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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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
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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:
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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
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Aberdeen Accessible Travel Event

Aberdeen Accessible Travel Event We are pleased to announce that we are hosting an Accessible Transport event in Aberdeen on 19 February 2020 at Jury’s Inn Hotel Aberdeen on Guild Street, between 12pm – 3pm. The aim of this event is to bring together representatives from equality groups with transport providers to discuss specific issues relating to travel and transport around the local area. If you would like to attend, sign up online using Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2uh3lUe Or call our office on: 0141 370 0968
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Disability Equality Scotland Launch Hate Crime Charter Pilot!

Disability Equality Scotland Launch Hate Crime Charter Pilot! Disability Equality Scotland is delighted to be working with Stagecoach East as part of a pilot programme on behalf of Transport Scotland, designed to tackle hate crime on public transport. Transport Scotland’s Hate Crime Working Group, led by Disability Equality Scotland have conducted a series of public consultations on the topic, which led to the creation of a Hate Crime Charter. The Charter sets out our stance on Hate Crime. Stagecoach East believes that everyone has the right to travel safely and any aggressive, bullying or harassing behaviour will not be tolerated
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We have moved!

We have moved! Disability Equality Scotland are delighted to announce that we have moved office from Alloa to Glasgow. The new premises offer us a centrally accessible location in Scotland, as well as modern conference and training facilities on our doorstep where we hope to host events and welcome more visitors to see us in Glasgow. Our new address is: Disability Equality Scotland Suite 204B The Pentagon Centre 36 Washington Street Glasgow G3 8AZ Our telephone number has also changed to: 0141 370 0968 All emails remain the same: admin@disabilityequality.scot Kind regards James
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