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Protests against Atos reports

Atos is a health-care company that provides medical assessments which are used to determine whether a person is capable to work. The results that are gathered from assessments are used to create a report which is sent to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). This report is considered in deciding whether a person is entitled to disability benefits.

A recent government review has concluded that Atos reports are ‘of unacceptably poor quality’. This follows concerns surrounding the unfair measures used within Atos tests which can discriminate against people who have health issues that have varying effects on their ability to work.

Re-training of Atos healthcare professionals has been outlined as a way to enhance the quality of reports. Employment minister Mark Hoban states that assessments that record capability to work strive to be ‘fair and accurate’. However, this may be of little consolation to disabled people who have been subject to unfair perceptions regarding their ability to work. This point is of further impact when considering that Atos reports have been difficult to appeal.

The government needs to listen and act upon the voice of disabled people. By making a decision that influences the lives of disabled people, without consulting disabled people, the government is acting in a way that is destructive to a fair and inclusive society.

Source: The Guardian (online). Wintour, P. (2013) ‘Disabled benefits claimants test: Atos reports found ‘unacceptably poor’.

Considerable lack of healthcare choices

If you are experiencing issues related to mental health, you may feel that there is a lack of support, openness and healthcare choices available. Daisy UK advocates the empowerment of individuals and actively embraces the role of community in people’s lives. Daisy UK is a point of contact that supports disabled people in their own personal development and offers counselling services, alongside a choice of activities, employment training and disability related support and training.

This pro-choice ethos is designed to support people in making their own decisions. However, a lack of choice has been outlined for people who access healthcare services when seeking assistance for mental health issues. Criticism has been pointed towards the use of medication as a singular response to mental health issues, such as, depression.

It is recognised that there may be a valid place for the use of medication to address aspects of mental health issues, however a greater focus needs to be placed upon community support and starting conversations about issues such as anxiety and depression.

Source:

The Guardian Online. Gordon, P. (2011) ‘Surely the answer to anxiety can be better than antidepressants?’.

 

Excitement builds as the Deaflympic Games takes force!

An opening ceremony last Friday witnessed the start of the 22nd Deaflympics, taking place in Bulgaria. With more than 4, 600 athletes participating and 18 events scheduled, the Games are sure to be a powerful and influential event that is filled with energy. The first Deaflympic Games took place in 1924, since then all involved have enjoyed a fruitful success.

A common question that surrounds this event asks why a different Games exists for Deaf people. An answer that has been given by many Deaf people centres on communication. For instance, issues may arise if another athlete cannot communicate using sign language.

Considering the above point, the need to embrace and promote diversity within all Games can be discussed. Daisy UK would like to know your opinion on the Deaflympics – do you believe that there should be just one Olympics that is inclusive of all athletes and is designed so that communication for everyone is supported? Or, do you think that it is positive to have different versions of the Olympics that reflect the rich cultures and successes of athletes? Contribute your opinion to the debate!

Good luck to all that are participating in the Deaflymics!

Source: Rose, D. 31st July 2013. BBC News, Ouch (Online) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-ouch-23506640

 

What’s in a name?

When thinking about disability, impairment and society, we might use language as a way of articulating our thoughts and communicating opinions to others. Recognising this, we can understand how important language is – the history behind words and terms that people commonly use, how certain words may shape our understanding of the world and the reasoning behind our language choices. People may avoid discussing disability and impairment as they are unsure of the ‘correct’ terminology to use.

Establishing how different people choose to define themselves is important when using language to build a more inclusive and empowering society. Daisy UK advocates an open, honest and transparent approach to language and terminology. Daisy conducts disability related training that encourages discussion and raises awareness of issues that directly affect the lives of disabled people. Language is a central feature of this – information on how language can shape societal perceptions of disabled people is outlined and debated.

Some people have drawn attention to the problem of ‘jargonising’ language – a process which can segregate disabled people. For instance a disabled person who visits their local library or leisure centre may be noted as ‘accessing the community’. This may be perceived as ‘jargonising’ everyday behaviour, a practice which many argue patronises disabled people.

We would like to know your opinion on language and the terminology you feel is most appropriate?

Source: BBC, Ouch (online) Neary, M. (24 July 2013).

 please note: any opinions or comments expressed in these articles does not represent, those of Daisy Inclusive UK


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