive and can accommodate items from medical devices to a medium bottle of gin (hey, we're not judging).  And it appears that our preferences for pockets are widely shared by women across the country. According to a YouGov poll last year (in collaboration with Caroline Criado-Perez) women want their clothing to have functional pockets.  The strength of feeling about this differed depending on the item of clothing and the age of...

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Fashion -

Chances are, you've heard someone joke that their wife, mum or sister bought a pair of shoes that were too small because they loved them so much they were willing to sacrifice comfort in order to wear them.  And although we've all lusted after a pair of shoes, it's simply not worth putting your feet through the discomfort. After all, footwear that is too narrow can cause blisters and bunions. So it's important to make sure you get the right fit.  But, when it comes to shoes advertised as 'wide fit', what does this actually mean? What constitutes a 'wide' foot? Well,...

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Disability, Health -

What is encephalitis? If you don’t know the answer, you’re not alone. Worldwide, 78% of people don’t know what it is. Put simply, encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain. It can be caused by an infection affecting the brain (called ‘infectious’ encephalitis) or by the immune system attacking the brain in error (called ‘post-infectious’ or ‘autoimmune’ encephalitis). Symptoms differ between these two types of encephalitis. For infection encephalitis, the first symptom tends to be a headache or flu-like symptoms, followed by others including: mild confusion or drowsiness high temperature seizures aversion to bright lights inability to speak or control...

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Disability, Inclusion -

This morning, the ONS published their report ‘Outcomes for Disabled People 2020’, which provides a snapshot of the realities experienced by disabled people across a variety of areas, including wellbeing, employment, and social participation. In news that won’t shock many members of the disabled community, there are significant disparities between disabled and non-disabled people in most of these areas. Statistician Josephine Foubert of the ONS’ census and disability analysis team, commented: “An important part of ONS’s work is to identify inequalities in society. As today’s findings show, there are some stark differences between the experience of disabled and non-disabled people,...

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