Disabled People of Colour are left behind by data – that’s a political choice

Gaps in research kill people. This is the position People of Colour often find ourselves in. But this problem is made worse for People of Colour with disabilities. The Canary has already looked at the lack of data available in this area. Research allows groups of people to be able to access structural support and to find networks of support. This time, we’ll be looking at the practical reasons why disabled People of Colour are missed out in data analysis – and what can be done about this. Barriers to research There are some practical problems here, before we get to the structural problems. A lot of research in…

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Comedian says she is ‘disabled and proud’ after Question Time speech

Comedian Rosie Jones said she is “bloody proud” to be disabled after speaking on Question Time 25 years since the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act. “Groundbreaking” The legislation, which was introduced in 1995, prohibited discrimination on the grounds of disability, and was significantly extended in 2006 to include areas such as employment and education. Jones, who has cerebral palsy, appeared on the BBC’s discussion programme to talk about her experience, and said that the “groundbreaking” act had helped her lead a better life. She told Fiona Bruce: Without a doubt my life has been better because of it. I had an education at a mainstream school, I…

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Research keeps ignoring disabled People of Colour. But we exist too.

Disabled People of Colour are being left out of conversations on disability rights. It’s happening in government reports and even in reports from charities. Experiences of ableism are not separate from experiences of racism. And disabled People of Colour don’t experience ableism or racism in turns, only one at a time. Other factors often complicate things too. It’s time we worked to bring these issues forward.What we’re doingThe Canary’s investigations unit uncovers, among other things, stories about communities organising amongst themselves. These communities are forced to act for themselves when the establishment has marginalised or forgotten them. At The Canary, we’ll continue to ensure that we shine a…

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Disabled people tell Hancock where to stick his coronavirus laws

The Coronavirus Act is once again under the spotlight. This time it’s disabled people who are challenging the changes it made to parts of their lives by launching a petition calling on Matt Hancock to “scrap” parts of it. The Coronavirus Act The Canary reported in March that the government made sweeping changes to various laws because of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The new rules contained several changes that hit disabled people. The Canary wrote at the time that: The rules and standards for social care for older, learning disabled, and other people will be relaxed. This means councils can reduce the service and support they provide to…

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