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Belfast’s Victoria Park will be glowing bright on Friday, October 19, as Autism NI hold their Glow Walk. Families are encouraged to ‘get their glow on’ and don their neon fancy dress for autism. Autism NI CEO Kerry Boyd said: “October can be a dull month, but we’re excited to be lighting up the night with our Glow Walk, which is to ‘highlight’ autism as a hidden disability and raise awareness in the wider community. “The 5K walk will begin at 6.30pm in Victoria Park and we are asking local families to support the charity by taking part and pledging to…

https://youtu.be/H1s73fRDsKo By VIEW editor Brian Pelan, reporting from Dublin Supporters of housing activists, who are occupying an empty building in North Frederick Street, Dublin, marched to the Custom House in the city earlier this week to demand that the government tackle the growing problem of homelessness in the Republic of Ireland. Housing activists took over the building after a previous occupation at Summerhill Parade in the city. A spokesperson for the occupants said that “the outpouring of support both locally and from further afield has given us hope for a strong, organised housing movement”. There are now almost 10,000 people homeless…

By VIEW editor Brian Pelan A housing director has said that there is an urgent need for more new homes to be built in Northern Ireland. Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing Director for NI, said: “Our population is increasing which is in part due to people living longer. Simultaneously, the number of households in housing stress is growing. For the past few years it remained around 22,000 but recently it has reached almost 24,000 (2016-17). As a result there is increased demand for housing in an already pressurised market. “Whilst we are meeting targets for social housing, there is recognition that…

By Kelly McAllister, reporting for VIEWdigital Victims and survivors of the Northern Ireland conflict have hit out at the lack of help to respond to a government consultation on dealing with the legacy of The Troubles. A public survey closes in September but some people affected by the Northern Ireland conflict said they need more help to get their views heard by the Northern Ireland Secretary of State Karen Bradley and civil servants in the Northern Ireland Office. At Queens University Belfast, during a recent ‘Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland’s Past’ event attended by civil servants, many victims and…

By Una Murphy Lancashire woman Roisin Pelan, who has been battling breast cancer for a second time, has starred in a TV garden make-over programme and written a children’s book. Roisin from Preston writes a blog about cancer ‘Fighting Pants are On’ https://fightingpantsareon.wordpress.com . Her sister Lindsay, who lives in Australia, is also receiving treatment for breast cancer. Roisin featured in ITV series ‘Love Your Garden’ tonight on ITV with presenter Alan Titchmarsh and fiancé Michael Brown. They have a three-year-old daughter called Ivy. Roisin said: “The whole team were so lovely. I think people imagine Alan doesn’t get involved…

By Kelly McAllister, reporting for VIEWdigital WOMEN in trade unions, public sector and the media have spelt out what equality measures they want to see put in place. Access to affordable childcare is a huge issue for the working woman in Northern Ireland, South African feminist and broadcaster Adrienne Peltz said during a panel discussion on gender issues at Féíle an Phobail in Belfast. Adrienne Peltz was joined on the panel by Alison Millar, general secretary at NIPSA, Carmel McKinney, chair of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service and journalist Amanda Ferguson. The event was chaired by broadcaster Yvette…

Belfast man Ross Ruberry, who lost his lower right leg to cancer, tells journalist Kelly McAllister how he went from receiving the highest disability rate payment to getting absolutely nothing at all after he went through the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment process. Ross Ruberry was awarded Disability Living Allowance 14 years ago after losing his lower right leg to cancer. When he received a letter earlier this year explaining that the benefit was to be replaced and that he had to reapply, he initially thought it would not be an issue. But, like many others that were forced to…

Anne, a mother-of-two and a survivor of domestic abuse, tells writer Sarah Bruce how she is struggling to cope with life as a result of her rejection for Employment Support Allowance Universal Credit discriminates against single mothers as well as people living with trauma and mental health debilitations, according to one domestic abuse survivor. Anne, a mother-of-two and survivor of a decade of physical and emotional abuse, told how she is struggling to cope as a result of her rejection for Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and subsequent halting of Child Tax Credit payments following the separation from her abuser. Claiming…

By Kelly McAllister, reporting for VIEWdigital A west Belfast father has put out an urgent appeal for more men to come forward and join the stem cell register following the launch of a campaign to help save his daughter’s life. Many women have already joined the stem register as a result of Sean Smyth’s campaign to help his daughter Eimear (24), who is now waiting for a lifesaving stem cell transplant. He started the campaign in a bid to raise awareness around stem cell donation after Eimear was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a type of blood cancer in September 2016…

By VIEW editor Brian Pelan A striking new mural of a mother elephant and her baby calf will be used by Belfast and Lisburn Women’s Aid to highlight the work it does around the issue of domestic abuse. The mural was painted by 34-year-old artist Rory McCann who lives in Shrewsbury in England. Kelly Andrews, Chief Executive of Belfast-Lisburn Women’s Aid, said: “Rory was running a competition on his Facebook page last year whereby he would give his time freely to paint a mural in a school. I suggested to Rory, who is my cousin, what about painting a mural…

By Mo Stewart, Independent Disability Studies Researcher October 2018 is the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), as used by successive UK Governments to restrict access to the out-of-work long-term sickness and disability benefit known as the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). Introduced by the New Labour Government in October 2008, the ESA replaced Incapacity Benefit (IB) with the claim that many IB claimants would be able to work if given help to return to the labour market. The adoption of the ESA included the claimed “non-medical functional assessment”, identified as the WCA. At the…

“I love my career, I worked hard at university to get a good job but I feel that I have little choice but to leave work/significantly reduce my hours because it simply isn’t worth our while for me to work and have pretty much all my wages go on childcare” “Childcare costs have severely restricted our quality of life – we struggle and stress about money every month and it has had a severe impact on both our marriage and our mental health…all the while feeling guilty as we’re away from our baby trying to do our best for him…

By Kelly McAllister – reporting for VIEWdigital BELFAST’S young people are being encouraged to ‘talk back’ and address the pressing issues that affect their lives in a panel discussion at Féile an Phobail. The annual ‘Youth Talks Back’ event at Colin Youth Development Centre in Poleglass, west Belfast gives young people the opportunity to engage with a panel of five influential figures. Members of the youth committee of the Active Communities Network – a charity which encourages young people to use sport to get into education, training and employment – has taken over organising this year’s event. From April these…

Joe Kenny, who lost his sight at the age of five, is not amused by the ‘ridiculous test’ that people with disabilities go through as part of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment So, if you’re really blind, how many fingers am I holding up?” An echo of a question that rings in my ears from when I was a child. Kids would lead off with this question to test whether I was telling the truth about being blind. Sometimes it was just innocent inquisitive childs’ play and sometimes it wasn’t. Why am I recalling this echo from my past?…

Sean Fitzsimons, Employment Advocacy Officer with Disability Action, takes aim at austerity policies in the United Kingdom and the devastating impact they have had on the lives of thousands of people with disabilities I’m proud to be a malcontent of austerity. In tackling the politics of austerity, it is critical we frame the conversation not only in terms of fiscal policy, but of the very real human cost. Austerity has been pursued relentlessly for close to a decade now and it has many faces; including political heavyweights, neo-liberal think tanks and the less visible back office Government policy teams. It’s…

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