Disabled people

Ensuring disabled people aren’t denied the care they need

27 year old Perry, who has severe epilepsy and mental health difficulties, lived at a specialist care home in Sutton called Charsley House. Initially Enfield Council had been funding this care but when this responsibility […]

Making sure attempts to cut costs aren’t put before disabled people’s needs

Rachel was 15 when she was left severely disabled after suffering two strokes during surgery. This meant she needed 24 hour specialist care, which her parents provided for six years. When Rachel’s parents could no […]

Making sure vulnerable people have fair access to the legal system

Two parents with learning difficulties had been raising their son in a nurturing environment in their own home, with the support of their local authority, extended family and close friends. But when the boy was […]

Restricting the right to family life to protect a disabled woman’s best interests

A 41 year old mother of four with severe learning difficulties lives in a care home, and her children are looked after by the local authority. Although doctors have estimated that her mental capacity is […]

Making sure we can read our own health information

Graham Kirwan is visually-impaired. He uses software to allow him to read letters, but it only works with emails or Word documents. When Graham was having health problems, he repeatedly asked his local GP and […]

Ensuring disabled people can appeal unfair treatment

Detaining someone against their will, depriving them of their liberty, is a fundamental challenge to their human rights and should only be done after the most careful consideration of their best interests. When a woman […]

Giving a deaf family the right to name their baby in sign language

A deaf couple used human rights laws to help them become the first people in Britain to record their baby’s name in sign language on her birth certificate. Having initially been told it was not […]

Protecting disabled people from humiliating living conditions

After a stroke, Mrs Bernard was left severely disabled and reliant on a wheelchair. When she and her family lost their home, the local authority provided the Bernards with accommodation but it was completely unsuitable […]

Looking out for our best interest when we’re unable to look after ourselves

Steven lives with his father Mark, and because of his severe learning disability he needs support at all times. At Christmas time in 2009, Mark became unwell and agreed that Steven would go into respite […]

Making sure disabled people have the right to freedom

A landmark victory was achieved for people under the care of the state when the Supreme Court ruled that disabled people should not have their freedom restricted just because of their disabilities. The court found […]