disability rights

74 petitions

Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Department for Communities NI


Perianal Abscess & Fistula Disease is a severely life limiting, ongoing and incredibly difficult to cure condition. It is not well known about as sufferers do not talk about it due to the embarrassing nature of it. As the name suggests it is an acutely painful abscess in the soft tissue around the anus. It is NOT the same as a tooth abscess. Once you get it once in most cases it reoccurs over and over due to damaged tissue or the formation of a fistula. The abscesses may cause sepsis and can be fatal.Treatment is by antibiotics and surgery but these are only a temporary fix and within weeks it reoccurs.Many people like myself will be on prescription laxatives for life, it can cause incontinence and some people have had multiple surgeries without success or cure. It can result in having a permanent drain or as a worst case scenario a proctocolectomy. The symptoms are acute pain, difficulty sitting or walking, high fevers, nausea and fatigue  but there are no visible symptoms yet here in the UK The Department of Communities do not recognise it as a disability entitling you to any of the benefits that go along with that. The companies Capita for PIP and MSS for ESA that assess have never even heard of the condition. It is time for change. We cannot let our embarrassment of our condition prevent us from having our disease properly listed and recognised

Amanda Sparrow Large
110 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to David Brown, Sarah Newton MP, Mick Elliot

Tell Northern Rail to stop discriminating against disabled customers

Northern Rail are regularly discriminating against disabled customers.They allow scooters on their trains at times and then not at others. They allow rail assistance to be booked for scooters; options can be chosen that tell them that you require a ramp and you are travelling with a scooter. They accept these bookings and take the money and then deny access to their service when the customers arrive at the station.Worse still, they purposefully delay the trains while they humiliate disabled people and try to bully them out of disabled spaces or even to remove them from the train once they have boarded (see the video link for details).The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to help ensure businesses treat everyone fairly. It protects anyone who is disabled, is thought to be disabled, or is with someone who is disabled. It gives these people rights to access goods or services in a way that means they are not treated less favourably than people without a disability. Northern's formal scooter policy is outdated and ensures that disabled scooter-users get a varied and unreliable service that treats them less favourably than people without a disability. This is against the law. Please sign this petition to tell Northern Rail that they need to make sure that their policies are in line with our country's legislation and stop humiliating their disabled customers.

3,217 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Minister of Housing and Urban Development

Remove the "does not own land" criteria for PwDs, people with HIV/AIDS & gender groups.

Everyone deserves a safe, decent and affordable place to live! Habitat for Humanity Trinidad and Tobago calls on our supporters and friends to join the fight for safe, decent and affordable shelter. Some 200,000 people in our country live in sub-standard housing conditions, with dilapidated and structurally unsound houses, a lack of running water, no electricity and less than adequate washroom facilities. Many of these families have members who are disabled, living with HIV/AIDS or part of the gender communities. The current criteria for housing assistance through the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) specifies that applicants from these groups "Not be owner/part owner of property/land in Trinidad and Tobago".  However, these communities cannot access any private sector financing to build homes because of their income levels, even if they have good land tenure. We are asking the Minister of Housing and Urban Development to change the policy and remove this criterion so that ownership of land is no longer an obstacle to having a safe, decent and affordable place to call home.    We further call on the national community: To call attention to the need for decent and affordable shelter for vulnerable groups, especially the disabled, those living with HIV/AIDS and the gender communities living in Trinidad and Tobago. To let it be known that affordable, adequate housing should be a priority for government, the corporate sector and private citizens, and that all partners and stakeholders need to be involved in finding and implementing workable solutions to the housing crisis among vulnerable groups.  To change the systems, policies and attitudes that create obstacles to access affordable housing and good land tenure for disabled people, people living with HIV/AIDS and gender communities in Trinidad & Tobago  By advocating for universal decent housing, we CAN alter the systems that limit access to decent housing and make affordable housing a reality for EVERYONE!  

Habitat for Humanity Trinidad & Tobago
71 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, Simon Stevens, Andrew Cash


I have severe Osteogenesis Imperfecta and Dentinogenesis Imperfecta and for those reading my dental issues I would be very grateful if you could share your support by signing my petition. Everyone's support and their signatures will hopefully help to make a difference with my future ongoing dental care at the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital in Sheffield to be seen by specialists who are familiar in seeing people like me with brittle bones. I have significant brittle teeth associated with my medical condition and over the past few years I have required multiple tooth extractions through inadequate check-ups and dental treatment I have received locally to home. Throughout the past 18 to 24 months I have been battling to be seen again at the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital in Sheffield for all check-ups and dental treatment but my complaints was not upheld but followed by a refusal by both the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital and Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. The Dental Hospital in Sheffield have stated I have to continue to be seen more locally to home were my condition is not understood but agreed to see me in Sheffield for tooth extractions but these need to be kept to a minimum, my dental issues are treated accordingly there by specialists who have knowledge and expertise in my complex medical condition. I have always attended the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for the past 25 years due to the severity of my Osteogenesis Imperfecta. This means that my teeth are very weak and brittled and I require more frequent check-ups and routine dental treatment than those of a mainstream patient, as well as being misshapen and discoloured due to this condition often associated with OI. I am also much more prone to tooth loss to start off with which I have needless to say experienced on to many occasions already due to the Dental Hospital in Sheffield who have refused to see me but this was where I was previously seen before and all was bliss without any problems. I have always received first class treatment in Sheffield due to its understanding and studies in OI. Living with OI is neither simple nor straightforward by any means; only specialised professionals should really deal with the dental care of someone with DI, due to the challenges and complications likely to arise as the condition worsens.  Regular dental maintenance is at the crux of slowing down the devastating impact DI has on the teeth of someone like me.  This is causing me great anxiety and distress as my dental health is currently worsening due to the lack of treatment I have received over the past few years since I was discharged away from the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital to be seen more locally to home. Regular dental treatment in Sheffield would narrow my chances of further complications ever occurring, if these conditions go unnoticed due to someone’s lack of knowledge it would be a significant risk to my health or even life threatening. Surgical implants/dentures are vertically impossible for me due to further risks of other serious complications such as Osteonecrosis of the jaw through frequent surgical tooth extractions, which I have experienced on to many occasions already and this is why I wish to be seen again at the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital in Sheffield. This would put an end to the nightmare I am currently experiencing if I was accepted to be seen again within their services were my dental health is understood and treated accordingly and would reduce my chances of further more tooth loss and would better my health and well-being. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND SIGNATURES.

481 supporters