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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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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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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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Disability, Fashion, Inclusion, small business -

Since Lottie Jackson featured us in her Guardian article in December 2019 ['Why 2019 was a landmark year for disabled fashion'], progress in this space has been patchy but promising.  To be fair, the dumpster fire of 2020 hasn't made it easy for people to push on with any previously made plans; manufacturing has been a stop-start business, rife with uncertainty. It would be understandable for mainstream brands on the cusp of exploring inclusive design to have pulled back.  For small businesses and startups, keeping the lights on has been hard enough this year. Despite this, we have seen some new...

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Fashion, Inclusion, Women -

Earlier this month, Professor Elizabeth Frood, who has previously spoken to the BBC about her life-changing illness, modelled for at St Cross College, where she holds her fellowship.  Liz, who suffered multiple organ failure as a result of the infection, lost hearing in one ear, much of the functionality of her hands, and had to have her nose entirely reconstructed. She now wears prosthetic legs and is an ambulatory wheelchair user. The signs of sepsis “I thought I had a stomach bug,” Liz told the BBC in a video interview in 2018. Even now, she finds it hard to articulate her rapid...

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