There are more than 6000 known rare diseases and over 30 million people living daily with them. 28th February marks Rare Disease Day 2018, a date that highlights awareness around these conditions and the need for more research into them. Private cord blood company, Smart Cells, has chosen to support Rare Disease Day this year by running a social media campaign across their platforms.
Essex is championing employment opportunities for disabled people and aiming to find jobs for hundreds of residents.
Essex County Council has pledged to become one of Britain’s first accredited employers under the Department for Work and Pension’s nationwide Disability Confident campaign, and is now challenging other Essex businesses to close the disability employment gap.
We want disabled people to make up at least 7.5% of the council’s workforce by 2018, from 300 to 500 employees.
The county’s first candidate, Chelsey Reynolds, impressed so much during three weeks’ work experience at County Hall, Chelmsford, that she secured a full-time role as a Communications Officer – something she previously thought was out of reach.
A brand new service for visually impaired adults with complex needs has opened its doors to residents.
Allermuir, a specially designed care home in The Inch, Edinburgh, has been set up by Scottish charity, Royal Blind.
The home is an extension of the charity’s adult services, building upon the success of its Forward Vision service for people with multiple disabilities and visual impairment aged 17-25.
Allermuir will provide a home for life and community-based supported living with an excellent quality of care for adults with sight loss and complex needs aged 17 and over.
And now all four of Allermuir’s residents have moved into the care home.