Rising Hate Crimes Against People with Disabilities Despite Low-to-No Charges

(Derbyshire, England) Hate crimes against disabled people have soared to shocking levels in Derbyshire, but only a handful of suspects have been charged. Between April 2021 and March 2022, 279 disability-based hate crimes were recorded in Derbyshire, up 32.9% from 210 reports in the previous year. Furthermore, just under half – 49.8% – of disability hate crimes […]

People with Disabilities Left Out of Climate Planning

Scott

Scott has used a wheelchair her entire life; she was born with a disability. Even when the weather is calm in New Orleans she is reluctant to leave home to visit friends or go out to shop or eat, because places outside her house can’t guarantee that she’ll be able to maneuver even basic things […]

Boarding House for Homeless Site of Abuse and Neglect of People with Disabilities

Stanmore boarding house

From SBS News Australia: A woman with disability was drugged, raped, hit by staff and deprived of food while living in a Sydney boarding house, a royal commission examining homelessness has been told. Charlotte, 61, was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager and has lived in about a dozen hospitals and state-run institutions in NSW […]

Sexual Assault Against People with Disabilities Unlikely to Reach Courts

(Tasmania, Australia) A state sexual abuse support service says reports to police of sexual violence against Tasmanians with a disability are often not prosecuted in court. The sexual Assault Support Service chief executive said 25 per cent of women with a disability had experience some form of sexual violence compared to 15 per cent of […]

Disability Royal Commission hosting first all-indigenous hearing

The Disability Royal Commission was established in April 2019 in response to community concern about widespread reports of violence against, and the neglect, abuse and exploitation of, people with disability. The hearing will be held in Brisbane and will focus on the challenges and concerns Indigenous parents face living with a disability. According to prior research and […]

Racial Bias in police killings of older people with disabilities

People with disabilities are 16 times more likely to be killed from police than non-disabled people. However, this is an average among those with disabilities. If you are a Black man over age 54 the likelihood is even higher. A study was published in the journal, Annals of Epidemiology, that focused on the inequities of […]

Police Reform Bill Signed into Law in California

People with disabilities are disproportionately affected by police killings. Today Governor Newsom of California signed a bill into law “that requires the California Attorney General to investigate police killings of unarmed civilians, removing the duty from local officials.” This will make police more accountable for their actions. While this is a step in the right […]