Department for Work and Pensions statistics indicate there are over 10 million disabled people in Britain, including those with limiting long-standing illness. The 2001 Census determines 125,104 people in Lincolnshire or 19.3% - identifying themselves as having a limiting long term illness, with 27,719 describing themselves as permanently sick or disabled. 43.8% of people with a limiting long-term illness are of working age in the county.

The Disability Discrimination Act expanded its provision and definition in 2005 to include a wider range of illnesses and diseases at the point of diagnosis. There are in excess of 50 organisations in Lincolnshire working as or for disabled people, and improvements to our services need to be evaluated and assessed by these groups, as well as trade unions and other interested parties. JUST Lincolnshire is committed to ensuring services, policies and employment practices positively address the needs of disabled people, and in doing so, value the contribution disabled people make to our workplaces and communities.

Better Links for carers with GPs Project Launches

After months of dedicated planning by a team of unpaid carers, the Better Links with GPs project is launching in July across Lincolnshire. The project aims to support GP practices by providing information and services for unpaid carers within their practice. There are currently around 66,000 people in Lincolnshire who spend a proportion of their life providing unpaid support to family members, a partner, a relative or a friend. “Our GP is the 1st person we contact when we need clinical expertise. They support both the patient and the carer, medically. The project provides an invaluable service that the GP can refer the Carer to, covering practical and emotional issues, respecting and valuing them in their caring role. Many carry on in isolation never knowing that support is available which makes this a project so needed by all!” Says Pauline Mountain a former carer in Lincolnshire. This project has been led by carers for carers. ‘Franks Model’ named after one pioneering volunteer, is the benchmark for practices to support carers and includes simple steps GPs surgeries can take. These include having a carers’ notice board, having a carers register, handing out carers’ information packs and recognising who is a carer within their practice. The project will go further than awareness raising of carers though to give GPs a new pathway to refer into carers support. Carers will be offered a carers assessment, the emergency response plan, specialist benefits advice, emotional support, access to employment, learning and leisure activities and much more. Carers who receive support in their caring role are much less likely to experience carer breakdown and continue to support their loved one without causing their own health to deteriorate The Carer is supported through the carers assessment to identify any additional services they would like, this could include where to find out more about the condition, how to access emotional and practical support and may include referrals being made on their behalf for the cared for, taking away many of the stresses associated with caring. If you or someone you know would like to know more about the support available for carers in Lincolnshire, please contact 01522 812830 or e-mail. Aimee Holland 07787 240079;[email protected] Jan The Government has launched a consultation on draft guidance on matters to be taken into account in determining whether or not an employee is disabled under the Equality Act 2010.

Government issues draft guidance on definition of disability in Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010, which is replacing the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA), provides protection from discrimination on the basis of a range of protected characteristics. Disability is one of the protected characteristics and, like the DDA, the Equality Act 2010 includes a definition of disability. In general, the definition of disability in the Equality Act 2010 is similar to the one that applies for the purposes of the DDA. However, unlike the DDA, the Equality Act 2010 does not require a disabled person to demonstrate that, where the impairment adversely affects his or her ability to carry out a normal day-to-day activity, that activity involves one of a specified list of capacities, such as mobility, speech, or the ability to understand. Where possible, the draft guidance follows a similar structure to the current

guidance on matters to be taken into account in determining questions relating to the definition of disability (PDF format, 125K) (on the Equality and Human Rights Commission website). The main provisions relating to disability in the Equality Act 2010 are expected to come into force on 1 October 2010. e Coleman 07787 240102 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities

The EHRC has published an important document in relation additional rights for People with Disabilites which goes beyond DDA and has additional rights to the DDA and the Single Equality Act. The UK government has signed up to it. It can be used to challenge authorities on numerous issues disabled people face. Unfortunately It is quite a lengthy document (I will endeavour to do a cheat sheet) in the mean time the Easy Read version may make it more presentable for most (also attached). The UK government has signed up to it. It can be used to challenge authorities on numerous issues disabled people face. Unfortunately It is quite a lengthy document (I will endeavour to do a cheat sheet) in the mean time the Easy Read version may make it more presentable for most (also attached). To view document in full visit Equality & Human Rights Website

Disability Etiquette

Useful document giving the do’s and don’ts of what to say (and what not to say) when communicating with someone who is disabled or when discussing disability in general. See Download section.

Fix the Web

Fix the Web - Addressing web accessibility for disabled people Poor standards of web accessibility mean many disabled people are excluded from using big parts of the internet. The solution offered by ‘FIX THE WEB’ is to make it super easy for disabled and older people to report problems with websites. Volunteers do the work of contacting the website owners and signposting them to support. In doing this work, volunteers will understand more about e-accessibility for themselves, as well as giving crucial information to website owners. Everybody wins!

To learn more and help improve accessibility visit Fix the Web.

Tourism for all - Accessible holidays for the disabled

Please see an interesting article in the downloads section below


Name Website
Nimbus (Disability Consultancy Service) Visit Website
Your Able Visit Website
United Response Visit Website
Office for Disability Matters Visit Website
National Association of Disability Practitioners Visit Website
Disability Living Federation Visit Website
Disability Now Visit Website
Disabilities Trust Visit Website
Disability Action Visit Website
Disability, Pregnancy and Parenthood International Visit Website
Disabled Parents Network Visit Website
Making Contact (website to bring families of disabled together) Visit Website
Association for Real Change Visit Website
PHAB Visit Website
The Sequel Trust Visit Website
Shaw Trust Visit Website
Royal National Institute for the Blind Visit Website
Blind Business Association Visit Website
British Computer Association of the Blind Visit Website
Action for Blind People Visit Website
Royal Association for Deaf People Visit Website
Royal National Institute for the Deaf Visit Website
British Deaf Association Visit Website
Young Minds Visit Website
Rethink Visit Website
MENCAP Visit Website
Foundation for Learning Disabilities Visit Website
Headway Visit Website
Alzheimers Society Visit Website
Parkinson's UK Visit Website
Arthritis Care Visit Website
National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society Visit Website
National Autistic Society Visit Website
Muscular-Dystrophy Campaign Visit Website
SCOPE Visit Website
Multiple Sclerosis Society Visit Website
Motor Neurone Disease Association Visit Website
Disability Sport England Visit Website
Vision Sense (Equality solutions for businesses) Visit Website
Radar (Disability Network website) Visit Website
Leonard Cheshire Disability Visit Website
Epilepsy Society Visit Website
Changing Places (Campaign for Disabled 'Super Loo's') Visit Website
Terrence Higgins Trust (HIV Counselling Service) Visit Website
Neurological Alliance UK (Neural) Visit Website
National Centre for Independent Living Visit Website
Soldiers, Saliors, Airman & Families Association (SAAFA) Visit Website
UK Vision Strategy Visit Website
Royal College for the Blind Visit Website
Ability Magazine Visit Website
Hearing Direct Visit Website
Time to Change - End Mental Health Discrimination Visit Website
IT Can Help - free computer related assistance for disabled people Visit Website
National Forum for People with Learning Disabilities Visit Website
The travel accessibility resource Visit Website
Autism Resources for Families Visit Website
Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents Visit Website
CDC Autism Links and Resources Visit Website
Estate Planning for Parents of Children with Autism Visit Website
Accessible Travel: Wheelchair Guide Visit Website
Accessible Travel: Resources for the Disabled Explorer Visit Website
Adaptive Skiing Resort Guide Visit Website