Groundbreaking PSA’s Urge Philanthropists to Live Up to Their Values on Diversity, Equity, Access, and Equality

A new series of PSAs is breaking ground on ensuring philanthropists are inclusive of people with disabilities. Representing a diverse group of people with disabilities, the stars speak directly to the camera in their own words. There was no script for the ads, only honest conversations with members of various disability communities. Participants in the ads include people who are deaf, blind, wheelchair-users or amputees or have Autism, learning differences or another disability. They include people who are African American, Hispanic, Latino, Asian, white and other backgrounds and are diverse…

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Channel 4 Introduces TV Sector Guide on Employing Disabled Talent

Channel 4 in the UK has produced a pioneering guide to employing disabled people which has been especially tailored for the TV industry. The guide offers companies in the broadcast sector a range of practical advice on employing disabled people including how to find disabled talent, how to make a company more attractive to disabled people and ways to offer support to disabled employees. The guide explains basic information such as what is meant by ‘disability’, guidance around language and some simple do’s and don’t’s but also offer focussed advice…

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Ten months after promised review, disabled Twitter users still don’t have the right tools to flag disability hate speech says UK Charity

Muscular Dystrophy UK is calling for Twitter to make it easier for disabled people to report hateful comments against them, ten months after the platform first said it would review the process. While abusive tweets based on someone’s race, religion, gender or orientation are readily reportable in a dropdown menu on Twitter, disability is not listed as an option. The only indication that hateful comments based on someone’s disability are unacceptable on Twitter involve clicking through several extra screens to locate the site’s 2,000-word rules, which include a single mention…

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Access Israel Replaces disabled parking spot signs with the pictures of real people

We’ve probably seen it happen a zillion times and we’ve maybe even done it ourselves once or twice: parking in a spot for disabled people. Yeah, we’ve all seen it happen before: a car blitzing into a parking spot reserved for the disabled only for its driver to step out seconds later on two perfectly functioning legs. Sure, if you ask the driver he’ll probably have a whole battery of excuses to go with his blatant misbehavior and disrespect. Anything ranging from: “I’ll only be a second”, “I’m just picking…

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Women with disabilities may be missing out on cancer screening

Women with disabilities are a third less likely to participate in breast cancer screening and a quarter less likely to take part in bowel cancer screening compared to women reporting no disabilities, according to a new paper published in the British Journal of Cancer  by researchers from the University of Oxford. More than a fifth of the nearly 500,000 women who were offered breast or bowel cancer screening reported some disability; difficulties with mobility were the most commonly reported. Women with two or more disabilities were less likely to take…

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