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Landmark ruling on exclusion of disabled pupils from schools

Thousands of children whose disability means that they have ‘a tendency to physically abuse’ will now be properly protected from discrimination in schools after a landmark ruling in the Upper Tribunal. The Equality and Human Rights Commission used their powers under Section 28 of the Equality Act 2006 to fund an appeal brought by the Read this story


Enforcement of the Equality Act: Inquiry launched

The Women and Equalities Committee launches an inquiry into the enforcement of the Equality Act 2010 – legislation which is designed to “provide a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all”. Inquiry: Enforcement of the Equality Act: the law and the role of the EHRC Women and Read this story


People with hidden disabilities to benefit from Blue Badges

People with hidden disabilities, including autism and mental health conditions will soon have access to Blue Badges, removing the barriers many face to travel. The Blue Badge scheme already means those with physical disabilities can park closer to their destination than other drivers, as they are less able to take public transport or walk longer Read this story


Inclusive Transport Strategy: achieving equal access for disabled people

The Government’s Inclusive Transport Strategy builds on the responses received to the 2017 consultation on a draft Accessibility Action Plan, and sets out how Government will deliver the necessary changes to our transport networks, both through government interventions and working in partnership with industry and others. By 2030, they envisage equal access for disabled people Read this story


SHIRE Changing Places Grant

Standard accessible toilets don’t meet the needs of all people with a disability or their families and carers. Leicestershire council has made funding available to install Changing Places toilets Grants are available to public and private sector organisations in Leicestershire (excluding Leicester City and Rutland) that are responsible for publically accessible buildings in which a Read this story


UK airports show big rise in help for disabled passengers

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today published its annual report on the accessibility services provided by the top 30 UK airports. The report highlights that there are more than three million requests for assistance at UK airports annually – a rise of almost 80 per cent since 2010. Satisfaction levels remain high, with Read this story


University of Bristol and Disability Rights report: Getting Things Changed

‘Disability rights are not always seen in practice, with disabled people still facing many barriers; material and attitudinal.’ The final report; ‘Getting Thing Changed’, a research project by the University of Bristol and Disability Rights explores how social practices can exclude disabled people, and how this can be changed. The report states that all social practices Read this story