A selection of news stories around disabilities.

ASD employers Toolkit

Pentreath Industries has launched an Employers Toolkit for ASD, in conjunction with other local organisations and employers, and funded by the ESF, as part of the Living Well to Work project.

Individuals with autism and ASD have much to offer int he workplace, and this resource will help local employers to successfully recruit and employ people who experience Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

For more information , and to download the pack, see the Pentreath website.


Newquay Airport trains staff in Makaton

Newquay Airport has become the first UK airport to train its staff in the sign language Makaton, which is used by people with learning disabilities and additional communication needs. 75 Members of staff have received the training, from all departments. Staff also have flash cards with key signs and symbols on them, and these symbols are going to be situated around the air port as well.

The management team at Newquay Airport are keen that their staff are able to interact with as many people as possible that visit of use the airport, and therefore the staff have received training in many different types of disability, including autism, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, anxiety, hearing and sight loss, as passengers with mobility issues.

For more information, see the Cornwall Live webpage.


DVLA U-turn on Autism

The DVLA recently announced a change in policy around drivers with autism, who woul dbe required to disclose their disorder, whether it affected their driving or not.  However, this has been reversed, following reporting, and public anger. The VLA spokesperson explained “We have amended the advice on GOV.UK for both drivers and medical professionals which make it clear that a driver who has an autism spectrum disorder only need tell us if their condition could affect their driving.”

The National Autistic Society has reuqested further clarification around what people with autistic spectrum conditions should do if they have already contacted the DVLA, prior to the U-turn.

You can see more about this on the Guardian’s website.


The cashless society

The final report by the Access to Cash Review has said that more than 8 million adults in the UK would struggle to cope in a cashless society – 17% of the population. With increasing closures of bank branches and ATMs, and the rise in digital payments, people who struggle to use digital payments or debit cards are being eased out of the loop.

People who are at risk include those who lead unsettled lifestyles and cannot get a bank account, those who are physically unable to manage a bank card and pin numbers, and the elderly, who may struggle to manage new technology.

For more information, see the Guardian’s article, and a comment piece, and the Access to Cash Review report.