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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Festive Opening Hours

Festive Opening Hours Our office will be closed for the festive period from Tuesday 22 December 2020 and will reopen on Tuesday 6 January 2021. 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 2021!
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Manifesto for Change: 10 Priorities for Disabled People in Scotland

Manifesto for Change: 10 Priorities for Disabled People in Scotland We are pleased to share our Manifesto for Change, which outlines the priorities that we are asking political parties to commit to ahead of next year’s Scottish Parliament elections. Disabled people face inequality and discrimination across all facets of society. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in disabled people becoming even more marginalised. Developed in co-production with our members, we are asking that all political parties commit to the following: Social Model of Disability Protect Human Rights Inclusive Communication Opportunities for Employment Support for Access Panels Equitable Social Care Accessible Transport Access to Justice Active Participation Supporting
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New webinar announcement: 20-minute Neighbourhoods, Thursday 3 December 2020 at 10:30am-12:30pm

New webinar announcement: 20-minute Neighbourhoods, Thursday 3 December 2020 at 10:30am-12:30 About We are hosting a webinar about 20-minute Neighbourhoods on Thursday 3 December 2020 at 10:30am-12:30pm. A 20-minute neighbourhood means having all your basic needs – shops, health centres, work opportunities, and recreation – within a mile of where you live and close enough to walk or wheel. Transport Scotland would like to identify the impact (including potential challenges and benefits) of 20-minute neighbourhoods on disabled people and older people. We want to know not only what services can you currently access, but what features would make your neighbourhood
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Face covering exemption cards launched

Face covering exemption cards launched The Scottish Government has produced a face covering exemption card, to support those who are unable to wear one to feel more confident and safe when accessing public spaces and using public services. Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People Shirley Anne Somerville said: “Everyone who can do so is legally obliged to wear a face covering where it is mandated by law. But there are some people who cannot, due to health conditions, disabilities or other special circumstances where a face covering may cause difficulty or distress. “Discrimination against people in this situation
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National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020

National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020 National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020 takes place from Saturday 10 October to Saturday 17 October and is a national week of action to raise awareness of hate crime. At Disability Equality Scotland we are deeply concerned by the increase in disability hate crime during the COVID-19 pandemic.  One of the key concerns that has been raised relates to face covering exemptions.  Face coverings became mandatory in Scotland on public transport on 22 June but there are many reasons why some people are exempt from wearing a covering, such as having a health condition or disability,
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Funding Cuts Threaten Glasgow Disability Access Panel

Funding Cuts Threaten Glasgow Disability Access Panel Vital services to improve access and inclusion for disabled people are at risk after Glasgow Access Panel were not recommended for financial support through the Communities Fund. Having previously been recipients of the Glasgow Integrated Grant Fund (IGF), the Panel has serious concerns around where disability falls in Glasgow City Councils priorities, particularly during these times. Disabled and older people are amongst the most isolated people in society, and this has only been exacerbated by COVID-19. People with long-term health conditions are at the greatest risk and regular social contact is critical to
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