Disability Access

Why The High Street Still Isn’t Doing Enough For Customers With Disabilities


  By David Styles in The Guardian.   In December, on International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) announced that the government was recruiting six “disability champions” to help “tackle the issues disabled people face as consumers”. One of these positions was reserved for a fashion disability champion who would, the DWP […]

Wheelchair Friendly Walks In Yorkshire


    From Fenetic Wellbeing.   Can you remember a sunny bank holiday? Us neither. But on the off-chance the heavens don’t open, we’ve put our heads together and come up with some cracking wheelchair friendly spots for a day out in Yorkshire. Can you remember a sunny bank holiday? Us neither. But on the […]

Government Announce Consultation For Mandatory Changing Places


    by Katie Campbell in Unite. The government have announced a consultation which will go ahead this year to examine proposals which will make it mandatory for newly build shopping centres, stadia, and theme parks to include Changing Places. Announced by Conservative MP Rishi Sunak on Christmas Eve, the proposal will ensure all newly built public […]

Things Like This Stop Me From Living My Life The Way I Want To


By julieannereynolds in Scope. Bal is a post graduate student at Staffordshire University, disability activist, former President of their Student Union and has Generalised Dystomia. In this blog Bal shares her campaign story to ensure taxi fares charge the same for all and how she helped change the law. In 2015 I led a campaign to […]

Roman Holiday: How Chester Became The Most Accessible City In Europe


      By Frances Ryan in The Guardian.   A step up to a restaurant and no threshold ramp in sight. A pub with its function room upstairs, making attending a friend’s birthday drinks impossible. A kerb that hasn’t been flattened, essentially imprisoning you in the road. To a wheelchair user, such as myself, […]

Sainsbury’s Trials New Sunflower Lanyard Initiative To Help Customers With Hidden Disabilities


    From Sainsbury’s website.   Sainsbury’s has announced the extension of a new trial to help enhance the shopping experience for customers with hidden disabilities. The trial enables customers with hidden disabilities to collect a lanyard which indicates to colleagues that extra support is needed Following a successful launch at Sainsbury’s Barnstaple store, the […]

Why Blackpool Is One Of The UK’s Great Accessible Holiday Destinations


  From Euan’s Guide.   The seaside resort is home to the country’s most-loved Changing Places toilet inside a waterpark that goes above and beyond to welcome disabled visitors, so it’s no wonder that Blackpool sits high on the list of must-visit accessible UK destinations. Add to that a wheelchair accessible tram whizzing back and […]

2019 Blue Badge Scheme: Everything You Need To Know About The Hidden Disability Changes


  By James Kelly in Contract Hire & Leasing.   The blue badge disabled parking scheme is undergoing its biggest shake-up since it was introduced in 1970, but what exactly will change? Last month, the Department for Transport (DfT) confirmed that from 2019, people with hidden disabilities will be granted access to the scheme too. […]

Video: Disabled Comedian Left Stranded By ‘Unacceptable’ Mistake At York Station

Tanyalee Davis

  From YorkMix.   A comedian who hit the headlines after being forced to move her mobility scooter from a disabled space on a train has had another railway nightmare – at York station. Tanyalee Davis said she was on a train from Peterborough to York to perform at the Greater Yorkshire Fringe on Friday […]

Tanyalee Davis: Disabled Comedian ‘Amazed’ By Support

Tanyalee Davis

From BBC News.   A comedian who criticised a train firm after she was “humiliated” for using a disabled space for her mobility scooter has thanked the public for their support. Tanyalee Davis, who lives in Norwich, said a Great Western Railway (GWR) service guard threatened to call the police if she did not leave […]

Free Bus Passes For Elderly And Disabled Protected ‘For The Foreseeable Future’


  From Welfare Weekly.   Free off-peak bus travel for older and disabled people in England will continue “for the foreseeable future”, after the Government amended legislation so that the concessions will no longer face a review every five years. Bus passengers aged over 65 or with a disability have been entitled to travel free […]

Get Wise To Flying With A Disablity


  From British Healthcare Trades Association.   Planning a holiday or travel as a disabled person or with a disabled family member can seem challenging. The question asked when it comes to offering travel options for people with disabilities or injuries is ‘how can travel change to positively benefit people’s lives and increase their independence?’ […]

Call For ‘Scores On The Doors’ Disability Access Ratings

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  From BBC News.   A “scores on the doors” system should be introduced to rate disabled access for surgeries, shops and restaurants, campaigners have said. About 2,000 people have signed a petition calling for premises to be rated 0-5, in a similar scheme to the food hygiene rating. Simon Green, who uses a wheelchair, […]

Americans With Disabilities Face Too Many Bumps In The Road


  From 1800wheelchair.com.   Our survey of Americans with disabilities revealed that: 28% encounter a barrier to a building, transportation or service once a week 20% encounter a barrier at least once a day 36% live in a home that is not wheelchair accessible; of this group: 70% have steps leading into the home 51% […]

Your Legal Rights To Accessible Transport


  From Research Institute for Consumer Affairs. (RICA).   Equality Act 2010   The Equality Act 2010 replaced all previous equality legislation, including the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 (DDA). It protects disabled people in all areas, including transport. Under the Act, transport providers have the duty to provide an accessible service and make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to […]

High Street Chains Exposed On Trip Out With Disabled Person


By Rhiannon Mills, Sky Correspondent. We go shopping with Will, who was paralysed in a terror attack, and witness the problems disabled shoppers face. A charity has warned that disabled people are being let down by high street retailers – and Sky News witnessed the problems they face first-hand during a shopping trip with a […]

Have You Been Unable To Shop Due To Poor Accessibility ?


    By Lottie Jackson in The Guardian.   We want to hear from less-abled people who have experienced difficulties with poor access when shopping in high-street or luxury fashion stores. Britain’s 11.9 million disabled people represent a potentially large untapped consumer market with a perceived spending power of £80bn, yet many clothes shops are completely […]

10 Of The Best UK Festivals Offering Disabled Access

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    From Music Festival News.   Attitude is Everything rightly believe that disabled and hearing impaired people should be able to take part independently in live music events. Their Charter Awards acknowledge developments through a three-step process represented as bronze, silver and gold. Music Festival News shares the belief that disabled access information for festivals should […]

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