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Posts tagged "Disability"
Deaf in the time of Covid

Deaf in the time of Covid

Deaf people are not, by nature of their hearing impairment, at any increased risk from Covid-19 than the general population.  However, the strategy developed and implemented by the government to control the spread of the virus disproportionately disadvantages D/deaf people.... More…
Disposable humans?

Disposable humans?

A response to the recent social commentary on the perceived value of individuals with ‘underlying health conditions’ The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the fabric of society and has left many wondering about the social, political and economic structures that will... More…
“There's none so deaf as those who will not hear”.

“There’s none so deaf as those who will not hear”.

A report released this week by the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) shows that deaf children are falling even further behind their hearing peers in school than previously thought.  Figures show that 30.6% of deaf children achieve a grade 5 or... More…
Working from the Margins

Working from the Margins

How UK trade unions can meet the needs of the contemporary labour force In a very poor attempt to offer up some ‘good’ news, Conservative party supporters continue to make much of the increased UK employment rate. Something that, on the... More…
The ADHD chronicles: Squeezing through the bars of the iron cage

The ADHD chronicles: Squeezing through the bars of the iron cage

My first two attempts to get evaluated for ADHD only resulted in promises that the psychologist would call me back. This never happened, and the only official indication that I was ever in contact with him/her was the invoices I... More…
Zygmunt Bauman: On the Quest for Health

Zygmunt Bauman: On the Quest for Health

Zygmunt Bauman, who sadly passed away at the age of 91 in January, was one of the most influential sociologists of his generation. Bauman was Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds from 1972 until his retirement in 1990.... More…
Same old story: between disability and disinterest

Same old story: between disability and disinterest

This week the UN Committee on the Rights of Disabled Persons (CRPD) published the results of an investigation that found that UK reforms to welfare have led to “grave and systematic violations” of disability rights. In the same week a... More…
Where has all the kindness gone?

Where has all the kindness gone?

In October 2015 I wrote about the implications of the election of Jeremy Corbyn as the Labour leader standing on the pledge of a new “kinder politics and a more caring society”.  I talked about the glimmer of hope offered... More…
WRAGs to ‘riches’: Closing the disability employment gap

WRAGs to ‘riches’: Closing the disability employment gap

Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) recently resigned from his position as the Work and Pensions Secretary having seemingly suffered a delayed bout of morality. In his resignation letter he explained that he felt the cuts proposed in #Budget2016 were ‘a compromise... More…
Scary clones and space-ready humans - the genome debate hots up

Scary clones and space-ready humans – the genome debate hots up

Hopes and fears around new developments in genome editing have sparked a fresh round of arguments about the ethics of eugenics. Until recently, a great deal of ethical thinking about genomics focused on what would happen if scientists ever worked... More…
Measuring Ideology

Measuring Ideology

The Work Capability Assessment (WCA), introduced in 2007 by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) under the last Labour government, is likely to form a key component in the current Conservative government’s commitment to reducing the UK welfare bill... More…
Whose quality of life?

Whose quality of life?

I was 10 years old when I made a return visit to the neonatal intensive care unit where I was treated after my premature birth. I stared at the tiny occupants in the incubators, seemingly unaware of their sterile, plastic,... More…