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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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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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Disability, Fashion, Health -

As feeding tube awareness week comes to an end, we wanted to take a look at some of the facts and figures and share some of our favourite social media influencers who are educating the world about tube feeding.   The British Artificial Nutrition Survey (2011) indicates that there are 26,600 adult patients receiving home enteral tube feeding in the UK. Reasons for this include Cancer, Stroke, Cystic Fibrosis, problems with swallowing and central nervous system conditions. There are different types of feeding tubes: ones that go through the nose into the stomach, ones that go through your stomach into...

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Design, Disability, Inclusion -

“It's intuitive — easy on, easy off — and evidence of how design, innovation and engineering can meet to answer an ambitious North Star: the creation of a hands-free shoe.” Nike’s own description of its new ‘FlyEase’ trainers is as accurate as it is succinct. The shoe design has two main features – a “bi-stable hinge” that allows it to be secure in both its fully open and fully closed states; and a “tensioner”, which assists the motions involved in putting on and taking off the shoe. By way of background info: a few years ago, a teenager with cerebral...

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