Disability Horizons Newsletter

Tell us how your work has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic

With a lot of disabled people shielding and businesses struggling, work has been tricky for many during this time. To understand how it has impacted disabled people’s work, we’ve partnered with Leonard Cheshire to create a short survey. We want to know how many disabled people were furloughed or made unemployed, how their working conditions changed, how working from home was and, most importantly, whether they were treated differently because of their disability. Have your say to help make a difference.

Covid-19 pass: what to do if you cannot be vaccinated or test for Covid
Now that most Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted and millions of people have been fully vaccinated, we can enjoy more freedoms. But to access many public places and services, you now need to have an NHS Covid Pass to show you have been vaccinated, have tested negative for Covid-19 or have immunity from it. However, what should you do if they cannot be vaccinated or tested due to medical reasons? Our story explains all you need to know and how our new NHS Covid Pass exemption card can help.

EastEnders actor Rose Ayling-Ellis becomes first deaf contestant to join Strictly Come Dancing
26-year-old actor Rose Ayling-Ellis, who is best known for playing Frankie Lewis in EastEnders, is set to become the first deaf contestant to step foot on the dancefloor in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing. She will be the sixth disabled celebrity to take part in the reality show and will be following in the footsteps of Jonnie PeacockLauren SteadmanKatie PiperWill Bayley and JJ Chalmers. Leading deaf charities have said her appearance on Strictly will mark an important moment for on-screen representation.

Two more Paralympians in the spotlight – Hollie Arnold and John Stubbs
Ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games next week, we’ve spoken to two more Paralympians. John Stubbs is a 56-year-old Paralympic archer who won numerous medals at World, European and Paralympic championships. He was involved in a motorbike accident, which led to his right leg being amputated. Hollie Arnold MBE, who doesn’t have a right forearm, is the current F46 Paralympic javelin gold medallist and four times consecutive World champion, Commonwealth champion and European champion.

Naidex 2021: meet Paralympians and try out adapted sports for yourself
After delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Naidex is finally back, and this year it is celebrating the Paralympic Games with appearances from Paralympians Naomi Riches MBE and Ashley Facey-Thompson, and live adapted sports to watch and try for yourself. Don’t miss talks and live sessions from these two Paralympians, as well as the chance to watch and take part in a range of adapted sports – register now for your FREE ticket.

Watch our next Disability Horizons TV episode with guest Sam Renke
In this week’s episode on Disability Horizons TV, airing on Sunday 21st August, actor and campaigner Sam Renke will be discussing hate crime with our regular presenters Mik Scarlet, Dan White and Zec Richardson. Share your experiences of this horrible crime and have your say on what more should be done to combat it by tuning into YouTube at 6pm on Sunday. It will also be streamed on Facebook and will be turned into a podcast after the event.