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Would you like to appear on The One Show?

Written on: 19th July, 2017. Written by: James Davidson.

The One Show is making a film looking at some of the issues disabled people face when using public transport including trains, trams, buses, taxis, the tube and planes. The One Show is looking for people to record short videos on their phones or cameras when they encounter a problem; for example no help getting…

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Scottish Transport Awards 2017- One Week to go!

Written on: 8th June, 2017. Written by: James Davidson.

There is just one week to go until the Scottish Transport Awards 2017! The Accessible Travel Hub has been shortlisted in three categories: Excellence in Travel Information and Marketing Excellence in Technology and Innovation Accessibility Project of the Year Now in its 15th year, the prestigious Scottish Transport Awards 2017 brings together the transport community…

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WEEKLY POLL: Accessible Taxis

Written on: 23rd May, 2017. Written by: James Davidson.

Each week the Scottish Disability Equality Forum allow you to have your say on a number of different topics affecting disabled people in Scotland. The poll is a simple yes/no question, along with the opportunity to leave a comment on the chosen topic. This week’s poll question is about accessible taxis and whether a new law to reduce…

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Accessible Travel Framework Surveys

Written on: 4th May, 2017. Written by: James Davidson.

              Scottish Disability Equality Forum is working with Transport Scotland to undertake research into Accessible Travel.  In September 2016, Transport Scotland published Scotland’s first Accessible Travel Framework.  This is a new plan, co-produced with disabled people to help improve their access to travel. Transport Scotland has a vision that…

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Personal Independence Payment (PIP) leaving disabled people stranded

Written on: 27th April, 2017. Written by: James Davidson.

            Motability, the charity which runs the support scheme for vehicles, recently revealed more than 50,000 people have had their cars reclaimed since Personal Independence Payment (PIP) was launched in 2013, replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Alex Thorburn, a Director of the Scottish Disability Equality Forum, believes the move away…

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Transport Scotland – Improving Parking In Scotland

Written on: 11th April, 2017. Written by: James Davidson.

The Scottish Government want your views on improving the management of parking across Scotland and making regulation more consistent. The consultation asks how the Scottish Government can improve the clarity of the laws of parking, what restrictions should be applied and the exceptions that should be granted. The Scottish Government also aimed this consultation to local…

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Accessible Travel Hub Shortlisted for three Scottish Transport Awards

Written on: 6th April, 2017. Written by: James Davidson.

      The Scottish Disability Equality Forum (SDEF) is delighted to announce that the Accessible Travel Hub has been shortlisted in three categories for the Scottish Transport Awards 2017. Shortlisted categories: Excellence in Travel Information and Marketing Excellence in Technology and Innovation Accessibility Project of the Year Now in its 15th year, the prestigious Scottish…

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Blue Badge Pilot Scheme is Extended

Written on: 10th March, 2017. Written by: James Davidson.

The disabled person’s parking badge pilot, which was launched in April 2016, has been extended to Autumn this year. People who think they might be eligible are being invited to contact their local authoritiy. The eligibility criteria have been revised and extended under the pilot to allow people who pose a risk to themselves or…

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Hidden Disabilities on Public Transport

Written on: 1st March, 2017. Written by: James Davidson.

A recent article by Hattie Gladwell featured in The Metro newspaper highlights the difficulties of travelling on public transport with a hidden disability.  In the article, Hattie said: “I first realised I was too scared to ask anyone to give up their seat for me on public transport when I was experiencing crippling pain in my…

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Disabled Access Day

Written on: 21st February, 2017. Written by: James Davidson.

Disabled Access Day is returning for its third year in March 2017, and it’s set to be bigger and better than ever! The event is powered by Euan’s Guide, the disabled access review website and app; so, when you search for what’s on below, you’ll be taken to event listings on the Euan’s Guide website.…

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