New Webinar Announcement: Disability Hate Crime – Tuesday 12 October, 1:30pm – 3:00pm

New Webinar Announcement: Disability Hate Crime – Tuesday 12 October, 1:30pm – 3:00pm Join Disability Equality Scotland on Tuesday 12 October, 1:30pm – 3:00pm as we host a webinar discussion about disability hate crime. In June 2021, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service released its latest report ‘Hate Crime in Scotland, 2020-21’ showing that the number of hate crimes relating to disability had increased by 14% to 448.  This is the highest number of charges reported since the legislation creating this aggravation came into force in 2010.  The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service maintain that around 97% of
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August Newsletter Out Now!

The latest edition of the Disability Equality Scotland newsletter is out now! Our monthly newsletter brings you the latest news, information, and surveys about disability, from decision makers and Disabled People’s Organisations across Scotland. In this month’s issue you will find: CEO Welcome: Introduction by Morven Brooks News and Information: Ferries for All: NorthLink Customer Experience Survey, Easing Lockdown Restrictions, Vaccines for Young People, One-Stop Hub for Eye Care Health Launched, SCLD Launch Human Rights App, Euan’s Guide Access Survey, Birds of Paradise Young Artists 2021, STV News – Help Increase Disabled Representation Events: Free Training to Stay Safe Online, Watch –
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Watch Now: Return to Public Transport Webinar

Watch Now: Return to Public Transport Webinar Watch Disability Equality Scotland host a webinar discussion on the return to public transport. As restrictions ease even further, disabled people shared their thoughts and concerns about returning to public transport. During the webinar representatives from ScotRail, First Bus and NorthLink Ferries explained what disabled passengers can expect from their service and what measures are in place to keep passengers safe. This was a great opportunity to highlight what can be done to ensure disabled people feel confident and supported throughout their return to public transport. The webinar was recorded live on Thursday
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Sunflower Lanyard: Not Every Disability is Visible

Sunflower Lanyard: Not Every Disability is Visible The Sunflower Lanyard doesn’t mean face mask exempt – it’s much more than that. 80% of disabilities are hidden. From autism to anxiety disorders or visual impairments, there are many reasons why people might need more support that others cannot see. The Sunflower Lanyard is a discrete indicator of hidden disabilities like these, to help explain that someone might need assistance, more time or simply just understanding. More people than ever know about the Sunflower Lanyard scheme, though it doesn’t mean mask-exemption for everyone. The Sunflower is here for anyone that chooses to
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Volunteers Week: Disability Equality Scotland Director Focus

Volunteers Week 2021: Our Board of Trustees We greatly appreciate the knowledge, skills and lived experience that our Board of Trustees bring to Disability Equality Scotland. Our Convener Linda Bamford and Vice-Convener Dorothy McKinney share their experiences on what they have gained from volunteering as part of our Board of Trustees. Director Focus: Linda Bamford – Convener I returned to volunteering after early medical retirement from my 34 year career with NHS Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service. I retired due to a spinal cord injury, resulting in me being a wheelchair user, managing complications of Cauda Equina Syndrome and
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Accessible Manifestos for the 2021 Scottish Parliament Elections

2021 Scottish Parliament Election: What are Political Parties Pledging for Disabled People? A manifesto is a publication issued by a political party before an election. It contains the set of policies that the party stands for and would wish to implement if elected to govern. When political parties publish their manifestos, they should make sure accessible formats are available at the same time. The Manifesto Tracker highlight the accessible formats of manifestos published by the five political parties elected in the last Scottish Parliament. Disability Equality Scotland will continue to update the tracker when the formats become available. View the
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New National Hate Crime Charter for Public Transport Launched 

New National Hate Crime Charter for Public Transport Launched Today (Wednesday 24 March 2021) we are proud to launch the National Hate Crime Charter for public transport. All people using public transport networks in Scotland have the right to be free from hate crime, prejudice, bullying or harassment. The purpose of the Hate Crime Charter is to encourage transport providers, members of the public and other services to support a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime and encourage the reporting of incidents. Disability Equality Scotland developed the Hate Crime Charter in partnership with Transport Scotland, the South-East Scotland Transport Partnership (SESTran),
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Disability Hustings Event 2021, Wednesday 17 March from 10am-12pm

Disability Hustings Event 2021, Wednesday 17 March from 10am-12pm Disability Equality Scotland is pleased to announce that we are hosting an online Disability Hustings event in partnership with the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) via Zoom on Wednesday 17 March 2021 from 10am-12pm.  Ahead of this year’s Scottish Parliament elections, representatives from the main political parties in Scotland will discuss a range of topics affecting disabled people. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to ask the candidates questions. The Disability Hustings event will be chaired by Pennie Taylor, an award-winning freelance journalist and broadcaster who specialises in health and
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Access Panel Conference, Thursday 25 February 2021, 10:30am-1:00-pm

Access Panel Conference, Thursday 25 February 2021, 10:30am-1:00-pm We are pleased to announce that this year’s Access Panel Conference will take place virtually on Thursday 25 February and will be themed on Digital Participation and Inclusion. Access Panels are groups of volunteers who work together to improve physical access and wider social inclusion in their local communities.  As the umbrella body for Access Panels in Scotland, Disability Equality Scotland offers support and training opportunities to help Access Panels operate more efficiently, link together as a network and learn from each other. Our keynote speech will be delivered by Monica Lennon
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Face Covering Exemptions: Disabled People Left Distressed as Supermarkets Refuse Entry

Face Covering Exemptions: Disabled People Left Distressed as Supermarkets Refuse Entry Disability Equality Scotland is deeply concerned by the influx in calls and messages that we have received from distressed members of the public who are being refused entry to supermarkets for not wearing a face covering, despite being exempt due to their disability or health condition. A number of supermarkets recently announced they would ban people without face coverings from their stores, regardless of the Scottish Government guidance, which clearly states that there are situations where some people are unable to wear a face covering. Access to food is
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