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Disability Q and A / Re: Independent Living Items at supermarkets/mail order.
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on December 10, 2017, 03:51:43 PM »
Aldi have my undying gratitude over something they don't sell as being for disabled but solved a problem.

I have attentional memory problems (i.e. I'm scatterbrained) and I'm also not terribly safe in general with cooking.  Previous experiences include full-thickness burns and blowing up a microwave on convection setting.  On advice from others, I bought from Aldi a little counter-top oven with top and bottom heating elements (grill and bake).  It has short legs and vents on all sides, including the base.  It has turn-dials like a cheap microwave.  It cools really fast when the dial goes 'ping'. The 'safety' cooker of my dreams.  Ever since then, I've looked not just at the stuff they sell as independent living or whatever, but other stuff, because they have some really simple, practical items.  Sometimes trying to produce an item that's cheap but reliable (to  match the image Aldi and Lidl like to project) also produces an item perfect for people that have special needs of one sort or another.
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Disability Q and A / Re: Gutter crutches- experiences?
« Last post by SunshineMeadows on December 10, 2017, 03:39:52 PM »
It looks to me like the Americans have a different name for gutter crutches but I will add the video because it has some good tips for new users  >hugs<

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Disability Q and A / Re: Independent Living Items at supermarkets/mail order.
« Last post by SunshineMeadows on December 10, 2017, 03:31:39 PM »
 >thumbsup< >star<
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News and Current Affairs / Re: Vilification of disabled workers by the government
« Last post by lankou on December 09, 2017, 08:45:19 PM »
Comment on the Disability News Service:-

Live links at link:-

https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/outrage-after-chancellor-blames-disabled-people-for-uks-economic-woes/


Outrage after chancellor blames disabled people for UK’s economic woes

By John Pring  on  December 7, 2017   Employment

The chancellor of the exchequer is facing calls to apologise after he made “disgraceful” comments that blamed disabled people for the country’s poor economic performance.

Philip Hammond’s comments to the Treasury select committee yesterday (Wednesday) came just days after his government launched its new 10-year Improving Lives strategy, which aims to find jobs for one million more disabled people by 2027.

Those attacking his comments included the Disabled Police Association, which described them as “unfair (and inaccurate)”, while Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, Marsha de Cordova, said they were “disgraceful”.

Hammond (pictured) had been asked by the committee to explain the reasons for the country’s low levels of productivity growth.

He told the MPs: “It is almost certainly the case that by increasing participation in the workforce, including far higher levels of participation by marginal groups, very high levels of engagement in the workforce, for example of disabled people – something we should be extremely proud of – we may have had an impact on the overall productivity measurements.”

The Treasury had not said by 1pm today (Thursday) whether Hammond would be apologising for his comments.

A leading disabled consultant, Tracey Proudlock, described the comments on Twitter as “disgraceful”.

The Disabled Police Association said, also on Twitter: “It’s more difficult for disabled people to find employment than non-disabled – unfair (and inaccurate) for those who are working & paying taxes to be blamed for holding back the economy.”

Stephen Brookes, a coordinator of the Disability Hate Crime Network, said they were “the most insulting, disgraceful, anti-disabled comments made by a senior politician for years”.

Brookes said Hammond’s words were “not even supportable by reality and facts”, and he added: “The amount of disabled people who work hard and often for lower than equal wages to counterparts is a massive contribution to all local and national services.

“The damage to disabled people’s dynamism is immense.

“No wonder faith in, and respect for, statutory bodies and politicians and their duty of care to minority groups and their value to society is crumbling.”

De Cordova asked the Commons deputy speaker yesterday if Hammond would be making a statement and issuing an apology to MPs for his comments “scapegoating disabled people as a reason for low productivity”.

In a statement, she said: “As a disabled person I am shocked and appalled that Philip Hammond is trying to blame me and other disabled people for the Tories’ economic failure.

“He should apologise immediately for this disgraceful comment.”

One disabled campaigner, Nicky Clark, said on Twitter: “God this is exhausting. Is there NOTHING disabled people aren’t blamed for?”

David Gillon, one of the most prominent critics of the government’s much-criticised Disability Confident employment scheme, said on Twitter: “When @PhilipHammondUK claimed disabled people lower #UK productivity, he was making same claim used to force me out of my aerospace engineering career. With same absence of evidence.

“Yet #disabilityconfident insists workplace #disability #discrimination doesn’t happen.”

Anita Bellows, a researcher with Disabled People Against Cuts, added: “I am wondering how many businesses are going to sign up to the #DisabilityConfident campaign today.”

Philippa Barraclough was another to criticise the comments on  Twitter, saying: “This is one of the most disgusting things I have ever heard!

“As someone who is living with #learningdifficulties & who is #partiallysighted I find this disgusting. I am in employment… [would]quitting my #job be better for the #economy?”


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News and Current Affairs / Re: Vilification of disabled workers by the government
« Last post by SteveX on December 09, 2017, 08:12:44 PM »
It certainly seems to me to be calculated to generate hostility rather than being simply an appalling and pathetic 'excuse' for the poor state of the economy.
I agree, hate mongering it is.    as if we don't have it bad enough already.
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News and Current Affairs / Re: Vilification of disabled workers by the government
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on December 09, 2017, 05:44:06 PM »
It certainly seems to me to be calculated to generate hostility rather than being simply an appalling and pathetic 'excuse' for the poor state of the economy.
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News and Current Affairs / Re: Vilification of disabled workers by the government
« Last post by auntieCtheM on December 09, 2017, 05:28:18 PM »
That is a very mean thing to say.  So a man without legs is not such a productive telephonist as an able-bodied woman who is also a telephonist for the same firm??
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News and Current Affairs / Vilification of disabled workers by the government
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on December 09, 2017, 05:20:18 PM »
In case anyone missed it, Philip Hammond recently told the Treasury Select Committee:  “It is almost certainly the case that by increasing participation in the workforce, including far higher levels of participation by marginal groups and very high levels of engagement in the workforce, for example of disabled people – something we should be extremely proud of – may have had an impact on overall productivity measurements.”

So on the one hand, the government makes a big issue of its being absolutely essential that no one is ever better off out of work (pretty much guaranteeing it that many will take that as meaning not that the same person should be better off in work than out, but that nobody out of work should ever get more than people on minimum wage with such minimal benefits as they're entitled to even if their needs are less);  and on the other hand, it's telling people that disabled people in work are at least in part responsible for the state of the economy.

I struggle not to cry over this sort of vilification.  I no longer believe that it is accidental.  I simply hope that the government will keep it at this level of unpleasantness not worse, and that I'm simply overly depressive.
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Talk / Re: Just in cases anyone gets messed about claiming Universal Credit
« Last post by Monic1511 on December 08, 2017, 08:56:16 PM »
Thanks

Better still - is you have a choice DO NOT claim UC especially if you get any disability premiums
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Welfare Rights / Re: Radiculopathy
« Last post by Monic1511 on December 08, 2017, 08:53:51 PM »
Hi Bub
I'm glad you have a supportive GP and the reason the DWP does not contact Gp's is because when they do they have to pay the GP for the report.  the fee for the gp is £35/patient.  at that price I wish some of them would actually look at the descriptors before they write "does not have care needs or no communication problems"  - that was the notes on my dads form - he has had perforated eardrums for 30 years, has very limited hearing and lip reads. has sleep apnoea and falls asleep every time he sits down, even mid meal.

anyway enough of my moaning
 >lol<
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