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Disability Action Update: Closure of Information and Advice Service in Belfast

01 September 2017
From Thursday 31 August Disability Action will no longer be able to provide an information and advice service through our Belfast office (no other services are impacted).  Due to a range of funding cuts and failure to identify additional sources of funding the Board and Chief Executive have had to take the difficult decision to close the service.

£11,840 award in disability ruling against Charles Hurst Ltd

01 September 2017
A woman who brought a case against her former employer under the Disability Discrimination Act has been awarded £11,840 by an Industrial Tribunal. The Tribunal found that Charles Hurst Limited failed in its duty to make reasonable adjustments for Marie-Claire McLaughlin, who was employed by the company as a Customer Service Advisor. The case was assisted by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.

A ‘human catastrophe’ – New UN condemnation for UK human rights record on disability.

31 August 2017
The UK Government’s claim to be a ‘world leader in disability issues’ has today been crushed by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Committee has released damning Concluding Observations on the UK, following its first Review of the government’s compliance with the Convention.

Belfast set to experience the biggest ever Bounce!

30 August 2017
Northern Ireland’s annual disabled and deaf arts festival ‘bounces’ into Belfast this month with ten days of entertaining and thought-provoking dance, theatre, visual art, physical theatre, film, cabaret and a range of workshops.

Austerity policies have created a “human catastrophe” – UN Committee Chair condemns the UK’s record on human rights

25 August 2017
Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations welcome the public unity of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in their clear criticism of the UK Government’s ‘grave and systematic violations’ of disabled people’s human rights.

Disabled People Call Out Government on Human Rights

21 August 2017
Disability activists from Northern Ireland will join others from across the UK in Geneva this week in presenting evidence of ongoing human rights violations to the UN Committee on the Rights of Disabled People.

New Ebrington facility a travel boost to those with severe disabilities

07 August 2017
New Ebrington facility a travel boost to those with severe disabilities

Reshaping Stroke Services in Northern Ireland

04 August 2017
Are you a stroke survivor or carer living in Northern Ireland?

10,000 More Voices: health service wants to hear from you

02 August 2017
The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) are expanding the successful 10,000 Voices health service improvement programme.

New Paraplegic Dance Programme comes to Belfast

01 August 2017
Disability Sport NI will be teaming up with the Academy of Professional Physical Arts (APPA – NI) to bring paraplegic dance classes to Belfast through the new Xplor Programme.

Sixty People Get Out, Get Active for Inclusive Boccia Play Offs at Foyle Arena

04 July 2017
Live Active NI’s, Get Out Get Active (GOGA) Programme, funded by Spirit of 2012 drew sixty participants to the Foyle Arena last week to take part in a fully inclusive Boccia competition.

Disability Sport NI secures £100,000 investment into Disability Water Sports in Northern Ireland.

26 June 2017
Disability Sport NI is delighted to announce the launch of the District Council Disability Sports Hubs – Water Sports Project. With summer fast approaching and a growing demand for disability water sports in Northern Ireland, funding has been awarded to four Sailability projects to enable them to provide further opportunities for people with disabilities. Belfast Lough Sailability, Foyle Sailability, Lough Erne Yacht Club and Craigavon Water Sports Centre were the proud new recipients of a range of sailing crafts or a floating pontoon.

Disability Action’s Laura McCartney Awarded MBE in Queens Birthday Honours List

17 June 2017
Disability Action’s Assistant Director of Employment Services, Laura McCartney has been awarded an MBE for services to disabled people and their families in Northern Ireland.

New Health Check Resources for Adults with Learning Disability

02 June 2017
A series of Easy Read resources focusing on, AAA screening, Menopause and Know Your Prostate have been launched for adults with a learning disability across Northern Ireland.

Grand Opera House - Access Perfromances 2017/2018

25 May 2017
The Grand Opera House hosts a number of signed, audio described and captioned performances. You can view the full list of these performances or, if you require assistance booking tickets for an accessible performance, please contact our Box Office on 028 9024 1919.

New research project in Northern Ireland led by disabled people

16 May 2017
Praxis Care, Queens University Belfast and Mencap NI are the latest to receive funding as part of a previously funded £5 million research programme into independent living for disabled people.

New resource highlights the positive impact of The Purple Workforce

26 April 2017
Disability Action’s Employment Advocacy Service has launched a new resource: ‘The Purple Workforce: The Impact of Employing Disabled People’. The Quick Guide outlines the positive impact employing disabled people can have on a business.

Imtac: Report on Blue Badge usage in Belfast City Centre

11 April 2017
Imtac has published a report on Blue Badge usage in Belfast City Centre based on surveys undertaken in the latter half of 2016. This is the latest in a number of similar reports published by the Committee since 2010. The Committee uses the reports to inform the advice it gives to Government around developments connected with the City Centre.

CRPD Committee List of Issues for the UK 

07 April 2017
Further report on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in Northern Ireland. 

Back To the Future

07 April 2017
Photographs and video footage capturing or commenting on the experiences of disabled people in Northern Ireland are eagerly being sought by an exciting new history project.

Brexit – Ensuring we protect disability equality

29 March 2017
During the Referendum campaign in 2016, Disability Action engaged with disabled people, their organisations and other stakeholders on the possible impact of Brexit on people with disabilities. As a result of this engagement we took a position to support a remain position. The main reason behind this was the uncertainty of how rights attained under EU mechanisms would apply if we were to leave the EU.

The Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston encourages everyone to Live Active in Belfast.

23 March 2017
Live Active NI, the new community interest company of Disability Sport NI this week launched their element of the wider Belfast City Council Every Body Active 2020 initiative funded through Sport NI. The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman Brian Kingston joined representatives from Live Active NI, Disability Sport NI, Sport NI and Belfast City Council at City Hall earlier this week to celebrate the programmes that David Purdy and Pablo Córdoba Huertos, Active Recreation Officers for Live Active NI will deliver across Belfast. Participants from local schools and day centres demonstrated dance routines, before teaching The Lord Mayor how to play Boccia, a Paralympic game designed to suit people with a wide range of physical disabilities.

Turning a new page in customer service - Libraries NI signs up to ‘Every Customer Counts’

16 February 2017
The Equality Commission has welcomed Libraries NI as the latest signatory to its ‘Every Customer Counts’ initiative. The initiative was designed to encourage organisations and businesses across Northern Ireland to consider if they can improve the service they offer to clients and customers with a disability.

Know your rights – disability and employment quick guide launched

03 February 2017
Disability Action’s Employment Advocacy Service has launched a new resource: ‘Getting into Work: Reasonable Adjustments & Positive Action’. The Quick Guide outlines disabled people’s rights when applying for a job, what employers must do and what positive actions they can take to increase the number of disabled people they employ.

New phase of disability employment programme Workable (NI) launched

08 December 2016
People with disabilities have the right to participate in the workforce, and government and employers have a duty to support them in that goal.

DRILL: £37,765 for new research project in Belfast coproduced with people with dementia announced

30 November 2016
Queen’s University Belfast, Dementia NI and Ulster University have been awarded £37,765 as part of a £5 million programme on independent living for disabled people.

Programme for Government Update

04 November 2016
Programme for Government Update

Centre for Independent Living NI: Assistant Independent Living Advisor

03 November 2016
Centre for Independent Living NI is an organisation working to support disabled people's right to have choice and control in their lives. We are now seeking to recruit the following:

SportNI: £300,000 investment to kick start the ‘Active Living:No Limits 2021’ action plan

01 November 2016
Communities Minister Paul Givan, MLA has today launched an action plan for the development and support for disabled people participating in sport.

Employers sign up to support staff through mental ill health difficulties

19 October 2016
Some of Northern Ireland’s top employers were at Stormont today supported by Mark H Durkan MLA to sign up to a new initiative, the Mental Health Charter, which signals their commitment to helping employees get through difficulties at work caused by mental illness.

Double Success at The Stormont Hotel!

07 October 2016
Congratulations to Craig McConnell and John Kinsella, who after two years on the Workable NI Programme at The Stormont Hotel have now progressed to Open Employment.

My Journey My Voice Exhibition Participants & Partners Win National Giving Voice Award

06 October 2016
Nine people* from Northern Ireland, who participated in the popular exhibition My Journey My Voice, have been presented with a joint Giving Voice Award alongside exhibition partners Disability Action, and the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Board

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Committee adopts General Comment no 3 on women and girls with disabilities

12 September 2016
Women and girls with disabilities need empowerment, not pity, UN experts tell States

O’Neill announces extension of Physical and Sensory Disability Strategy and Action Plan

07 September 2016
Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has announced an extension of the Physical and Sensory Disability Strategy and Action Plan to 30 September 2017.

Disability Hate Crime Victim Speaks out in Second PSNI #VOICES Campaign

02 September 2016
Today the PSNI are launching the second of the series of short videos in the #VOICES campaign.

Farry launches Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities

07 April 2016
Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry launched a new strategy to help people with disabilities achieve their full employment and career potential.

Tenant Participation Strategy for Northern Ireland 2015 - 2020

04 February 2016
The Department of Social Development has published a Tenant Participation Strategy for Northern Ireland 2015 – 2020.

Report on the Implementation of the UNCRPD in Northern Ireland

10 December 2015
Over the last number of years we have been developing a report on the implementation of the UNCRPD in Northern Ireland.  We started the process in 2014 as the examination of the UK State report by the Committee was due to take place later that year.  Unfortunately this has been delayed and the Committee is not likely to examine the UK until 2017. 

Disabled people take the lead on £5 million research project

16 September 2015
Disabled people will be at the forefront of designing projects for a new £5 million UK wide research programme to explore how disabled people can live more independent lives.

Big Lottery Fund: New Research Funding to Help Disabled Voices be Heard

12 February 2015
The issues and challenges facing disabled people will soon be better understood thanks to new research made possible with a £5 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund.


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