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Consultation Event on Blue Badge Low Emission Zone Exemptions

Low Emission Zones are being introduced in Scotland’s four largest cities: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee to improve air quality and people’s health. The Low Emission Zones will restrict vehicles that do not meet or exceed the euro emission standards. As part of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 a number of national exemptions have been granted, this includes an exemption for Blue Badge holders whose vehicles are non-compliant. This is to support the accessibility needs of Blue Badge holders even if their vehicle does not meet the Low Emission Zone standards. Transport Scotland is hosting an online consultation event to
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Help Make Electric Vehicle Charge Points More Accessible

Ensuring electric vehicle charge points are accessible and user friendly for all is a core part of the Scottish Government’s approach to building out Scotland’s charging infrastructure. That being the case, Transport Scotland is working in partnership with Scottish Enterprise through the Can Do Innovation Challenge framework to fund solutions which will improve the design of electric vehicle charge points to make them more accessible. One of these solutions is being produced by the company Urban Foresight in partnership with Duku product Design which will develop prototype tools to help older people and disabled people to be able to charge
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20-Minute Neighbourhood Webinar Series – Video Overview

At Disability Equality Scotland, we recently joined the Health and Social Care Academy, and the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) to take part in an event series which explored the benefits and challenges of a 20-Minute Neighbourhood. The 20-Minute Neighbourhood concept has gained attention internationally and has been developed in cities such as Melbourne, Portland and Paris. The concept looks at having all your basic needs – health and social care, shops, work hubs, places to socialise – met within a 20-minute walk, wheel or cycle from where you live. This event series was an opportunity to provide
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Watch our Transport Assistance Cards Webinar

Watch Disability Equality Scotland host a webinar discussion on the use of assistance cards on public transport. During this event we heard from Keith Fisken about the Thistle Assistance Programme, and Steven Dickson about the National Entitlement Card (NEC) including information on the rollout of free bus travel for under 22s. In addition, attendees discussed their own experiences of using transport assistance cards and provided suggestions for how the system could be improved. The webinar was recorded live on Tuesday 2 November 2021 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm, and was supported by captioning, as well as British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters. BSL
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Transport Assistance Cards Webinar, Tuesday 2 November 2021, 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Join Disability Equality Scotland as we host a webinar discussion about Assistance Cards for travel on public transport on Tuesday 2 November 2021 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm. The discussion will hear from the Thistle Assistance Card and App and the National Entitlement Card and include small breakout groups with transport providers to discuss the ways in which disabled people can be supported to travel. Register to attend the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYscu6qqj8jGNbt7_GhKTuUvtTePR9Js36E
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National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2021

National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2021 runs from 9–16 October 2021 In June 2021, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service released its latest report ‘Hate Crime in Scotland, 2020-21’ showing that the number of hate crimes relating to disability had increased by 14% to 448.  This is the highest number of charges reported since the legislation creating this aggravation came into force in 2010.  The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service maintain that around 97% of disability hate crime goes unreported. At Disability Equality Scotland, we have been working with Transport Scotland and partners to launch the National Hate Crime
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Ferries for All: NorthLink Customer Experience Survey

Feeling safe to travel and get around is essential if we are going to realise our rights and achieve our potential. That is why NorthLink Ferries and Disability Equality Scotland, with support from the Transport Scotland Ferries Accessibility Fund, are partnering to improve the experiences of disabled people onboard. We will be working together to ensure that disabled people have safe and inclusive journeys. An important part of this is making sure that people know how to report any abuse or mistreatment. This project builds on the success of the launch of the national Hate Crime Charter, which aims to
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Watch Now: Return to Public Transport Webinar

Watch Disability Equality Scotland host a webinar discussion on the return to public transport. As restrictions ease even further, disabled people shared their thoughts and concerns about returning to public transport. During the webinar representatives from ScotRail, First Bus and NorthLink Ferries explained what disabled passengers can expect from their service and what measures are in place to keep passengers safe. This was a great opportunity to highlight what can be done to ensure disabled people feel confident and supported throughout their return to public transport. The webinar was recorded live on Thursday 19 August 2021 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm,
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Changing Places Facility Opens at Glasgow Queen Street Station

A fully accessible Changing Places toilet facility is now available at Glasgow’s Queen Street station. The Changing Places toilet, created as part of Network Rail’s £120m redevelopment at the station, has now been officially registered by Changing Places UK. Changing Places toilets aim to help those with profound disabilities or with physical disabilities, such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis, to use toilets safely and comfortably. Queen Street now joins 1,633 facilities mapped on Changing Places UK’s website to help more than 230,000 people who are unable to use standard accessible toilets. It’s hoped the facility will give those
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Online Event: Lothian Buses and MS Society – Driving Accessibility Standards

Lothian Buses and the MS Society are hosting an online event to discuss and influence accessibility standards on Wednesday 1 September, 18:00 – 19:15. Lothian Buses are committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment in which disabled individuals, families and anyone with addition access needs can feel confident and safe. The company acknowledge that accessing the community after this pandemic will be an anxious time for many people, most of all those who have been shielding for much of the last 18 months. Over the next 12 months isolation will be at an all-time high and as a public
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