Wheelchair users forced to abandon UK summer holiday plans, says Muscular Dystrophy UK | DisabledGo News and Blog


Many major tourist destinations, must-see sights and visitor hot spots are off limits to disabled travellers because many hotels, including some big hotel

Source: Wheelchair users forced to abandon UK summer holiday plans, says Muscular Dystrophy UK | DisabledGo News and Blog

Why businesses need to think about disabled consumers


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Will Pike is a games developer from London whose parody of Channel 4’s Superhumans advert went viral last year. Tens of thousands of people have signed his petition for better access. In this blog, he talks about how this affects disabled consumers, and what needs to change in media representation.

Back in September 2016, I made a short film to highlight the poor disabled access found up and down our high streets. As a wheelchair user, I wanted to demonstrate how frustrating these obstructions are from my everyday perspective. I also wanted to demonstrate that establishments are missing out. By not being accessible, they’re losing multiple paying customers. Regardless of the fact that I can’t walk or overcome a set of stairs without assistance, I still have money in pocket to spend.

The ‘Purple Pound’ is worth in the region of £240 billion. This spending power is exactly why society should be…

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A third of UK council homepages fail SOCITM disability accessibility tests | DisabledGo News and Blog


SOCITM asked the Digital Accessibility Centre to evaluate the accessibility of council websites for people with disabilities A third of UK

Source: A third of UK council homepages fail SOCITM disability accessibility tests | DisabledGo News and Blog

In Britain, it’s not just the train toilets that disabled people can’t get into | DisabledGo News and Blog


For the majority of us planing an outing is not that difficult, but when a disabled person and especially a disabled person using a wheelchair, this can be a minefield.

you need to double check everything and then you can not be guaranteed that all will go to plan. For all transport needs to be adequately accessible and so do the venues and this includes the toilets. What can be stated as being accessible is many times not correct. This may not be intentional by the transport providers and the venue operators, but mainly through their ignorance of the different aspects of disabilities and the varying requirements.

Even if all are suitably accessible will there be a sufficiency of the numbers available. Bus seating being only one example for there will only be one space available and this could be already taken by standing passengers or passengers with prams, who may be reluctant to move from a disability space and I believe that there is no lawful requirement for them to do so, just respect for the disabled person or persons.

Until there is a lawful requirement to provide full disability access and the educating of the Government, business and the general public there can be no full equality for people who are disabled, for the Equality Act is not sufficient.

 


A few years ago I met friends at a restaurant that had been getting great reviews. I triple-checked that they had wheelchair access (their website made no mention of access) and was assured that they did. Google Street View – I’d checked – showed a mammoth step, but they promised me a ramp. The ramp, as I found when I arrived, was a hastily arranged plank of wood, which they were hoping to shunt me up. Failing that, the chef and waiters would carry me – Cleopatra-style, but without the dignity. “Don’t worry,” the manager said. “The chef is very strong.” Options limited, I reluctantly agreed.

Source: In Britain, it’s not just the train toilets that disabled people can’t get into | DisabledGo News and Blog

Rise in disabled train passenger numbers sparks call for ‘turn up and go’ system | DisabledGo News and Blog


Rise in disabled train passenger numbers sparks call for ‘turn up and go’ system – 2 Jul 2016

Source: Rise in disabled train passenger numbers sparks call for ‘turn up and go’ system | DisabledGo News and Blog