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SHIRE Changing Places Grant

Standard accessible toilets don’t meet the needs of all people with a disability or their families and carers. Leicestershire council has made funding available to install Changing Places toilets Grants are available to public and private sector organisations in Leicestershire (excluding Leicester City and Rutland) that are responsible for publically accessible buildings in which a Read this story


Warning after Shropshire man caught using bogus blue disability badge

Shropshire Council has issued a stark warning to people abused disabled parking rules after a man was handed a suspended sentence for making and using a false blue badge. The authority prosecuted Christopher Thomas at Telford Magistrates Court, in a case brought under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981 and the Road Traffic Regulation Act Read this story


UK airports show big rise in help for disabled passengers

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today published its annual report on the accessibility services provided by the top 30 UK airports. The report highlights that there are more than three million requests for assistance at UK airports annually – a rise of almost 80 per cent since 2010. Satisfaction levels remain high, with Read this story


University of Bristol and Disability Rights report: Getting Things Changed

‘Disability rights are not always seen in practice, with disabled people still facing many barriers; material and attitudinal.’ The final report; ‘Getting Thing Changed’, a research project by the University of Bristol and Disability Rights explores how social practices can exclude disabled people, and how this can be changed. The report states that all social practices Read this story


Building routes into construction degrees with greater equality

The BRIDGE project is seeking to understand and tackle barriers to higher education participation and recruitment reports Opeyemi Dele-Ajayi, Research Fellow, Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Northumbria University. The UK construction industry is facing a massive skills gap. Workers are exiting the industry while applicants and entrants are not coming in at the same rate… Read Read this story


Disabled boy sues theme park over lack of suitable toilet

A severely disabled boy is suing a theme park for failing to provide a suitable “changing places” lavatory. Adam George, 11, claims Flambards Theme Park, in Cornwall, discriminated and failed to make reasonable adjustments for him under the Equality Act. Changing places toilets are required by an estimated 250,000 people in the UK who need Read this story


Government puts disabled passengers first by backing innovative projects to improve train journeys

Schemes, including an augmented reality project to support people using sign language, will receive funding to improve journeys for disabled passengers: seven schemes supporting those travelling with disabilities receive funding innovative projects include help for passengers using sign language Transport Accessibility Minister Nusrat Ghani welcomes initiatives which will help make railways accessible to everyone A Read this story


Global Disability Summit 2018

On 24 July 2018 the UK government will co-host its first ever Global Disability Summit with the International Disability Alliance and the Government of Kenya. The Global Disability Summit 2018 will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London and will bring together more than 700 delegates from governments, donors, private sector organisations, Read this story