Very sad news this month was the death of James Partridge, facial equality campaigner, and all-round wonderful man. His work gave huge support to those like James, with a facial difference, raised awareness and helped change public attitude.
"Changing Faces changed my life 20 years ago by listening to me through kind and sympathetic counselling, the first time in my life I was able to freely talk about my disfigurement. I was 40 years old. I dedicate the last 20 years of my ever increasing happiness and confidence to James. Rest in peace, kind Sir"
Caroline, August 26th, 2020
Read more about his remarkable life and achievements, and the fond memories so many people held for him:
James Partridge Obituary, Guardian
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On 18th August, the government announced new funding for disabled people working from home during the pandemic.
'New extensions to the scheme mean that you can get grant funding if you’re disabled and need support to work from home because of Covid-19, which can help pay for special equipment such as a screen reader or video remote interpreting or support worker services'.
Read More on .Gov
Great news! The BBC announced there will be a 6-part spin-off series to the A-Word, featuring Leon Harrop and Sarah Gordy.
The series, written by Peter Bowker and a team of emerging disabled writers, will follow the popular characters Ralph and Katie as they start life together as a new married couple.
"There is a remarkable tenderness here, between mother and child, an acceptance which is both beautiful and charming and heart-warming. The drawings offer a clarity, the voice of the child a purity, uncomplicated and direct. But of course what seals its success is the equally honest and pragmatic replies from the adult".
Chris Packham, Broadcaster, Environmentalist and Author
Available to pre-order:
If someone is unable to manage their own benefits, for example because they lack mental capacity or are severely disabled, you can apply for the right to manage a person’s benefits. An appointee is a person aged 18 or over, usually a family member or a friend, who has been chosen by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) or local authority to receive benefits on behalf of someone.
An appointee can also be an organisation or representative of an organisation. It is possible for a solicitor to be an appointee. Here at Boyes Turner, we often act as appointee for our clients who lack capacity to manage their own property and finances including their benefits...
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