Disabled air passengers have been left with no protection from in-flight discrimination across Europe, thanks to a ruling from the UK’s Supreme Court. The court ruled that international rules on air travel – the Montreal Convention – take precedence during flights over UK and European Union regulations on accessibility and discrimination. The ruling means
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The government’s failure to monitor the implementation of “visionary” laws designed to protect disabled adults who lack capacity to make decisions for themselves is “indefensible”, according to a report by a House of Lords committee. The report by the scrutiny committee, which examines how the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) has been working in
People who stammer are almost certain to face discrimination in the workplace and the jobs market, new research suggests. The study by Dr Clare Butler, of Newcastle University Business School, found that every one of the 36 men who were interviewed experienced “routine discrimination” at the hands of employers. Some of the men had
An alleged attack on a disabled man by two police officers may have been a disability hate crime, the local police and crime commissioner has told Disability News Service (DNS). Faruk Ali, who has autism and learning difficulties, was allegedly assaulted as he stood outside the family home in Luton early on 20 February.
A police force has refused to suspend two officers who have been accused of assaulting a disabled man and chasing him into his family home. Relatives of Faruk Ali say that he was attacked as he helped to return bins to the front of his own and his neighbours’ homes, as he did every
The rights of disabled people in the UK have slid sharply backwards over the last year, according to new international research backed by the government. The Zero Project Report 2014 details the progress made by 130 countries towards implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Last year, the Conservative minister
Members of the disability movement believe they still have time to produce a solid, well-researched report on how the UK is implementing the UN disability convention, despite a looming deadline. Funding and technical problems, and the near-collapse of the UK Disabled People’s Council (UKDPC), have delayed efforts to produce a single “shadow” report on
The Sochi Paralympics will be “transformational” for Russia’s attitudes towards disabled people, according to the British president of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Sir Philip Craven was speaking as he arrived in Sochi ahead of the start of the games tomorrow (Friday 6 March). He compared Russia today with the situation in 1980 when
A new campaign aims to position England as a leading destination for disabled tourists. VisitEngland, the national tourist board, hopes that its Access for All marketing campaign will both champion and improve accessible tourism across the country. It has published guides highlighting accessible attractions and accommodation across four destinations: Bath, Brighton, Leicestershire and Newcastle-Gateshead.
A disabled teenager who drowned in a bath while in the care of an NHS trust was a victim of “institutional disablism”, say campaigners. Connor Sparrowhawk, who had probably had an epileptic seizure, was on a unit that had at least four members of staff on duty for just five patients. But the trust