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Don’t Think Disabled People Have It Easy Because We Get ‘Perks’

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        By Samantha Renke in The Metro.   ‘But you get free parking, and you get to jump to the front of the queue. What about those nice big toilets, they can’t be all that bad, hey?’ These are just some of the comments I’ve had over the years as a disabled […]

An Accessible Railway Would Get More Than 50,000 Disabled People Into Work

RAIL Branson 1...Handout picture released Tuesday June 5, 2001 of a Voyager diesel train which Sir Richard Branson hopes will kick start a "rail renaissance".  He hopes that the new 125 mph trains will drastically cut journey times on Virgin Rail's two routes - West Coast main line and CrossCountry (correct).  Complete with airline-style audio entertainment at every seat, the Voyager trains are being introduced initially on the CrossCountry Birmingham-Reading-Brighton route to beat heavy road congestion in the area.  The trains, which have an on-board shop to replace the old-style buffet, will carry passengers on a local shuttle service between Birmingham and Reading and from July 22 they will become part of the Birmingham-Brighton timetable.  See PA story RAIL Branson.  PA photo: Handout/Virgin.

  From Disability Horizons. An accessible rail system must be prioritised as part of the economic recovery from Covid-19, says disability charity Leonard Cheshire. At present, 41% of railway stations in Britain are still not step-free and the Government is still set to miss its 2030 target on creating step-free journeys for disabled people by 40 years […]

Campaigner’s Research Shows Rail Access Information Is Often ‘Wildly Inaccurate’

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Information used by disabled passengers to check if a rail station is accessible is frequently “wildly inaccurate”, and often leads them to book travel to and from stations they cannot access, according to new research. The research by disabled campaigner and access expert Doug Paulley shows that the accuracy […]

Former Radio York Journalist Turned BBC Boss Axes Popular Presenters From The Station

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  From YorkMix.   BBC Radio York is facing major cutbacks as the corporation aims to make £25 million of savings. Under the plans the BBC is to cut 450 jobs in its English regional TV news and current affairs, local radio and online news. Look North will have just one presenter and Radio York will have just three daytime […]

#Walking From Home: The Wheelchair User

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    Caroline lives in a seaside town in England and is a member of one of our Local Groups of volunteers.  As a wheelchair user, Caroline is passionate about improving streets and the access to them for everyone. In normal times, Caroline’s favourite things are being with friends, volunteering and seeing the sea. Here she […]

#Walkingfromhome: The Wheelchair User

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  From Living Streets. Caroline lives in a seaside town in England and is a member of one of our Local Groups of volunteers.  As a wheelchair user, Caroline is passionate about improving streets and the access to them for everyone. In normal times, Caroline’s favourite things are being with friends, volunteering and seeing the […]

York City Prepare Bootham Crescent To Welcome Back Fans

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  From YorkMix Sport.   York City are ready to ‘grasp with both hands’ the opportunity to bring fans back to games. When England comes out of lockdown, stadiums are to be allowed to welcome limited numbers of spectators, if they are in a Tier 1 or 2 area. Stadiums in Tier 1 will be […]

Why Do We Need To highlight Disability History Month ?

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  By Gem Turner in WheelAir.   At the time of posting this, it’s Disability History Month in the UK. It’s not very widely known – and when I talk about it, it gets a lot of questions from people. The main one is something like “it’s quite good for disabled people now though isn’t […]

When Spaces Are Made Accessible For Disabled People, Everyone Benefits

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  By Samantha Renke in the Metro.   I have a confession: I seem to have fallen out of love with London, something I never thought would (or even could) happen. Having moved to the Big Smoke almost nine years ago to follow my dreams and live independently, I imagined spending the rest of my adult […]

City Of York Council Ban Blue Badge Holders From City Centre

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  There are approximately 49,058 cities, towns and villages in the UK. The disabled spend is around £212 billion per year. I wonder how many of these places have banned Blue Badge holders from their centres stopping them spending some of that money with struggling retailers? York has..

Your Shoes

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  From YorkMix. Your Shoes will invite audiences to explore York from the perspectives of different York citizens. How is it to go shopping as a mother? How does someone with a disability experience the city? How does a Refugee experience York differently compared to someone who has lived here their entire lives? Through asking […]

Councils Face Calls To Re-Think COVID Streetscape Changes

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  By TJM in Disability News Service.   Local authorities in England and Wales are facing calls to re-think the “streetscape” changes being made in response to COVID-19, amid concerns that the new street infrastructure is making parts of towns and cities inaccessible to many disabled people. Disabled people and their organisations have previously warned that many […]

Blue Badge Eligibility – Update September 2020

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  From Independent Living.   If you are a Blue Badge holder, and you have been struggling to find an unoccupied disabled parking bay, it is probably not surprising. According to data obtained from Freedom of Information requests made by confused.com, there are 38 badge holders per parking space… Since the welcome extension of Blue […]

The York Disability Rights Forum

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  At the request of York Independent Living Network, we’re supporting the development of a disabled person-led forum for anyone living or working in York who identifies as disabled or as having a disability. We aim to ensure that the Forum is led by, and open to, people and allies from right across a range of […]

Parks And Green Spaces Are Important For Our Mental Health – But We Need To Make Sure That Everyone Can Benefit

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    By Wendy Masterson, Hannah Carver and Tessa Parkes in The Conversation.   How does walking through a forest make you feel? Peaceful? Blissful? Reflective? For many people, lockdown brought a new appreciation of nature and what it means for our well-being. The health benefits of immersing ourselves in “greenspace” are now widely accepted. […]

What Would A Truly Disabled-Accessible City Look Like ?

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By Saba Salman in The Guardian.   Most cities are utterly unfriendly to people with disabilities – but with almost one billion estimated to be urban-dwellers by 2050, a few cities are undergoing a remarkable shift To David Meere, a visually impaired man from Melbourne, among the various obstacles to life in cities is another that is less […]

Blackpool Illuminations To Pay Tribute To The Corona Heroes

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  By Graham Clark in The Yorkshire Times.   Blackpool’s 2020 Illuminations will feature a special tribute to the heroes of COVID-19 with a dazzling display of hearts and rainbows along the famous Golden Mile. The section, which will also feature the faces of 50 nominated “Corona Heroes”, pays homage to the extraordinary efforts of […]

Coronavirus: Disabled People Face Discrimination From COVID Traffic Schemes

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Councils and other public bodies across England are failing to consult disabled people before approving “discriminatory” measures designed to aid social distancing and encourage cyclists and pedestrians, say campaigners. They have warned that public bodies are ignoring their duties under the Equality Act, and are making […]

The York ME TGA Inter-Company Fantasy Football League

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The York ME TGA Inter-Company Fantasy Football League   The York ME Community runs an Inter-Company Fantasy Football League sponsored by TGA Mobility.  This is to help raise awareness of the illness that affects around 250,00 people in the UK, and 800 to 1,000 people of all ages in the York area alone. Companies enjoyed […]

Changing Places Toilets For Disabled People To Be Compulsory

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  From BBC News. Large accessible toilets for severely disabled people – known as Changing Places – will be made compulsory for new buildings in England from 2021. Shopping centres, supermarkets, sports and arts venues will be required to include at least one Changing Place, a government spokesman said. The facilities include hoists, changing benches […]

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