Disability Horizons Newsletter

LAST CHANCE to take our survey on disability hate crime Our survey on disability hate crime, in partnership with Leonard Cheshire, will be closing this week, so this is your LAST CHANCE to have your say and make your voice heard. The results will help us to highlight the issues with disability hate crime in the UK, both in public and online, and ultimately create change to ensure this terrible crime is taken seriously. We want to understand the scale of the problem, what form it most commonly takes and whether any action is ever taken against the perpetrator. Take our short survey NOW to tell us about your experiences – it will be closing THIS WEEK.

Six fitness aids to help you stay active if you have a disability Getting into exercise as a disabled person can seem like an additional challenge. Not only do we have to find time to fit it in amongst our busy schedules and working life, but not all equipment, leisure facilities or sports are accessible. Here at Disability Horizons, we want to help you find easy ways to access and enjoy fitness and exercise, whether at home or in a gym, so we have rounded up five useful fitness aids available on the Disability Horizons Shop, including griping aids to help you hold equipment, a pedal exerciser and shoelaces that are easy to tie and won’t come undone.

4 tips for finding and identifying disability-friendly employers Applying for jobs is a laborious task that takes time and effort. Layer this with concerns around whether an employer will even consider you because of a disability, and it is all the more tricky. That is why we have asked Jane Hatton from Evenbreak, which turned 10 this year, to explain how to find a disability-confident employer to make job hunting that little bit easier. It includes four tips on things to look out for, and lists more than 50 employers that are actively looking for disabled employees. And if you are currently looking for a job, check out our jobs board, in partnership with Evenbreak.

Kellogg’s to roll out cereal boxes with world-first technology for blind and visually impaired people Cereal brand Kellogg’s has announced that following a successful trial, new world-first technology will be permanently added to all of its cereal boxes to make them accessible to blind and visually impaired people. The new boxes, which will start hitting the supermarket shelves from January 2022, will allow a smartphone to easily detect a unique on-pack code and playback important information, such as allergen details, which can often be in print that’s difficult for blind or partially sighted people to read. Read our story find out more about how it works.

Blast from the past: articles celebrating disability pride For Disability Pride Month, we thought we would look back at some of our favourite interviews with awesome disabled celebrities who are proud of who they are – comedians Rosie JonesLee Ridley, and Chris McCausland, dancer Amy Dowden and her Strictly partner last year, JJ Chalmers, The Last Leg presenter Alex Brooker, actors RJ MitteJules Robertson and Gabriella Leon, presenters Ade AdepitanSophie Morgan and Cerrie Brunell.

Tell us what you think of our shop menu and overall design We launched our Disability Horizons Shop at the beginning of 2020, and since then we have freshened the look, honed our design and added many more innovative and useful products. But we want to do more. We want to make sure that it is easy for you to navigate and find what you want, and that it looks appealing too. To help us improve for you, please take our quick 5-minute survey to tell us what you think of our shop menus and overall design.