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New report from international disability charity CBM claims disabled people are one of the world’s biggest ‘untapped resources’

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Kirsty Smith, CBM UK

Kirsty Smith, CBM UK

A recent report co-funded by Cambridge-based international disability charity CBM UK, claims that disabled people are one of the world’s biggest untapped resources.

This claim from experts in Cambridge follows a study into the costs of exclusion from education for disabled people, as a cause of lower employment levels and opportunities for people with disabilities all over the world.

The report suggests that people with disabilities suffer ‘widespread exclusion as a result of physical, attitudinal, financial and policy barriers’, and as a consequence, they are not able to contribute to the economy of the countries they live in. Read the rest of this entry

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Cuts to Disabled Students Allowance could have disastrous effects

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Universities minister David Willets has announced proposed government cuts to the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA), meaning many disabled students could be prevented from going to university.

The DSA is a grant given to disabled students to meet extra costs of studying incurred because of their disability. From September 2015, the government plans to cut this allowance, only giving support to students with ‘complex’ needs.

The DSA will no longer pay for computers for disabled students, or fund non-specialist help such as note-takers and learning mentors. In addition, the costs of specialist accommodation will only be provided in ‘exceptional’ circumstances. Read the rest of this entry