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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 […]

The York Access Group

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Just to let you know that The York Access and Mobility Club has been renamed The York Access Group. This group will be working with others in the York area to improve disability access to amenities in York, so that we can all enjoy our beautiful city to the full, and to not be restricted […]

‘We Knew We Were Experiencing Something Special’ – York Band Release ‘Stunning’ Debut Album

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  By David Nicholson in YorkMix.   To mark the release of Human Contact, the debut album by York band The Howl & The Hum, David Nicholson takes a listen and remembers where, for him, it all began Wednesday night for me is the quiz with Tom Adams in the chair at The Swan in Bishy Road, […]

Harrogate Charity Urges Businesses Coming Out Of Lockdown To Consider Disabled People In Pre-opening Preparations

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  From The Yorkshire Times.   A Harrogate charity is urging businesses coming out of lockdown to consider the needs of disabled people in their pre-opening preparations. And for those opening their doors this coming Monday (June 1) – and in two weeks’ time – Disability Action Yorkshire has published guidance on how to achieve […]

Shock As Minster FM To Close – To Be Replaced By A National Greatest Hits Station

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  From YorkMix. York radio station Minster FM is to close, it was revealed today (Wednesday). The station will be absorbed into the Hits Radio Brand Network, its owners Bauer Media announced. Many of the staff at the Dunnington-based company have been put on redundancy notice today – including most of the presenters.   To […]

Bus Company Forced To Act After Campaigner’s Wheelchair Space Victory

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A disabled campaigner has secured an “important victory” that has forced a transport company to bring in new measures to protect the rights of wheelchair-users to use buses. Wheelchair-user Nina Grant, from north London, began legal action against Arriva after repeatedly being left on the pavement […]

“A Little Slice Of Normality In A Very Crazy World” – How Off-Road Dog Walking Is Providing Solace In Lockdown

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    From TGA Mobility.   On a morning, one thing is as cyclical as the sunrise – cocker spaniels Tyler and Maya will be roaming the outdoors on their daily walk, followed by Lisa Vesty on her trusty TGA Vita S. Lisa isn’t alone of course. Indeed when the lockdown started, the other dog walkers […]

Volunteering From Home – Flexible, Inclusive Opportunities For All

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From The Life of Pippa Blog.   I firmly believe that there’s no such thing as too many acts of kindness. In light of our current circumstances, it’s been so heartwarming to see that a decent proportion of the general public are shining bright and coming forward to volunteer, doing all they can to help […]

Saved ? York pub Earmarked For Demolition Could Be Turned Into A Drive-Thru Coffee Shop

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  From YorkMix.   A pub near York that was set to be demolished could now enjoy a new lease of life as a drive-thru coffee shop. Punch Partnerships Ltd, which owns the Four Alls Inn on the A64, wanted to tear it down and replace it with five houses. The plan drew criticism from the York […]

Coronavirus: Council ‘Tells Social Workers To Stop All Their Usual Work’

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A local authority apparently told its social workers to “stop all their usual work” until the coronavirus crisis was over, even before emergency powers to reduce their duties under the Care Act became law. The controversial Coronavirus Act, which became law last Wednesday (25 March), suspended […]

Coronavirus: Lack Of Engagement With DPOs ‘Has Led To Bad Policies’

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The government is facing claims that its continuing and repeated refusal to consult with disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) has contributed to its failure to protect disabled people’s rights in responding to the coronavirus crisis. Successive governments since 2012 have been criticised for their failure to engage […]

Using A Service: Reasonable Adjustments For Disabled People

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  From the Equality and Human Rights Commission.   Equality law recognises that bringing about equality for disabled people may mean changing the way in which services are delivered, providing extra equipment and/or the removal of physical barriers. This is the ‘duty to make reasonable adjustments’. A duty is something someone must do, in this […]

Bus Pass Restrictions Relaxed In North Yorkshire

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  By Karen Lie in Yorkshire Coast Radio.   Restrictions on the use of bus passes in North Yorkshire have been relaxed to help pass holders to take advantage of early morning shopping opportunities and medical appointments. North Yorkshire County Council have temporarily enhanced their National Concessionary Travel Scheme to enable pass holders to use […]

The Long-Forgotten Leeds Theme Park And Zoo That Only Opened For Six Years

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By Kristian Johnson in Leeds Live.   Leeds was once home to a massive theme park based on grand designs from Coney Island in New York. The giant theme park was built in Golden Acre Park, north Leeds, in March 1932 and opened to huge fanfare. And while it was built to resemble the impressive amusement parks […]

Does Britain Have A Transport Accessibility Problem ?

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  By BY BONNIE EVIE GIFFORD in Happiful.   Accessing public transport should be simple, shouldn’t it? Yet thousands face delays, inequalities in access, a lack of support and understanding. Enough is enough Whether we’re talking about your daily commute or venturing further afield, it’s hard to deny: travel can be stressful at the best of times. Overcrowding, […]

Community Support Groups Spring Up In York To Help People Affected During The Coronavirus Outbreak

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    From YorkMix.   Community spirit is alive and well in York in the time of Covid-19. Groups are being set up to help fellow residents affected by coranavirus. There is now a York Covid-19 Mutual Aid group, with the aim of supporting vulnerable people in the city through the outbreak. George Turner explained more on the […]

I Want To Work Out But Most Gyms Don’t Cater For People Like Me

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By Samantha Renke in the Metro.   I remember sitting in the cafeteria of my first ever job in London. I’d moved down from a quintessentially Northern, rural town to pursue the bright lights and see what the capital had to offer. As I sat nibbling on my peanut butter sandwich, I asked the lady opposite […]

York Station Is Second Worst For Reliability – And These Are Its Most Cancelled Trains

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  From YorkMix.   York’s least reliable trains have been revealed. And it won’t come as a great surprise to regular rail passengers that the honours are shared by TransPennine Express and Northern. An investigation into rail reliability by The Sunday Times, based on figures compiled by On Time Trains, has found that northern travellers fare the worst […]

York Carers Centre

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Welcome to the March 2020 news update for York Carers Centre.   News Carers socials for 26 to 40 (ish) year olds We’re delighted to have received funding to offer socials for 26 to 40 year old carers in York. Our next one is at the Escape Room, Micklegate on Thursday 26 March early evening […]

New Disabled-Friendly Lift To Be Installed At The Acropolis By Summer 2020

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      From Greek City Times. The historical Acropolis in the Greek capital is set to receive a new lift by summer 2020 after the Central Archaeological Council (KAS) approved plans for the project which will now enable improved disabled access to the ancient site and popular attraction. The KAS had agreed last year to replace a repeatedly […]

Mum Launches Petition To Reopen Historic York Shop

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  From YorkMix. A mum whose dream of reopening an historic York shop could be dashed by planners has launched a petition to support her cause. Last August Sara Winlow bought the property which used to house South Bank Stores on Balmoral Terrace, close to the racecourse. The shop had long since closed, and she […]

It Can Be Hard For Men Of My Generation To Talk About Their Feelings

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By Mandy Appleyard in The Telegraph.   Older people face a crisis of loneliness but even a quick chat can make a big, big difference. Here’s how JJ and Steve formed a connection through Age UK Bromley and Greenwich JJ, 80, is a retired construction worker from Eltham in London When my wife Madeleine died, […]

Labour Leadership: Starmer Backs Calls For Free Social Care

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The MP leading the race to be Labour’s next leader has become the first candidate to back calls by disabled people’s groups for the introduction of free social care, funded by national progressive taxation. Sir Keir Starmer, Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary, said he supported the motion passed […]

To Those Who Find My Illness ‘Hard To Understand’ When They See Me Smiling

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    By Tiffany Early in The Mighty.   My husband and I had a conversation about how others perceive my illness the other day. It wasn’t a confrontational conversation — it was more the random musings that happen when you’re waiting for dinner to come out of the oven. Joe mentioned that a mutual friend had once […]

Miles Without Stiles Easy Routes

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    From Lake District National Park.   What are Miles without Stiles? These are 48 routes across the National Park suitable for people with limited mobility, including wheelchair users, families with pushchairs, and the visually impaired. Use the interactive map below to explore the routes available or choose from the menu on the left. Distances […]

Smartphones Are Introducing Tech That Makes The World More Accessible For People With Disabilities

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By Erin Magner in Well and Good.   It’s easy to throw shade at smartphones for all the ways they suck us in, burn us out, and keep us up at night. But let’s not forget that our constant computerized companions have many qualities worth celebrating, too. For starters, they’re helping to make life easier for people with disabilities. […]

Scope Accused Of ‘Exploitation’ After Seeking Disabled Writer To Work For Free

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A disability charity has been accused of “exploitative” and “disgraceful” behaviour after asking disabled journalists to write an article for its website without payment. The charity Scope sent out a message on social media this week seeking a “disability blogger” who could write an article […]

Popular York Restaurant To Take Over City Centre Shop

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    By Chloe Laversuch in YorkMix. A popular city centre restaurant is set to expand into a neighbouring shop. Ate O’Clock on High Ousegate has applied for planning permission to take over the former Joy store next door to its entrance. If the proposals go ahead, the company would create a new deli shop […]

Book Exposes ‘Horrifying’ Levels Of Abuse Faced By Disabled People On Public Transport

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A new book by a disabled researcher has detailed the “horrifying” levels of disability hate crime that take place every day on public transport across the UK. David Wilkin says the results of his research are “sometimes startling and almost always distressing” and illustrate the “ongoing […]

5 Tips For Making Your Christmas Party Accessible

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  By Kerry Thompson in AccessAble.   Disability blogger and campaigner Kerry Thompson, who has Muscular Dystrophy and uses a wheelchair, gives us her top 5 tips for making Christmas parties accessible. December is here! The shops are filled with Christmas Trees and decorations, the bars and restaurants are advertising booking Christmas parties, it’s a […]

Lewisham Commission Hopes To Put Disabled People At Heart Of Decision-Making

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A local authority has become the second in London to set up an independent, user-led commission to investigate the barriers faced by disabled residents. Lewisham Disabled People’s Commission (LDPC) will be led by disabled people and will examine organisational, attitudinal and physical barriers faced by disabled […]

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