‘We must do more to help disabled people feel safe’

York Press: Julia Mulligan Julia Mulligan

DISABLED people in York are meeting with the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire today.

York Independent Living Network (YILN) works to discuss the experiences of disabled people and their families in York, and to raise awareness of disability hate crime and how to report it.

Members of the group will meet Julia Mulligan at the Priory Street Centre to discuss a grant for a new project to help them carry out their work - Keeping York Safe For Disabled People.

Marije Davidson, YILN chair, says: “Disabled people’s fear of abuse, harassment and crime can keep them in their house or they avoid places in York. Too often, nothing is done about this – either because people don’t realise it is not acceptable or because they do not know what to do.

"We want to highlight their experiences and encourage reporting. Through this project, we will help local authorities to respond more effectively. In the end, we want the local community to stand up against abuse of disabled people and to increase disabled people’s confidence to go out, play an active role in their community and contribute even more to the local economy.”

Julia Mulligan said: “North Yorkshire currently ranks as the safest place in England. Nevertheless there is always more that can be done to help vulnerable people be safer and partake in society.

“York Independent Living Network is a well established group which is already doing a great deal to enable disabled people to be independent and participate fully in the community. With this grant, they will be able to do even more to understand and tackle a vicious form of hate crime that can severely affect confidence and impact its victims’ quality of life.”

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10:41am Mon 12 May 14

ian923 says...

Where does the grant come from? What are the criteria to be awarded the grant? Not much detail in the report but more publicity for PCC!
Where does the grant come from? What are the criteria to be awarded the grant? Not much detail in the report but more publicity for PCC! ian923
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11:27am Mon 12 May 14

petethefeet says...

I'm a little puzzled by this article. Having recently supported a disabled person through his successful appeal for Employment Support Allowance (ESA), the replacement for Incapacity Benefit, I would have expected that disabled groups should be aiming all their venom at the body truly responsible for 'abusing' Disabled people. I'm talking about the Government, the Department of 'Weasels and Polecats" (DWP) and their attack-dog, ATOS. Don't get me wrong, the system was previously abused and redress was needed. However, ATOS fail just about everybody and that leaves some very vulnerable people almost penniless for a year whilst their appeal is heard not to mention the extremely adversarial process that they have to go through again-and-again.
I'm a little puzzled by this article. Having recently supported a disabled person through his successful appeal for Employment Support Allowance (ESA), the replacement for Incapacity Benefit, I would have expected that disabled groups should be aiming all their venom at the body truly responsible for 'abusing' Disabled people. I'm talking about the Government, the Department of 'Weasels and Polecats" (DWP) and their attack-dog, ATOS. Don't get me wrong, the system was previously abused and redress was needed. However, ATOS fail just about everybody and that leaves some very vulnerable people almost penniless for a year whilst their appeal is heard not to mention the extremely adversarial process that they have to go through again-and-again. petethefeet
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11:45am Mon 12 May 14

Owain ap Llwyd says...

petethefeet wrote:
I'm a little puzzled by this article. Having recently supported a disabled person through his successful appeal for Employment Support Allowance (ESA), the replacement for Incapacity Benefit, I would have expected that disabled groups should be aiming all their venom at the body truly responsible for 'abusing' Disabled people. I'm talking about the Government, the Department of 'Weasels and Polecats" (DWP) and their attack-dog, ATOS. Don't get me wrong, the system was previously abused and redress was needed. However, ATOS fail just about everybody and that leaves some very vulnerable people almost penniless for a year whilst their appeal is heard not to mention the extremely adversarial process that they have to go through again-and-again.
I suggest that disabled people do not preach about their conditions
Rather, the decent abled people should look after the disabled folk, and speak out for them.
There is a matter in question regarding the Lendal Bridge closure. Alexander and his cabal/henchmen men and women ignored the supporters of disabled people, and failed to give them "free pass", like taxis had during the so-called "trial".
Decent people would have helped the disabled. Not Alexander.
Only another eleven months before the local , and counting down.
[quote][p][bold]petethefeet[/bold] wrote: I'm a little puzzled by this article. Having recently supported a disabled person through his successful appeal for Employment Support Allowance (ESA), the replacement for Incapacity Benefit, I would have expected that disabled groups should be aiming all their venom at the body truly responsible for 'abusing' Disabled people. I'm talking about the Government, the Department of 'Weasels and Polecats" (DWP) and their attack-dog, ATOS. Don't get me wrong, the system was previously abused and redress was needed. However, ATOS fail just about everybody and that leaves some very vulnerable people almost penniless for a year whilst their appeal is heard not to mention the extremely adversarial process that they have to go through again-and-again.[/p][/quote]I suggest that disabled people do not preach about their conditions Rather, the decent abled people should look after the disabled folk, and speak out for them. There is a matter in question regarding the Lendal Bridge closure. Alexander and his cabal/henchmen men and women ignored the supporters of disabled people, and failed to give them "free pass", like taxis had during the so-called "trial". Decent people would have helped the disabled. Not Alexander. Only another eleven months before the local , and counting down. Owain ap Llwyd
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11:54am Mon 12 May 14

petethefeet says...

@Owain ap Llwyd.
I understand what you mean. A civilised society should help unfortunates but once it gets enshrined into the idea of 'rights' then some use it to start 'demanding' and that puts peoples backs up. Tricky issue!
@Owain ap Llwyd. I understand what you mean. A civilised society should help unfortunates but once it gets enshrined into the idea of 'rights' then some use it to start 'demanding' and that puts peoples backs up. Tricky issue! petethefeet
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9:05pm Mon 12 May 14

Digeorge says...

Question have you addressed this to the hospital as well to stop abusing people that have a proper diagnosis? And also covering up for their mistakes?

I became a 'vulnerable adult' because of it. and the ignorance surrounding a genetic diagnosis and the medication that I am on. Thankfully, this has now been addressed by the consultants who decided to 'believe' me. Taken years to get to a frigging thyroid condition.

As for the lying ones, they deserved to be sacked as respecting my diagnosis comes to mind or rather lack of it, former consultants that I worked for to add insult to injury.

Actually one thing is for sure now the clinicians 'get' it ESA has not been the problem, actually I want a job. Nothing wrong with the skills or experience.

And do your Police Crime Commissioner actually support disabled applicants in the recruitment process and also in employment? Cos I have applied to your organisation as well! It's strange whom I have worked for in the past without the diagnosis but with the diagnosis appears to be 'a problem'! Top PA comes to mind for certain individuals!!! But appears to be an 'issue' with a box tick!!! Never mind!
Question have you addressed this to the hospital as well to stop abusing people that have a proper diagnosis? And also covering up for their mistakes? I became a 'vulnerable adult' because of it. and the ignorance surrounding a genetic diagnosis and the medication that I am on. Thankfully, this has now been addressed by the consultants who decided to 'believe' me. Taken years to get to a frigging thyroid condition. As for the lying ones, they deserved to be sacked as respecting my diagnosis comes to mind or rather lack of it, former consultants that I worked for to add insult to injury. Actually one thing is for sure now the clinicians 'get' it ESA has not been the problem, actually I want a job. Nothing wrong with the skills or experience. And do your Police Crime Commissioner actually support disabled applicants in the recruitment process and also in employment? Cos I have applied to your organisation as well! It's strange whom I have worked for in the past without the diagnosis but with the diagnosis appears to be 'a problem'! Top PA comes to mind for certain individuals!!! But appears to be an 'issue' with a box tick!!! Never mind! Digeorge
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9:11pm Mon 12 May 14

Digeorge says...

That also includes working for the likes of Ms Muligan in her diary management/email management/travel management etc and the like. I have actually worked for similar people in senior management.

So thinking of disabled people as 'dumb' or 'stupid' or 'going to have a lot of time off'' shouldn't be one of them, some of us have a degree already but not in a 'wheelchair' and actually work as a legal adviser at an advice organisation. I, for one, have 100% attendance at University, unlike some of my colleagues.

Guess discrimination in employment is 'rife' here in York!!
That also includes working for the likes of Ms Muligan in her diary management/email management/travel management etc and the like. I have actually worked for similar people in senior management. So thinking of disabled people as 'dumb' or 'stupid' or 'going to have a lot of time off'' shouldn't be one of them, some of us have a degree already but not in a 'wheelchair' and actually work as a legal adviser at an advice organisation. I, for one, have 100% attendance at University, unlike some of my colleagues. Guess discrimination in employment is 'rife' here in York!! Digeorge
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8:28pm Tue 13 May 14

gerry1962 says...

Unfortunates?! What century are we living in please?!
Unfortunates?! What century are we living in please?! gerry1962
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