Anger as wheelchair users left unable to ride trains on major route | Govt Newspeak

TransPennine Express accused of ripping up disability discrimination legislation

A woman in a wheelchair in a park

Wheelchair users will not be allowed to travel on a third of trains on a major route in northern England this summer following the temporary reintroduction of 45-year-old carriages.

The main rail workers’ union accused TransPennine Express (TPE) of flouting disability discrimination legislation and in effect operating a heritage railway by bringing back into service Mark 3 trains that were built in the 1970s for British Rail.

Documents leaked to the Disability News Service show that wheelchairs will not be able to travel on 12 of the 34 hourly services to and from Liverpool and Scarborough via Manchester Victoria, Huddersfield, Leeds and York.

The documents say there will be “no space on the train for wheelchairs” and that “the trains will run without wheelchair or cycle provision”.


Source: Anger as wheelchair users left unable to ride trains on major route | Govt Newspeak

Ikea tells disabled shopper to pay £10 for help | Daily Mail Online

Olivia Cole, 23 (pictured with mum Caroline) was told she would have to pay for someone to bring her hinges at the IKEA in Warrington – even though her condition means she cannot walk far.

Source: Ikea tells disabled shopper to pay £10 for help | Daily Mail Online

Learning to drive: Finding freedom from disability | DisabledGo News and Blog

I was born with severe talipes of the right foot. Put simply, I have a club foot with no Achilles tendon and zero movement in my ankle. No tendons mean my calf muscle is wasted and I have to walk on my toes. After numerous treatments and operations during my early childhood, my foot had been shaped enough to wear a shoe, but I was told I would not be a footballer and driving was unlikely. Shortly after that, football became my defiant passion. When you see a person walking down the road with a wheelchair or walking stick, you have an immediate recognition of their disability or injury. With a club foot, it can be hard to tell. A slight limp doesn’t convey the extent of the issue to the untrained eye. Many of the people I have met in my life know I have a club foot but are never aware of the extent of it. As a child, sports lessons embodied this. If I had to pull out of a 1500m race, or leave everyone waiting as I hobbled over the line in last place, I felt I was failing to keep up and

Source: Learning to drive: Finding freedom from disability | DisabledGo News and Blog

Cockroft’s fear of PIP reassessment and losing independence as she heads for Rio | DisabledGo News and Blog

One of Britain’s biggest stars from the London 2012 Paralympics has said she is “scared” that she will lose her independence when she is reassessed for the government’s new disability benefit. Wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft has yet to be assessed for personal independence payment  (PIP), which was launched by the government the year after London 2012 with the aim of cutting spending on working-age disability living allowance (DLA) by 20 per cent. Cockroft, who won two track gold medals at London 2012 and is going for three in Rio, told Disability News Service (DNS) that she dreads the reassessment, the possibility of having her support cut, and potentially losing the car she leases through the Motability scheme as a claimant of the higher rate mobility component of DLA. She said: “I haven’t yet been hit by PIP, I haven’t been called up for my assessment, but honestly, it scares me. “If I don’t have my car I will lose everything, I will lose my independence. “I know people will say,

Source: Cockroft’s fear of PIP reassessment and losing independence as she heads for Rio | DisabledGo News and Blog

A Web for All: Accessibility and Inclusive Design

Accessibility allow everyone to have access to information and services. The goal is to provide those with disabilities the same opportunities as their normative counterparts. This article explores how accessibility does not have to be a painful, after the fact initiative, if products are designed with accessibility at the start using inclusive design.

Source: A Web for All: Accessibility and Inclusive Design

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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How one man’s trip to Toys ‘R’ Us brought mobility to hundreds of disabled kids | DisabledGo News and Blog

Cole Galloway’s workspace at the University of Delaware resembles a ransacked toy store. There are piles of plastic tubing, swim noodles, stuffed animals, and

Source: How one man’s trip to Toys ‘R’ Us brought mobility to hundreds of disabled kids | DisabledGo News and Blog

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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Meeting transportation needs will improve lives of those with ASD, their families

Original post from Medical News Today


Rutgers study: Integrating access to education, employment, mobility and planning resources will increase independence and opportunities for ASD population.

An integrated approach to providing access to reliable and safe transportation is needed for adults on the autism spectrum and their families, according to a new Rutgers study that offers recommendations for removing barriers to better mobility.

The Rutgers report addresses transportation obstacles that those with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, and their families, must overcome to carry out their daily activities and offers recommendations on how to remove the obstacles. Many challenges are associated with transportation, such as the inability to live independently, reach employers and health care providers and even engage in community and social activities.

The research found that New Jersey adults with ASD travel primarily as passengers of cars driven by their parents and other family members, which often results in stress, inconvenience and negative employment consequences for both the adults with ASD and their drivers. While the availability of accessible public transportation is crucial for everyone with all types of disabilities, including adults on the autism spectrum, many do not have access to public transport or possess the familiarity or skills to use these services.

“Very little has been written about the transportation issues encountered by adults with autism spectrum disorders,” said Cecilia Feeley, transportation autism project manager at the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) and the study’s co-principal investigator. The center conducted the two-year study with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers’ Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.

The report, Detour to the Right Place: A Study with Recommendations for Addressing the Transportation Needs and Barriers of Adults on the Autism Spectrum in New Jersey, gathered information on the challenges New Jersey adults with ASD face as they pursue employment, continuing education and other opportunities, Feeley said. The researchers interviewed 25 public and private stakeholders that serve the autism community, surveyed more than 700 adults with ASD and family members about transportation barriers, and staged six focus groups – four with adults with ASD and two with parents or guardians.

Participants from each focus group described their optimum transportation service provider as one that offers reliable and consistent service that crosses county borders, picks up customers close to their homes and offers travel instruction to empower adults with ASD to safely and independently use public transit. Parents noted the need for drivers to be well-trained in transporting adults with ASD. Adults on the spectrum desired service frequency in both peak and off-peak hours to improve their ability to pursue social events and outings. Both groups lamented that travel instruction was not offered in schools, nor included in students’ Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).

“Unfortunately, what we found is that transportation and safe mobility skills are not often taught during young adults’ school transition period or covered in their IEPs,” said Andrea Lubin, a senior research specialist at the Voorhees Center. “After graduation, many individuals on the spectrum and their families struggle to find feasible transportation options.”

Among researchers’ recommendations:

  • Establishing a New Jersey Autism and Developmental Disabilities Transportation Research Center to investigate and implement strategies for this population.
  • Developing and supporting transportation-focused training programs in educational settings and familiarizing children on the ASD spectrum and family members on transportation/mobility issues and options prior to graduation.
  • Developing and implementing training for vehicle operators and others who interact with adults with ASD for fixed-route transportation, paratransit, private, volunteer and on-demand services.
  • Pursuing location efficiency strategies for organizations that support adults on the spectrum, such as job-training centers, residential facilities, day programs and employment sites.
  • Conducting research on the relationship between employment and transportation for adults on the autism spectrum.

Adapted by MNT from original media release

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Detour to the Right Place: A Study with Recommendations for Addressing the Transportation Needs and Barriers of Adults on the Autism Spectrum in New Jersey Cecilia Feeley, Ph.D., Devajyoti Deka, Ph.D., Andrea Lubin, and Melanie McGackin. September 2015.

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