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Some taxi services in Wales are refusing to pick up passengers who use wheelchairs or assistance dogs, a campaign group has claimed. Disability Wales said

Source: Disabled people ‘humiliated’ by taxi refusals | DisabledGo News and Blog

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In an inspired act of protest against their rights being perpetually disrespected, disabled activists in Portugal have taken matters into their own hands.

Source: Wheelchair users stage GENIUS mass protest against drivers who steal disabled bays | Evolve Politics


Here is a link to the full film that appeared on the Victoria Derbyshire Show, a couple of days ago. Please watch and share x

Source: Petition update · Changing Places toilets on Victoria Derbyshire Show · Change.org


A woman whose daughter was thrown out of a pub because she was disabled is hoping an awareness-raising “disability pride” event in the same city this weekend will highlight the discrimination faced by people with invisible impairments. Jenny Skelton, who is disabled herself, has been planning Disability Pride Brighton since the incident with Charlie – one of her three adopted, disabled daughters – took place at a bar in Brighton last August. Charlie had crouched to the floor with her hands over her ears after being startled by some sudden loud music, but a member of staff asked her to leave, despite being told by her mother that the actions were a result of her impairment and that kicking her out was a breach of the Equality Act. Skelton said the company that runs the bar, Laine Pub Company (LPC), was so “horrified” at the way she was treated by its member of staff – who left his job as a result of the incident – that it contributed £1,500 towards the costs of Disability Pride Brighton,

Source: Pub discrimination leads one year later to Disability Pride | DisabledGo News and Blog


The parliamentary authorities should do far more to make the House of Commons accessible, according to a disabled MP who has faced a series of major barriers in his first weeks since being elected. Jared O’Mara, who has cerebral palsy, has had to rely on support from other Sheffield MPs to secure some of the adjustments he needs to do his job. But nearly a month into his new role, he is still having to miss some debates in the House of Commons chamber because he cannot stand for longer than five or 10 minutes and there have been no seats free. He told Disability News Service (DNS): “There has been a couple of times where I have not been able to get a seat and so I have not been able to attend. “The thing is with the Commons chamber, it is 650 MPs but there’s not 650 seats, so for busy events… there’s not enough seats for everybody. It’s ridiculous in this day and age.” He is full of praise for the speaker, John Bercow, who has given him permission to wear a tee shirt, and no tie,

Source: Disabled MP forced to miss Commons debates because he has nowhere to sit | DisabledGo News and Blog


The process of exiting the European Union (EU) could worsen the social care crisis if the UK government does not protect access to personal assistants (PAs) from EU countries, disabled peers have warned. They told a work and pensions minister that uncertainty over the “Brexit” negotiations with fellow EU members was leading to “terrible uncertainty” among the thousands of disabled people whose PAs are citizens of other EU countries. But peers heard that there was not a single mention of disabled people or disability in the government’s white paper on Brexit. The disabled crossbench peer Baroness Campbell told the Lords debate on the impact of Brexit on disabled people – secured by the Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Scott – that she had employed PAs from at least 10 EU countries in the last 25 years. Baroness Campbell told fellow peers that other disabled people who employed PAs had told her that the pool of potential employees was “drying up”, while demand continued to rise, which

Source: ‘Hard Brexit’ could see disabled people lose right to independent living, say peers | DisabledGo News and Blog


The government has finally announced the date when it will bring into force regulations that will ban taxi drivers from discriminating against wheelchair-users, more than 20 years after they were first included in legislation. From 6 April, taxi and private hire vehicle drivers will face a fine of up to £1,000 if they refuse to accept wheelchair-users, try to charge them extra, or fail to provide them with appropriate assistance. The announcement has been seen as a success for a committee of peers that called for the move last year. Successive Labour, coalition and Conservative governments have refused to bring the measures into force, since they were included in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, and then incorporated into the Equality Act 2010. But the Equality Act 2010 and disability committee, which included several disabled peers among its members, and reported last March on the impact of equality laws on disabled people, called in its report for the measures to be implemented.

Source: Peer pressure sees minister finally announce date for taxi access laws | DisabledGo News and Blog


Fresh evidence has emerged that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has refused to allow benefit claimants to communicate via email, despite its claims

Source: Fresh evidence that DWP bars email communication from disabled claimants | DisabledGo News and Blog


Ahmed Kayd, 42, sent Charles Bloch packing after asking if his pet Labrador Carlo would ‘lick him’ when they tried to get a lift home in Spinney Hill Park in Leicester.

Source: Muslim Uber driver fined after he refused to pick up a blind passenger and guide dog | Daily Mail Online


Campaigners are set to take legal action against the government over its failure to provide an accessible service for disabled passengers across part of England’s rail network. The Association of British Commuters (ABC) plans to seek a judicial review of the Department for Transport’s (DfT) handling of the Southern Rail franchise, which covers parts of south London and southern England. It has told transport secretary Chris Grayling that one of its four legal grounds for seeking a judicial review is his “unlawful failure” to comply with his duties under the Equality Act 2010 to “monitor and enforce the obligation to provide an adequate train service for disabled passengers”. ABC is arguing that Grayling’s failure to monitor the franchise properly has allowed Southern to indirectly discriminate against disabled passengers. The campaign group says Southern services are marred by frequent and serious overcrowding, failures in equipment that assists disabled passengers, and too few staff

Source: Campaigners warn minister of ‘unlawful failure’ to ensure accessible train service | DisabledGo News and Blog

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