Reg Ch. No. SC031619
Company No. 243492
IS…………….. Nothing about disabled people
Without disabled people
Edition 26, August 2006
Inclusion Scotland news
Disabled people to have direct voice in central government
A new body, „Equality 2025 – the UK Advisory Network
on Disability Equality‟, is being created to enable
disabled people to have a direct voice in Central
Jim Elder-Woodward (pictured), Inclusion Scotland
director, and member of the Advisory Group, has been
working with Westminster on how to find a way to
engage with, and listen more directly to, the views and experiences of all disabled
people throughout the UK.
As a “Network”, rather than a “committee”, Equality 2025 has been designed to
involve as many local disabled people and their organisations as possible.
Mr Elder-Woodward said, “For so long, so many politicians and professionals
have developed policies and services based on „their perception‟ of the needs of
“Much of this has led to a society, which has excluded and disempowered us,
rather than one, which has included and empowered us, as full and equal citizens.
Now is the time for disabled people to tell them where they‟ve gone wrong; and
more importantly how to get things right. I would urge disabled people,
throughout Scotland, and particularly those able to relate back to a wider
constituency of disabled people, to apply to be a member of this central group at
the heart of the Network, for it is important that the Network is accountable to, and
represents the views of, as many disabled people as possible throughout the
The network will have 20 - 25 disabled people at its core who will make sure that
the Westminster government talks with disabled people throughout the country
who are currently without a political voice; many of whom may be additionally
marginalised through ethnicity and/or sexual orientation, as well as other factors.
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Equality 2025 aims to:
work with Government in Westminster to help it achieve the aim of equality for
disabled people by 2025.
provide advice and information from disabled people based upon the values
underpinning the work of the Network and the views and experiences of
advise Westminster government departments on how they can engage
effectively and meaningfully with disabled people.
assist Westminster government in raising awareness of disabled people and
their rights, improving attitudes towards them and challenging negative
stereotypes in the media and the wider community.
help ensure that public bodies are meeting their legal duties under the DDA in
relation to the Disability Equality Duty.
advise the Government in Westminster on the implementation and
maintenance of international treaties and conventions within the UK.
Equality 2025 will also have a relationship with the devolved administration, and to
help this, there will be reserved places for members from Northern Ireland,
Scotland and Wales on this UK wide body. It will also have arrangements to
enable disabled children and young people to participate in the Network.
Advertisements have appeared in the national press recently for members for this
new Network. People who are interested in applying can contact Capita
Resources, who are dealing with the recruitment, on 0870 609 4218, Text phone
0870 609 4219, or email email@example.com
Sally Witcher appointed for disability equality
Minister for Disabled People Anne McGuire has announced that Sally Witcher,
currently Chair of the Disability Employment Advisory Committee (DEAC), has
been appointed as an Assistant Director of the Government‟s Office for Disability
Speaking at a meeting of the All Party Group on Disability, Anne McGuire said, “I
am delighted that Sally Witcher has accepted this post within the Office for
Disability Issues. We need to tap into knowledge and expertise from outside
Government if we are to be successful in delivering equality for disabled people.”
Sally, who has been very much involved in helping the Scottish Executive‟s
Disability Working Group compile their report to the Scottish parliament, takes up
her new post in October. She said, “The Office for Disability Issues has a vitally
important role to play in placing disabled people‟s views at the heart of public
policy and supporting Government to deliver disability equality. I am thrilled to
have the opportunity to be involved in taking this forward.”
Dame Jane heads honours list
Veteran disability rights campaigner Jane Campbell (pictured)
has spoken of her delight at being made a Dame in the
Queen's birthday honours.
The DRC (Disability Rights Commission) commissioner, who
resigned as chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) last year to
campaign against moves to legalise assisted dying, was honoured for services to
social care and disabled people.
As former director of the National Centre for Independent Living, she played a
prominent role in securing direct payments for disabled people. She said she was
delighted that disability rights and social care had been recognised but the honour
reflected a collective passion shared with many friends and colleagues.
She said, "Nobody achieves this level of honour alone, so I hope others can feel
they have a share in the recognition. I am hoping it will open a few more doors
and of course get me the window seat in restaurants!”
For the rest of the nominees visit the website:
Doctors vote against assisted dying
Doctors have overturned their policy of neutrality on assisted
dying, voting by 65% to 35% against helping those who are
terminally ill to end their life. Feelings at the British Medical
Association's annual meeting held in Belfast in June ran high.
John Fitton, a GP from Kettering, Northamptonshire, said it was "inhumane and
disgraceful" that people had to travel abroad to end their lives. Despite the
"blanket cliche" of good palliative care, "people still die in undignified misery", he
said. Lady Finlay warned that vulnerable people could be coerced or feel
themselves an emotional or financial burden.
Intro to Counselling for Deaf People [BSL users]
The Introduction to Counselling for Deaf People [BSL users]
course is suitable for Deaf BSL users who have not studied counselling before
and who are interested in finding out more about counselling and would like to
work with other Deaf people to learn counselling skills. The course is set to run
for 12 weeks, for 3 hours per week [12.45 - 4.00 pm] starting on Wednesday
29th November 2006 [to be confirmed] at Motherwell College*. For more
information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org *It is important to note that the
course will only run if enough people apply.
Gorbals Initiative is Wound Up
A ground breaking scheme, which has seen workers knocking
on the doors of long-term unemployed people in the Gorbals
area of Glasgow is to be disbanded after helping 450 people to
Reed in Partnership, the biggest non-governmental provider of
welfare-to-work programmes, has confounded sceptics with its
success in Glasgow‟s unemployment blackspots. Throughout its five projects in
Glasgow last year, it helped 1,885 people into employment.
The two-year Gorbals project, the Working Neighbourhood Pilot (WNP) is to wind
down in October, but its management insists it will have a lasting legacy. Trisha
McAffrey, WNP operations manager, said, “The area was chosen for its high
number of Incapacity Benefit (IB) claimants – approximately 1,250 people. We
engaged with at least 60% of them and signed up just under 50% on to the
programme, as well as engaging a further 600 on Jobseekers Allowance.
“It has been a case of re-engaging people in their community projects and
ventures with local partners. An occupational psychologist dealt with referrals
from the local health centre, while the team worked with a nursery to create 28
childcare places for lone parents joining its schemes.”
The group also helped refurbish a derelict building as space for training, a
recycled goods shop and a local bin service for goods to be recycled. It has also
negotiated home-learning places for participants with the Glasgow College of
Nautical Studies. Other projects include Home, a furniture design and restoration
business with Fab Pads, a workshop based DIY training scheme, both run in
partnership with Impact Arts.
Proclaiming the success of the programme, which involved an election-style door-
knocking campaign, McAffrey said, “We have an exit strategy, but we won‟t be
leaving altogether. We will maintain a presence in the area and will continue to
signpost people to the project and infrastructure we have put in place.
“Having engaged with more than 1,000 people in the community, we believe we
will continue to see many of those people move into work. As a result of the WNP
more people know an awful lot more about what‟s available to them in their local
area and are using it.” Herald Society supplement, June 2006
The DRC has produced a discussion paper to promote
understanding of independent living issues. It highlights
two priorities: ensuring no one is obliged to live in an institution or in a particular
living arrangement against their will; and securing rights & entitlements which
facilitate independent living across the life course. The discussion paper is
available from the DRC Helpline 08457 622 633
Art & Leisure
Red Shift to caption first-ever shows at
Red Shift, one of Britain‟s most distinguished touring
companies, is offering the first-ever STAGETEXT captioned performances at the
Edinburgh Fringe in August.
Get Carter, Ted Lewis‟ cult British gangster novel which runs from 3 - 28 August
at Pleasance Beyond, will be captioned on 12, 19 and 26 August, giving deaf,
deafened and hard of hearing people access to the production.
Get Carter is a roller-coaster ride of loud, bruising theatre
which pulls us into the seedy twilight of British gangland
culture, a landscape of gaudy casinos and cheap hotels
flourishing on corruption, bribery and sexual abuse.
„Superb in-yer-face … pulsating soundtrack .. cool as
heck‟ - The Guardian
„Hard edged relentless … shocking … graphic as a streak of blood on a
breezeblock wall‟ - The Scotsman
Nine million people in the UK – one in seven people – have some degree of
hearing loss. Captions, which are similar to television subtitles, give deaf,
deafened and hard of hearing people access to live performance. The actors‟
words appear on a display unit on or near the stage at the same time as they are
spoken or sung. Speaker names, sound effects and offstage noises are also
STAGETEXT, the charity which pioneered theatre captioning in the UK six years
ago, has received a two-year grant from the Scottish Arts Council and the ADAPT
Trust to set up the captioning service in Scotland.
Currently, eight theatres share captioning equipment, which is transported from
venue to venue, and local captioners have been trained. Recent captioned shows
include Anything Goes, Romeo and Juliet, Miss Saigon and My Fair Lady, with
many more lined up for 2006.
Booking details - STAGETEXT captioned performances: Saturday 12 August,
Saturday 19 August and Saturday 26 August at 6.25pm. Pleasance Box
Office: 0131 556 6550 (9am-11pm, £1.50 fee per transaction)
www.pleasance.co.uk and www.edfringe.com (online bookings incur a £1 fee per
Please note: The caption unit will be situated to the left of the auditorium. As the
seating is unreserved, we advise you to arrive at the theatre in good time in order
get a suitable seat for viewing the captions.
Design for all?
Felicity Ford, 26, is working on her masters degree in sonic art and
composition. This is her story from the Society Guardian…..
I once ordered some footwear from a UK company and when I
opened the parcel, I burst into tears and sent them back. I‟ve had
arthritis since I was 19 and I need wide, flat shoes but these looked like something
from a care home.
Products like these are a result of assumptions about disabled women; that we
are not sexy and stylish like non-disabled women and we are happy to use grey,
NHS equipment. I thought there had to be a way to have glamorous, well-
designed footwear that didn‟t look like slippers.
Before I started my masters, I was already toying with the idea of a chic, disability-
related store for women called Missability Ltd. I was frustrated at the inaccessible
design of most boutiques and the way disability stores reminded me of hospitals.
I wanted things that were better designed and sold in an environment I would like
to go to.
I did my BA in fine art and then saw this maters course at Oxford Brookes
[University] which would give me the flexibility I wanted. It‟s one of four
programmes taught under the „interdisciplinary arts‟ umbrella. In our first module
last year, we were encouraged to think about how to solve problems in life and
how to make art relating to our own experience. I began to see a chic disability
store as a very bold artistic statement about my experiences as a disabled
This term, we are developing an idea and I decided to make a model of my
boutique concept by converting my childhood doll‟s house. As well as a boutique,
the model includes a workshop, a gallery for VIPs – Visually Impaired People – a
product development room and an office.
I‟m now using sound and composition to make my ideas accessible to people with
low or no sight by working out radical ways of integrating sound, print, audio,
unfussy fonts and sign language into my work.
I was recently chosen for the National Council of Graduate Entrepreneurship‟s
Flying Start, a three day course covering issues like business plans. But this is a
cultural project as well as a business one.
In my art course, I get to think up an idea, consider the social and cultural
meaning of what I‟m doing, and create test versions. When I presented my idea
at university everyone reflected the confusion I felt: is it just an amazing idea or
could it be an actual business plan?
It is also about making a job for myself. I‟m trying to turn my arthritis into an asset.
I‟m surviving on benefits and I can‟t live like this the rest of my life. Missability is
about employment and making my life the life I want it to be.
Life’s sweet for new social enterprise
Alloa‟s Candies Cuisine provides disabled people
with a real sense of value claims the Communities
Scotland newsletter. The social enterprise company,
which offers employment opportunities to disabled
people, is going from strength to strength.
The Alloa-based catering firm began life in 2003 with six volunteers. It provided
local people with learning or physical difficulties the opportunity to take part in
unpaid work experience. But, as Candies‟ Val Luke explains, they wanted to be
able to offer people more, “We wanted to be able to provide the people who were
coming to work every day with paid employment. Working gives people a real
sense of value and to be paid for the work you do really adds to the feeling of
Shortly after officially establishing itself as a social enterprise, Candies Cuisine
was last year offered the contract to run the in-house canteen at Falcon
Foodservice Equipment, a Stirling-based kitchen equipment manufacturer.
Candies now provide the company‟s 300 employees with a cooked breakfast and
two-course lunch every day. Val says that the staff at Candies are keen to
succeed, “The employees all go on basic food hygiene courses and some are
currently working towards their SVQ. The people who work for Candies have
trained hard to obtain these qualifications and deserve to be paid for the work that
they do. In some cases working at Candies has helped staff members back into
Never ones to rest on their laurels, Candies is expanding further. The company
recently received a grant of £24,000 from the Futurebuilders Scotland programme
to employ further members of staff. Val says, “The people who are working for us
are in a real workplace environment. They have established real relationships
and are seen as valued employees. This has helped them to gain in confidence
which has spilled over into other parts of their life. They have been able to make
friends at the same time as learning new skills.” From Action newsletter, no. 23, July 06
Wheelchair provision must improve
Improvements are needed immediately to NHS wheelchair services
following a Scottish Executive report, which has made 40 recommendations for
The consultation, carried out by NHS Quality Improvement Scotland, received the
biggest response of any survey in recent years. „The message from users, carers
and service staff is clear, action is needed now,‟ the report adds. Key changes
recommended include determining the needs of service users without allowing
cost to dictate the service, and an increase of £8.4m in funding.
Dates for your diary
The next meeting of the Scottish Accessible
Transport Alliance (SATA) is also their
Annual General Meeting (AGM). It will be
held in the Glasgow Centre for Inclusive
Living, 115 - 117 Brook Street on 14
September from 1.15pm to 3.45pm. A
notice is on their website www.scottshaccessibletransport.net along with the
minutes of the last meeting.
„Off to a Good Start? Inclusion in the early years‟, is a
conference being held on Tuesday, 19 September 2006 at
the Inchyra Grange Hotel, Falkirk from 9.30am to 4.00pm.
This one-day conference, organised by the Opening Doors
to Learning project, will explore ways in which families with
children who have additional support needs can best be supported from birth to
primary school. Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from parents and
other experts on empowering parents and improving their relationships with
professionals, increasing children‟s inclusion in play and leisure. To book a place
contact Radha Singh on 0131 222 2438, email@example.com or go
online at www.childreninscotland.org.uk/ogs
Unpaid tax bill forces Davidson into bankruptcy
Famously un-PC Comedian, Jim Davidson, who is renowned for
once throwing a temper tantrum and refusing to perform his show at
the Plymouth theatre because the front row was comprised almost
entirely of people in wheelchairs, has been declared bankrupt after
failing to keep up repayments on a £1.4 million tax bill.
The rightwing comedian said he was „angry‟ after struggling to meet
repayments of about £400,000 a year. The overall bill was now down to £700,000
but, he said, HM Revenue & Customs refused to negotiate and dismissed his
suggestions of a final settlement of £450,000 or a 12 month payment holiday.
“The taxman has forced me into this position – that‟s why I feel angry rather than
sad and disappointed,” Davidson said.
Davidson now lives in Dubai, returning to the UK twice a year to do two live stand-
up performances a year in an effort to keep up repayments having had his
finances stretched by his divorce from his fourth wife, Tracy Hilton.
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