Straw Exemption Guidance Published Ahead of Single-use Plastics Ban

Straw Exemption Guidance Published Ahead of Single-use Plastics Ban The law on single-use plastics is changing on 1 June 2022. After this date, it will be unlawful to make and supply commercially any of the following single-use plastic items: Cutlery (forks, knives, spoons, chopsticks and other similar utensils) Plates Beverage stirrers Food containers made of expanded polystyrene Cups made of expanded polystyrene Your Say on Disability – Plastic Straw Exemptions At Disability Equality Scotland, we invited our members to have their say on how the ban would impact disabled people. We are pleased that a critical exemption is applied to
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New Convener and Director Announced!

New Convener and Director Announced! At Disability Equality Scotland, we are delighted to announce Kayla-Megan Burns as our new Convener and Marie Harrower as a new Director. Kayla-Megan Burns: Convener Kayla is a climate and social justice activist who has worked locally, nationally and internationally on projects and campaigns covering areas such as the climate emergency, accessibility, the right to education for all, anti-hate, and gender equality. Originally from Enniskillen, N.Ireland, Kayla moved to Glasgow to pursue studies in Biomedical Science at the University of Strathclyde. Since then Kayla has rapidly built their career, becoming the President and Chair of the
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Protecting the Rights of Disabled People in Ukraine

Protecting the Rights of Disabled People in Ukraine The members of the Scottish Independent Living Coalition (SILC) are deeply concerned by the growing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and are calling on support to ensure that disabled people are not abandoned. There are approximately 3 million disabled people in Ukraine. Reports are highlighting that disabled people are finding it difficult to access a safe means of evacuation and shelter. Disabled people are disproportionately impacted in emergency situations and are more likely to be left behind due to factors such as inaccessible transport and infrastructure. Disabled people can lose access to vital
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Closing Date Extended: Board of Directors Recruitment – Convener and Director Opportunity

Closing Date Extended: Board of Directors Recruitment – Convener and Director Opportunity We are recruiting for two voluntary positions to join the Disability Equality Scotland Board of Directors and we have extended the closing date for both positions to Tuesday 8 March 2022. Position: Convener We are recruiting a new Convener to lead our Board of Directors and to guide the development of Disability Equality Scotland. The Convener also has a leadership role and is delegated the line-management of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In this position you will also be required to: Be a credible spokesperson for the organisation
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Webinar: Disability Training for Public Transport Staff

Webinar: Disability Training for Public Transport Staff Join Disability Equality Scotland as we host a webinar discussion about Disability Training for Public Transport Staff on Thursday 24 February 2022, from 1:30pm to 3:00pm. Feedback from our members has suggested that the success of a journey often depends on the attitude and behaviour of transport staff. Their knowledge and awareness of disabled people’s travel needs can make all the difference to a journey and can help disabled people to have confidence to travel. During this interactive webinar, we will be joined by representatives from leading public transport operators in Scotland to
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Have you experienced hate crime? Your story can drive change. Here is how.

Have you experienced hate crime? Your story can drive change. Here is how. At Disability Equality Scotland, we are working with Police Scotland to improve the way the police and their partners respond to hate crime. But we can’t change without you. People tell us that the single biggest factor in improving practice and changing attitudes is hearing directly from disabled people about their experiences. So, we are looking for you to share your experiences in video format so your story can drive change across Scotland. Someone may have called you names on the bus or treated you badly in
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Watch: Disability Hate Crime Webinar

Watch: Disability Hate Crime Webinar Watch Disability Equality Scotland host a webinar discussion on Disability Hate Crime during National Hate Crime Week. During this event we heard from Police Scotland about what hate crime is, how it manifests, how to make a report and why it is important to do so. In addition, attendees discussed their own experiences of hate crime and reporting, and provided suggestions for how the process could be improved.  The ‘Hate Crime in Scotland, 2020-21’ report indicates that there has been an increase in the number of charges reported in 2020-21 compared to 2019-20 for all
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Disability Consultation Workshop – COVID Recovery Bill, Tuesday 26 October

Disability Consultation Workshop – COVID Recovery Bill, Tuesday 26 October Disability Equality Scotland is hosting a Disability Consultation Workshop with the Scottish Government’s Coronavirus Legislation Team on Tuesday 26 October, from 1:00pm-3:00pm. This team is working on the Covid Recovery Bill as part of the Government’s Programme for Government 2021 to 2022, which can be viewed here: www.gov.scot/programme-for-government This Bill is currently being consulted on until 9 November 2021 – details are available at this website: www.gov.scot/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-legislation The Deputy First Minister leads on the development of the Bill and has committed to including the voices of disabled people in the
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New Webinar Announcement: Disability Hate Crime – Tuesday 12 October, 1:30pm – 3:00pm

New Webinar Announcement: Disability Hate Crime – Tuesday 12 October, 1:30pm – 3:00pm Join Disability Equality Scotland on Tuesday 12 October, 1:30pm – 3:00pm as we host a webinar discussion about disability hate crime. In June 2021, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service released its latest report ‘Hate Crime in Scotland, 2020-21’ showing that the number of hate crimes relating to disability had increased by 14% to 448.  This is the highest number of charges reported since the legislation creating this aggravation came into force in 2010.  The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service maintain that around 97% of
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August Newsletter Out Now!

The latest edition of the Disability Equality Scotland newsletter is out now! Our monthly newsletter brings you the latest news, information, and surveys about disability, from decision makers and Disabled People’s Organisations across Scotland. In this month’s issue you will find: CEO Welcome: Introduction by Morven Brooks News and Information: Ferries for All: NorthLink Customer Experience Survey, Easing Lockdown Restrictions, Vaccines for Young People, One-Stop Hub for Eye Care Health Launched, SCLD Launch Human Rights App, Euan’s Guide Access Survey, Birds of Paradise Young Artists 2021, STV News – Help Increase Disabled Representation Events: Free Training to Stay Safe Online, Watch –
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