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,
Read More

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
Read More

Face Covering Exemption: Not Everyone Can Wear One

Face Covering Exemption: Not Everyone Can Wear One The use of face coverings is now mandatory in Scotland in shops and on public transport.  It is important to recognise that not everyone can wear a face covering. People are exempt if: They have a disability or health condition that means they cannot put a covering on A covering will cause them severe distress or anxiety They need to communicate with someone who relies on lip reading They have a reasonable need to eat, drink or take medicine There is no requirement to obtain evidence in the form of a letter
Read More

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
Read More

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
Read More

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
Read More

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
Read More

Disability Equality Scotland launches new project dedicated to tackling Hate Crime

Disability Equality Scotland launches new project dedicated to tackling Hate Crime We are delighted to be continuing our work on tackling hate crime with new funding from the Ferries Accessibility Fund.  This fund from Transport Scotland aims to improve the accessibility of ferries and ports and to enhance the ferry travelling experience of disabled people. Disability Equality Scotland has secured funding to pilot a Hate Crime Charter on the ferries network.  This project builds on the success of the pilot carried out in 2019 on the train and bus networks. The aim of this specific project is to trial a
Read More

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:
Read More

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
Read More