The reading room

Callum April 13, 2013 0
The reading room

A selection of the some of the interesting stories and articles that have caught our eye this past week…

– Needless to say, the death of a certain former British Prime Minister has been dominating the headlines and comment pages this week. But for all that’s been said regarding Margaret Thatcher’s policies and long-term impact on both domestic and foreign politics, as Simon Denegri points out in an astutely linked blog post, the Alzheimer’s that affected her later years has been rather less remarked upon.

– Lara Masters discusses her involvement with Esther McVey’s initiative to get more disabled people into work: “I think she can already see the benefits of putting me on the panel; at our initial meeting of business leaders, recruiters and DWP (Department for Work and Pensions) staff, I suggested heavy fines/imprisonment for employers with a workforce of 100 or more who fail to enlist the skills of a representational portion of disabled employees (10 per cent) – problem solved.

– This week also saw the passing of Annette Funicello, who became a childhood star on US television after being hand-picked by Walt Disney, and did much to raise awareness of MS after being diagnosed with the condition in the late 80s.

– Here’s a forthright think piece, and no mistake. Spiked Online editor Brendan O’Neill writes in the Mail on the perils of ‘welfarism’.

– And here’s an equally spirited piece from the opposite end of the spectrum, courtesy of the alternative culture site, The Quietus.

– Sometimes the headline simply says it all. Via Disability Horizons, Jury Service: you’d think it would be accessible, right?

As the Huffington Post observes, the key  thing about accessible home design is that it really is for everyone – and in the years to come, demand for it is is only likely to rise…

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