Independent Living
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Anger over government’s ‘pathetic’ election access report

The government’s response to a consultation on how to make voting more accessible to disabled people has sparked anger among disabled campaigners, after it failed to offer a single new measure to improve access. One disabled campaigner branded the government’s report “pathetic” while another said the failure to act had made him “really angry”. The
Benefits and Poverty
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Arts, Culture and Sport
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Exhibition of photographs aims to show ‘story arc of Deaf community’

A new exhibition of pictures by two Deaf photographers will highlight the achievements of a dozen Deaf people, and the barriers they face, and help to tell “the story arc of the Deaf community”. Among the 12 subjects to be featured are the award-winning actor and writer Jean St Clair (pictured), who has performed in
Crime
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MPs win praise for online abuse proposals

MPs have won praise after calling on the government to ensure disabled people finally secure equality in the protection they are offered by hate crime laws. Members of the Commons petitions committee said in a new report that it was not right that it was a crime to incite hatred on the grounds of religion
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Minister condemned for ‘woeful’ response to residential special school review

Inclusive education campaigners have condemned the government’s “woeful” response to a review of the experiences of disabled children and young people in residential special schools. The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) said the government had again failed to take action that would “turn the tide against increased segregated education” and improve inclusive education in mainstream
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Minister condemned for ‘woeful’ response to residential special school review

Inclusive education campaigners have condemned the government’s “woeful” response to a review of the experiences of disabled children and young people in residential special schools. The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) said the government had again failed to take action that would “turn the tide against increased segregated education” and improve inclusive education in mainstream
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Train companies could face court over inaccessible rail replacement buses

Train companies are facing possible legal action over their failure to ensure that replacement bus services are accessible to wheelchair-users and other rail passengers with mobility impairments. A leading disabled campaigner believes that access and equality laws mean most rail replacement buses – used when companies scrap train services because of engineering works or other