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PAMIS – The Pamiloo

Written on: 17th October, 2017. Written by: James Davidson.

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…

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Transport Scotland Survey – Connectivity

Written on: 30th September, 2017. Written by: James Davidson.

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…

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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.

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

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…

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Scotrail Rail Awareness Open Days

Written on: 3rd August, 2017. Written by: James Davidson.

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…

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Shared Spaces Seminar 2017

Written on: 31st July, 2017. Written by: James Davidson.

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…

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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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