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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We Are Recruiting Young Directors!

We Are Recruiting Young Directors! We are recruiting young people aged between 16 and 24 years with lived experience, knowledge or understanding of disability, to join our Board of Directors. What we are looking for This year we are launching a young person membership category. We seek a young perspective on our board to help support with engagement and communications with a younger membership. You will require enthusiasm and commitment for the work of Disability Equality Scotland and will be a team player with a willingness and appetite to get involved with new activities. Benefits of becoming a director Build confidence Meet
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Disability Equality Scotland hosts webinar on face covering exemptions

Disability Equality Scotland hosts webinar on face covering exemptions We hosted a webinar on Thursday 30 July to further raise awareness of their campaign on face covering exemptions. A recent poll indicated that a significant number of disabled people were concerned about being judged for not wearing a face covering in public (89%) and specifically were afraid of being a victim of a hate crime as a result of not wearing a face covering (87%). A panel of representative were brought together for a facilitated discussion on this topic. They included Robert Burns, Stakeholder Engagement Officer from FirstBus, Seumas Campbell,
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Face Coverings Online Webinar: Thursday 30 July 2020 at 11:00 AM

Face Coverings Online Webinar: Thursday 30 July 2020 at 11:00 AM Join us on Thursday 30 July 2020 at 11:00 AM as we host a webinar discussion on face coverings.  The use of face coverings is now mandatory in Scotland in shops and on public transport. We want to hear your experiences of using face coverings, or being exempt from wearing one; your thoughts on exemption cards and alternative coverings such as clear face masks and visors. We recently launched an awareness campaign on face covering exemptions. You can download our awareness poster and exemption card from our website: www.disabilityequality.scot/face-covering How to sign up? If you would like to take part, you
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Safe and Inclusive Ferries for All: Customer Experience Survey

Safe and Inclusive Ferries for All: Customer Experience Survey Feeling safe to travel and get around is essential if we are going to realise our rights and achieve our potential. That is why CalMac and Disability Equality Scotland, with support from the Transport Scotland Ferries Accessibility Fund, are partnering to improve the experiences of disabled people onboard. We will be working together to ensure that disabled people have safe and inclusive journeys. An important part of this is making sure that people know how to report any abuse or mistreatment. This project builds on the success of the pilot carried
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Strategic Plan 2020-2023: CEO Launch with Morven Brooks

Strategic Plan 2020-2023: CEO Launch with Morven Brooks Disability Equality Scotland is proud to launch a new three-year Strategic Plan for 2020-2023. As a membership-led organisation, the strategy is fully formed by the views and experiences of disabled people across Scotland. At the heart of the strategy is a mission to give all disabled people in Scotland a voice with trust, care and empathy. We will use what we hear to advocate for and enable change to improve lives. We will achieve this through our four key priority areas: Equality, Participation and Inclusion: Provide opportunities for disabled people to participate and
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New Webinar Announcement: Spaces for People

New Webinar Announcement: Spaces for People Join Disability Equality Scotland on Tuesday 7 July at 11am as we host a webinar discussion on the Spaces for People Initiative. We’ll be welcoming colleagues from Sustrans Scotland, Transport Scotland’s Active Travel Team and the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) as we hear about ‘Spaces for People’ a new, temporary infrastructure programme in Scotland which offers funding and support to make it safer for people who choose to walk, cycle or wheel during COVID-19. Sign up today to join the webinar on Zoom: https://bit.ly/30Dx9IS
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Disability Equality Scotland poll indicates 99% had concerns over physical distancing

Disability Equality Scotland poll indicates 99% had concerns over physical distancing “I was spat at yesterday for asking someone to clear my space.” This is just one of many comments received by Disability Equality Scotland in their recent poll of disabled people on the topic of physical distancing.  In collaboration with the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) Disability Equality Scotland posed the question ‘During your daily exercise or when undertaking essential journeys, have you experienced any issues with physical distancing?”  The poll generated over 900 responses with the vast majority (99%) stating they had experienced difficulties. Key concerns
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