Disability conference highlights costs of exclusion and opportunities for change | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

Disabled people are mostly ignored by Australian businesses but Melbourne conference highlights five ways to create social change and employ more people

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Karen’s campaign to prevent motorists parking on tactile crossings [Karen’s Blog] | DisabledGo News and Blog

Karen’s campaign to prevent motorists parking on tactile crossings [Karen’s Blog] – 15 Feb 2016

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An office full of nurses and no antiseptic wipe

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Yesterday I accompanied someone to his Work Capability Assessment. Let’s call him Jack. Jack had one of those lists of ailments that spill off the form onto further pieces of paper, and quite clearly should never have been called in at all. And he already had serious mobility problems before having a toe amputated four days earlier. He arrived by taxi with his mother and had to walk slowly, leaning on a stick and steadying himself on her arm. Although there is parking in front of the assessment centre, this is only for the people who work in the building and it is protected by a barrier. The taxi had to stop the other side of the barrier, and Jack had to make his way slowly across the parking area. To someone in good health, the distance from barrier to door, across the outer lobby and down the corridor might…

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New research reveals desire for more active lifestyles and demand for greater access to fitness facilities amongst disabled people | DisabledGo News and Blog

94% of people believe more should be done to provide disabled people with equal access to fitness and leisure facilities, according to findings released today

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Macclesfield’s Grosvenor Shopping Centre Has Banned Customers In Wheelchairs And Mobility Scooters

As this appears to be a Health and Safety issue, then the centre should be closed until further notice. Mobility is not only a factor with wheelchairs as there are many other other aspects of mobility, this is discrimination to selective groups of the community.

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This is unbelievable. It is blatant disability discrimination. Turn the lifts off if you have to but make other access arrangements or adjustments. There is absolutely no excuse for banning disabled customers. If the centre is not safe for wheelchair users, it’s not safe for anyone and should be closed to everyone until it is safe again.

Please, readers, please, share this post as widely as possible. I’ll be sharing it with every media outlet I can think of.

Wheelchair users have been banned from entering the Grosvenor shopping centre after orders from fire chiefs.

On Thursday security guards are stopping people in wheelchairs and mobility scooters from entering the premises.

And those accessing the ground-level indoor market have been given escorts to prevent them entering shops.

It follows a safety inspection by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.

But the move has provoked upset and anger from bewildered customers.


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Network Rail is ‘leading industry on access by following Olympic path’ | DisabledGo News and Blog

The public body responsible for 18 of Britain’s biggest rail stations is following the lead of the Olympic Delivery Authority and putting disabled people at the heart of its design process, according to its access and inclusion manager. Margaret Hickish – who was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours, and is herself a wheelchair-user – said Network Rail hoped to “lead the way” for the railway industry on improving access and inclusion. One of the ways it hopes to do that, she has told Disability News Service, is by following the lead of the much-praised Olympic Delivery Authority, for which she was accessibility manager. Among the steps she has taken since starting to work with Network Rail three years ago is to set up a built environment accessibility panel (BEAP), mostly made up of disabled people, to advise on access issues. Network Rail has also launched an inclusive design strategy and is about to implement new standards that reflect inclusive design principles, not just for

Source: Network Rail is ‘leading industry on access by following Olympic path’ | DisabledGo News and Blog

OBE will be a springboard, says disabled civil servant | DisabledGo News and Blog

Additional reporting by Raya Al Jadir A civil servant, a Falklands veteran, an inclusive design expert, a festival director and two Paralympians are among disabled people recognised in the latest New Year’s Honours. Among those receiving MBEs is Margaret Hickish, Network Rail’s access and inclusion manager, who is responsible for 19 of Britain’s largest rail stations as well as the organisation’s depots, offices and training centres, and is recognised for services to disabled people. Hickish, who has a background in engineering, played a huge part in ensuring the accessibility of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and has worked in access and inclusion for more than 20 years. She began working as an access consultant with the consortiums that produced the London 2012 “masterplan” in early 2007, before later joining the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) as its accessibility manager. She said she was “absolutely delighted” with the MBE, which she believes recognises the way she

Source: OBE will be a springboard, says disabled civil servant | DisabledGo News and Blog

Privilege and the Anti-Vaccine Movement

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A common argument for keeping (often easy-to-obtain) philosophical exemptions to school entry vaccine requirements is that failing to do so will cause an undue burden on single parents or low-income families. This arguments serves to make refusing vaccines a right and a matter of social justice–when really, nothing could be further from the truth.

Are anti-vaxxers out of touch or are they knowingly trying to play a sleight of hand? Mainstream media has reported on the correlation between wealth and vaccine refusal over and over and over and over and over again. (Apologies for all the overs–it’s been reported a lot!) In an article titled, “Neoliberal Mothering and Vaccine Refusal,” Jennifer Reich explains that children who are intentionally unvaccinated are those who are raised in families with two parents making an income over $75,000 a year.

PediatricianAccess to medical care, and therefore immunization, is an issue related to poverty, as we…

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Harper stays silent over his “totally unacceptable” office access measures

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‘………Harper stays silent over his “totally unacceptable” office access measures – 26 Mar 2015

  • mark_harperThe minister for disabled people has been heavily criticised for failing to ensure that his constituency office is accessible to disabled people, after Disability News Service (DNS) confirmed that a ramp used by his staff is potentially unsafe.One leading disabled access consultant described Mark Harper’s failure to provide proper access to the office in Cinderford, Gloucestershire, as “totally unacceptable”.

    And the president of the Liberal Democrats, Baroness [Sal] Brinton, also a wheelchair-user, called on Harper, Conservative MP for the Forest of Dean, to review the accessibility of his office.

    This week, DNS confirmed that the doorway to Harper’s constituency office in Cinderford high street is just 32 inches wide, and has a large step in front of the door.

    The entrance to the office is situated on a hill, which means that a standard temporary ramp would be unstable and potentially dangerous. The pavement outside the office is too narrow for any wheelchair-user or scooter-user to enter the office safely.

    Despite this, Harper’s staff use a standard ramp to provide access to the office for wheelchair-users and others who cannot manage the step.

    There are also no parking spaces available outside the office.

    Phil Friend, a leading disability consultant and former chair of Disability Rights UK, said: “For someone in Mark Harper’s position to be working out of offices which are not accessible is totally unacceptable. The minister should be a role model for others.”

    He said it was clear from pictures shown to him by DNS that it would be “difficult” for a wheelchair-user to gain access to the building, because of the width of the pavement, the slope of the hill and the design of the ramp used by his staff.

    Baroness Brinton said: “In the light of this information, I hope that Mark Harper will review accessibility to his office, not just for visitors but for prospective staff and volunteers as well.”

    She added: “I want to see all MPs’ offices… accessible to all disabled people, whether they are working there or just visiting.”

    Baroness Brinton has pledged to write to all of her own party’s MPs asking them about their access arrangements and what steps they were taking to improve them, particularly when leases on their offices were due to expire.

    She also plans to recommend to all newly-elected Liberal Democrat MPs that they should rent accessible constituency offices.

    Only last week, Harper announced the winners of his Accessible Britain Challenge at the House of Commons, and said afterwards: “I hope this will encourage more organisations to think about the needs of disabled people and help drive the UK forward to become a truly Disability Confident nation.”

    One of the aims of the Accessible Britain Challenge is to “motivate local communities to do more to be inclusive and accessible for disabled people”.

    Deborah King, co-founder of Disability Politics UK, said that Harper’s entrance was “not suitable for any MP”.

    She said: “The message Mark Harper’s office entrance sends out to other business and companies is that disabled people are not important, that we are not valued and that we are second-class citizens.

    “He needs to move to premises which will make is easy for disabled constituents, volunteers and paid staff to access his constituency office.

    “The public purse, through the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, enables MPs to get accessible offices. There must be alternative premises available.

    “We need a real sea change in commitment to disabled people from MPs.

    “This is a one-off change which will show MPs are committed to enabling disabled people to get access to politics.”

    Linda Burnip, a member of the steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts, said: “The feeble access measures made to try to make Mark Harper’s office accessible fail totally to provide a safe way for disabled constituents to gain entry to his office.

“As minster for disabled people, he should be ashamed at continuing to exclude them in this way from not only being able to consult him but to volunteer or even work in the office.

“Mark Harper’s Accessible Britain Challenge really was a sham exercise when all that he provides is an inadequate and unsafe ramp into his own office.

“The message this sends out to other businesses in the town is that disabled people don’t really matter, especially if making safe, adequate access provision might cost you money.”

Harper has refused to answer any questions about the access at his office, although he issued a brief statement late last year, in which he stated: “Any constituent who wants to contact me can use either the phone or e-mail to reach my office.

“If any wish to meet me to discuss an issue in person at a surgery, then I hold these on a regular basis in accessible venues around the constituency.

“A small proportion of constituents call at the office in Cinderford in person. If a wheelchair user was to do so, then we do have a ramp available.”

Both Harper and the Department for Work and Pensions have so far failed to comment on the latest evidence.

Harper is one of four coalition ministers – including the prime minister, David Cameron – who have been exposed for running inaccessible constituency offices.

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