Return to Public Transport, Thursday 19 August, from 1:30pm-3:00pm

Return to Public Transport, Thursday 19 August, from 1:30pm-3:00pm Join Disability Equality Scotland on Thursday 19 August, from 1:30pm-3:00pm as we host a webinar discussion on the return to public transport. The recent publication from the Scottish Household Survey presents transport and travel findings, which shows that disabled people tend to make fewer journeys and were generally less positive about their public transport experiences than people who were not-disabled. As COVID-19 restrictions ease further, we want to hear from you about your thoughts and concerns about returning to public transport. During the webinar representatives from different modes of transport will
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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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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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