Thistle Assistance Webinar, Monday 11 May

Thistle Assistance Webinar, Monday 11 May In partnership with The South East of Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran), we hosted a webinar about the Thistle Assistance Card and App, an initiative to help disabled people feel safer and more comfortable when using public transport. View the webinar:
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update Following the latest Government guidelines, Disability Equality Scotland continues to operate during this time with staff working remotely Our upcoming Disability Roadshow events will be postponed until further notice. In the meantime, we will explore different formats for delivering roadshows, such as offering digital events via a webinar platform and conference calling.  We want to assure you that the safety and well-being of our members, Access Panels and wider contacts is a top priority. Please stay safe and follow the latest Government guidelines. Disability Equality Scotland
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Aberdeen Accessible Travel Event

Aberdeen Accessible Travel Event We are pleased to announce that we are hosting an Accessible Transport event in Aberdeen on 19 February 2020 at Jury’s Inn Hotel Aberdeen on Guild Street, between 12pm – 3pm. The aim of this event is to bring together representatives from equality groups with transport providers to discuss specific issues relating to travel and transport around the local area. If you would like to attend, sign up online using Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2uh3lUe Or call our office on: 0141 370 0968
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Festive Opening Hours

Festive Opening Hours Our office will be closed for the festive period after 23 December and will reopen on Monday 6 January. Big thanks to all our members, Access Panels and followers for your support throughout the year. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2020!
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Disability Equality Scotland Launch Hate Crime Charter Pilot!

Disability Equality Scotland Launch Hate Crime Charter Pilot! Disability Equality Scotland is delighted to be working with Stagecoach East as part of a pilot programme on behalf of Transport Scotland, designed to tackle hate crime on public transport. Transport Scotland’s Hate Crime Working Group, led by Disability Equality Scotland have conducted a series of public consultations on the topic, which led to the creation of a Hate Crime Charter. The Charter sets out our stance on Hate Crime. Stagecoach East believes that everyone has the right to travel safely and any aggressive, bullying or harassing behaviour will not be tolerated
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We have moved!

We have moved! Disability Equality Scotland are delighted to announce that we have moved office from Alloa to Glasgow. The new premises offer us a centrally accessible location in Scotland, as well as modern conference and training facilities on our doorstep where we hope to host events and welcome more visitors to see us in Glasgow. Our new address is: Disability Equality Scotland Suite 204B The Pentagon Centre 36 Washington Street Glasgow G3 8AZ Our telephone number has also changed to: 0141 370 0968 All emails remain the same: admin@disabilityequality.scot Kind regards James
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Disability Equality Scotland scoops prize celebrating Inclusive Communication

Disability Equality Scotland scoops prize celebrating Inclusive Communication Disability Equality Scotland is celebrating its recent success at the Sensory and Equality Awards 2019, held in Glasgow on Friday 15 March 2019.     The Awards followed a successful conference held jointly by deafscotland and Disability Equality Scotland to showcase inclusive communication and ensuring that communication really is for all. We were runner-up in the category ‘Multi-sensory and inclusive communication approach to communication in Scotland’ which was sponsored by STV Signpost. Scottish Parliament Public Information and Resources won the category. We were acknowledged for our work in promoting inclusive communication.  As hosts
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Edinburgh Fringe D/deaf Focus Group

As part of the Fringe Society’s commitment to increasing the accessibility of the festival, we would like to talk to those with a background in BSL performance and/or D/deaf participants and/or audience members.  This would involve a focus group session so we can learn from D/deaf people’s expertise and experience in this area. Possible topics for discussion could include: Previous experience at the Fringe The accessibility, and any issues, finding Fringe-related information. Technological resources at the Fringe. What shows appeal to you, and what shows (other than BSL or captioned performances) would be accessible for D/deaf audiences? What changes and/or
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Social Security Experience Panels: Personal Independence Payment Discovery – Visual Summary of Research Findings

The Scottish Government will become responsible for some of the benefits currently delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) including Personal Independence Payment Scotland’s historic new social security system is based on dignity, fairness and respect. It has been developed by listening to people who receive benefits via Experience Panels. A  new report has been published which summarises the results of the Personal Independence Payment Discovery Research which took place in late 2017 and early 2018 with a number of Experience Panel members and others. To view the findings of the report please click here
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Extra financial support for carers

Extra financial support for carers Scotland’s new public service to make first social security payments.  Carers will receive the first payments of the new Carer’s Allowance Supplement from mid-September, back-dated to April. This new benefit will be paid twice a year by Social Security Scotland, the first major new public service to be created since devolution. Eligible carers will get a supplementary payment of £221, equivalent of an extra £8.50 per week, an increase of 13% on Carer’s Allowance from the Department of Work and Pensions. Cabinet Secretary for Social Security, Shirley-Anne Somerville, said: “Making these payments will represent a
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