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Google Doodle pays tribute to Japanese inventor Seiichi Miyake

The work of pioneering Japanese inventor Seiichi Miyake was honoured by a  Google Doodle on 18 March 2019. Miyake is best known for developing tactile paving – bumpy or striped surfaces on stairs, pavements and train platforms – to help visually impaired pedestrians avoid potential hazards. He came up with the idea in 1965 as Read this story


MSc Disability Design and Innovation

The MSc in Disability Design and Innovation is the flagship programme for the  Global Disability Innovation Hub.  The new master’s programme will bring together world leading expertise in disability, technology and innvoation from across the three founding partners: University College London Loughborough University London London College of Fashion Applications are now being accepted for entry Read this story


UK’s first’ 3D zebra crossing created in St John’s Wood

The “3D” zebra crossing is on St John’s Wood High Street, at the junction of Wellington Place What is thought to be the UK’s first “3D” zebra crossing has been painted on a north-west London road in a bid to slow down the traffic. The optical illusion, which creates a floating effect, has been introduced Read this story


Community safety and security for dwellings guidance

Secured by Design is a police initiative to guide and encourage those engaged within the specification, design and build of new homes, and those undertaking major or minor property refurbishment, to adopt crime prevention measures. SBD has produced a series of Design Guides to assist the building, design and construction industry to incorporate security into Read this story


Inquiry: Does the criminal justice system treat disabled people fairly?

The Equality and Human Rights Commission wants to understand the experiences of disabled defendants or accused in the criminal justice system. People who are charged with a criminal offence are called ‘defendants’ in England and Wales, and ‘accused’ in Scotland. They will look at whether the needs of these defendants or accused are properly identified Read this story


Enforcing the Equality Act: the law and the role of the EHRC examined

The Women and Equalities Committee has begun its scrutiny of the Equality Act 2010, following a request for written evidence, which closed on 5 October 2018. The Committee is holding the inquiry into the enforcement of the Equality Act 2010 – legislation which is designed to “provide a legal framework to protect the rights of Read this story


How accessible are Britain’s railway stations consultation?

A consultation on changes to the Disabled People’s Protection Policy (DPPP) Guidance for train and railway station operators has recently closed. The rail regulator, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) will report back on the consultation in Spring 2019. ORR states that a DPPP, “sets out, amongst other things, the arrangements and assistance that Read this story


Perceptions of rail travel consultation

RiDC (Research Institute for Disabled Consumers) has been commissioned by Arriva Trains to explore perceptions of rail travel with a range of consumers with disabilities. The research findings will be used to improve the accessibility and awareness of Arriva Trains passenger access services. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and the data Read this story