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Research Fellow in User Needs Analysis Do you have a strong background in qualitative research with an interest in the rights of disabled people to access assistive technology? Would you like to work as part of a multidisciplinary European consortium working to improve Independent Living for Deafblind People? Deafblindness – the combination of hearing and…
The Centre for Disability Studies is delighted to announce that it has a new member. Professor Gerard Quinn joined the School of Law at the University of Leeds in January. Gerard is a leading authority on international disability law and will be known to many people as the founder and, now former, Director of the…
Dr Beverley Clough (School of Law) has started a new project called ‘The Spaces of Mental Capacity Law‘ funded by a fellowship from the Independent Social Research Foundation. Beverley’s project seeks to reinvigorate debates in mental capacity law, and disability more broadly, through interrogating the key concepts and binaries that currently frame and constrain legal…
On 16-17 November, members of the EU’s Academic Network of European Disability experts (ANED) held its tenth annual meeting in Brussels. Policy researchers representing 35 European countries met with advisors from the disability movement, policy makers and staff from the European Commission to discuss the progress and current challenges in evidence-based policy making. Copies of…
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has published three reports of evidence on the right to independent community living. This includes evidence developed for FRA in research on statistical outcome indicators by Professor Mark Priestley and Stefanos Grammenos, as well as evidence collected by other researchers and legal Opinion from the FRA. The right…
  Dr Rune Halvorsen joined the CDS as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow, to conduct research on the political rights and participation of disabled people and their organisations in a selection of European countries. The fellowship is based in the School of Sociology and Social Policy. Rune has extensive international experience, especially in research and innovation funded…
For many decades the University of Leeds has played a pioneering role in global disability studies. Its Centre for Disability Studies brings together scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines across the University, from transport studies to social policy, human geography to healthcare, business and law. This multidisciplinary work continues to challenge socially-created barriers…
from : http://www.aboutaccess.co.uk/access-news/enforcement-is-key-on-equality-act/ ‘Enforcement is key on Equality Act’ April 28, 2016 Lawyers, campaigners, peers and academics have spoken of how disabled people can find it almost impossible to enforce their rights to equality, six years after the introduction of the Equality Act. They were speaking at a seminar in London – organised by the…
CDS hosted a seminar on ‘Disabled People’s Access to Finance and Control of Money’. Disabled people often face particular problems gaining access to money and exercising freedom in using it. The seminar provided an exchange of recent research and developments regarding: hate crime and financial abuse, gendered financial abuse and plans for the expansion of universal credit, law…
As an initiative of the Latvian Presidency of the EU, high level representatives of the 28 governments of the EU Member States and representatives of disabled people’s organisations are meeting in Riga this week to discuss progress on implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) with a focus on…