Archive | April, 2014

Beyond Barriers – Give disabled people a fair deal in the workplace!

29 Apr

Annabel
 

Hey gang, did you know people have been campaigning about ESA?

 
 
 
Malak
 

What’s ESA?

 
 
 
 
Kick Ass Maracas

ESA stands for Employment and Support Allowance. It’s a type of benefit for people who find it harder to get a job because they have a disability or a problem with their health that they might have for a long time.

 
Annabel

It used to be two separate benefits called Incapacity Benefit and Income Support, but now they are both part of ESA.

 
 
Ace
 

What is the campaign about?

 
 
 
 
Annabel

The Spartacus Network are a group of people with disabilities who are campaigning about disability benefit. They have made a report called ‘Beyond Barriers’.

Malak
 
 

What does the report say?

 
 
 
 
Annabel

It says that people have a lack of support. Did you know only 5% of people on the work programme have actually found work?

 
 
Ace

They have been accused of picking the best people for jobs and other people, including people with disabilities, are being left behind and forgotten about with little or no contact.

 
 
Kick Ass Maracas
 

Another problem is that non-disabled work places are not too friendly for people with long term health conditions.

 
 
 
Annabel

And disabled people with similar abilities and qualifications to non-disabled people are less likely to be in work. They are also paid less and more likely to live in poverty. They also face a lot of discrimination when looking for work!

 
Ace

I’ve had experience of that, people talk down to me, they think disabled people don’t matter, they think that they should have all the power.

 
 
Kick Ass Maracas

I used to work in a workshop. My manager complained about my work a lot and I only got paid 50p for all of my hard work!

 
 
Malak

Did you know that in the 21st Century it is possible to do a lot more? Like flexible working and giving people more support to do their job.

 
 
Annabel
 

Information needs to be accessible and all in one place.

 
 
 
Ace
 

We also need that accessible information in all workplaces.

 
 
 
Kick Ass Maracas
 

We need more places like CHANGE whose business is to ensure people with learning disabilities are co-working together!

 
A-team members
 

How can WE get involved in the campaign?

 
 
 
Annabel

You can go on Twitter or Facebook and join in the campaign using #BeyondBarriers and call for a better deal for people with disabilities!

 
 

Inclusion? Here’s how!

7 Apr

We're going to an NHS Citizen Design Workshop!

Malak

 

Hey gang, there’s an event I’m going to be involved in next week. It’s the NHS Citizen Design Workshop.

 

 

Ace Man

 

What’s that about?

 

 
 
 

Malak

The NHS are changing how they do things and how they plan new ways of working. They want ordinary people to be involved and have a voice about how to do this.

 
 

Kick Ass Maracas

How can they give people a voice and include everyone? Usually we’re not included and decisions are made about us or for us without asking us.

 
 

Ace

Yes usually everything is in jargon and we can’t understand what’s going on in meetings and at conferences. Yeah and things are always too long and so boring! I hate meetings and conferences.

 
 

Annabel

Yes and quite often there aren’t many people with learning disabilities at these events because it’s very hard to join in. Sometimes the venues aren’t very wheelchair friendly either.

 

Malak

Well I’m going along to try to help them try and understand how to make it more inclusive. What do you all think would make it easier for you to be involved?

 
 

Annabel

Well they need to think about how they give information to people. Lots more people could be involved if they made their information easy-read and with pictures to support the words. It would help to have information in easy-read before the event so we know what it’s about and what will happen.

 

KA Maracas

They definitely need to stop using jargon! It would be great to go to a conference where the presentations were done as key points and made clear and simple.

 
 

Ace Man

It would help if people were asked to speak more slowly as well. It would be less boring if there were more breaks so you had time to understand the information.

 
 

Annabel

If they want people to be included and have a voice then they need to think in a person centred way and that means being flexible to people’s needs.

 

A-team members

 
 

We have a lot to offer because our experience comes from the heart and it’s time we were included and had a voice!

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