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Connectivity Event – Disability Equality Scotland

Disability Equality Scotland presents an event on ‘transport connectivity’- the process of changing between different types of transport. Connectivity is about your experiences of changing between different types of transport.  It also includes journey planning and the timetabling of services so that people can make a connection.  This event will discuss some of the issues identified by disabled people using public transport such as journey planning, timetables, information and assistance. To book your free place please contact emma@disabilityequality.scot Telephone: 01259 272064 Or book online at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/connectivity-event-disability-equality-scotland-tickets-42040088035 Date: Wednesday 31 January 2018 Time: 11.30am – 1.30pm Venue: Corran Halls, Corran
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Blue Badge Scheme extended in Scotland

Third Force News reports that Scotland’s blue badge scheme for disabled parking has been extended to cover carers of people with dementia, autism and Down’s Syndrome. Scottish Government officials confirmed they will be now be adopting changes introduced in a pilot project in April 2016, meaning carers and relatives of people who pose a risk to themselves or others in traffic can apply for a badge. Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: “I am delighted that the Scottish Government can permanently extend the criteria around the blue badge” To read the full article by Third Force News, please click here  
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Hidden Disability Lanyards Now Available at Aberdeen International Airport

Aberdeen International Airport recently  launched their new hidden disabilities lanyards in partnership with Friendly Access with an aim to make air travel more friendly and accessible for all passengers. The airport now offers passengers the opportunity to have familiarisation tours of the terminal prior to their travel plans as well as the option of wearing a hidden disability lanyard whilst in the facility. For more information about the new scheme, please click here
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Transport Scotland survey – Transport in Rural Areas

Disability Equality Scotland is working with Transport Scotland to undertake research into Accessible Travel.  In May 2017, we circulated a national baseline survey about disabled peoples’ experiences of travelling on public transport.  This helped to identify some of the key issues for disabled people, which we would now like to explore in more detail. One of the key topics was transport in rural areas.  Transport in rural areas can be a lifeline for many people.  However, the frequency and cost of the transport service can also be a barrier for some. We have designed a short survey about transport issues in
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Taxi Accessibility Survey – You could win £100 in Amazon Vouchers!

The Scottish Accessible Transport Alliance (SATA) want to find out how well taxis meet the needs of older people, disabled people, those with health conditions or support needs, and others who potentially may experience access difficulties. It is about taxis in the general sense – including black cabs, private hire vehicles and anything else used for a taxi purpose. The questionnaire has 20 to 40 questions depending on the answers you give. If you need the questionnaire in another format, contact our secretary Mike Harrison at secretary@scottishaccessibletransport.org.uk You have a chance to win £100 in Amazon Vouchers by completing the
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PAMIS – The Pamiloo

PAMIS (Promoting A More Inclusive Society) is the leading Scottish charity for the Changing Places Toilet Campaign. There are an increasing number of people who require this facility  – a twelve square metre room with specialist equipment such as a tracking hoist, an adjustable height changing bench and a peninsular toilet. PAMIS have been campaigning for over 10 years for this facility and although over the past 2 years there has been a sharper increase there are still only 160 across Scotland. This means that many people who require this facility in order to meet their personal care needs are being
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Transport Scotland Survey – Connectivity

In May 2017, Scottish Disability Equality Forum conducted a national survey on behalf of Transport Scotland.  This was a baseline survey to allow us to gather information about disabled peoples’ experiences of travelling on public transport.  The survey gave us lots of useful information, and some that we want to find out more about. As part of our ongoing work with Transport Scotland we are undertaking further research. Here is a short survey about Connectivity.  Connectivity is about your experience of changing between different types of transport.  It also includes journey planning and the timetabling of services so that people
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Scottish Accessible Transport Alliance (SATA) questionnaire – For users of Taxis or Private Hire Cars with wheelchair or/and a helping dog.

The following questionnaire has been created by the Scottish Accessible Transport Alliance (SATA) to gather information on the accessiblity of taxis and private hire cars. The survey should be completed only by those who use taxis or private hire cars AND a helping dog or a wheelchair (or both). To complete the survey, please click the following link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9GLGGV5  
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Scotrail Rail Awareness Open Days

Scotrail have hosted Rail Awareness Open Days in Aberdeen, Glasgow Queen Street, Glasgow Central, Dundee and Edinburgh Waverley and proved popular with disabled people, elderly and those with other mobility impairments including charities. Rail Awareness Open Day is an information event to promote what we do to existing and potential rail users with reduced mobility or simply those who need assistance with their journeys. It provides a learning opportunity to those with reduced mobility on the level of service available and the support they can receive from ScotRail when planning and undertaking their journey by train. It is important that
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Shared Spaces Seminar 2017

The Shared Space Seminar took place in Edinburgh on 25 April 2017. It was attended by a range of delegates representing disabled person’s organisations, local authorities, planners, and street designers. The purpose of the seminar was to discuss shared spaces from a range of perspectives, including disabled people and public authorities responsible for designing and maintaining streets. The aim was to agree on how future shared space schemes could be designed to ensure access for all. Following a series of presentations, workshop discussions took place. Delegates talked about their experiences of shared spaces, the features that determine a shared space,
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