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Changing Places toilets

New public buildings to have Changing Places toilets for disabled people

New, or majorly refurbished, large buildings used by the public must have Changing Places toilets for severely disabled people, under government proposals.
wheelchair users

New travel experiment reveals dire commutes for wheelchair users

The ‘Going the Extra Mile’ experiment enlisted the help of five wheelchair users who tested five popular commuter journeys in London in an effort to raise awareness of accessibility issues on public transport.
medical cannabis clinics

ECH announces plans to open first UK medical cannabis clinics

European Cannabis Holdings (ECH) has announced plans to open The Medical Cannabis Clinics in a step toward aiding patients living with a range of chronic conditions.
disabled access, UK railways

Disabled access: What can be done to power UK railways forward?

Hilary Stephenson, Managing Director of Sigma explains what can be done to power UK railways forward when it comes to the issue of disabled access.
disability and ethnicity pay gap, gender pay gap reporting

Mandatory disability and ethnicity pay gap reporting

Disability and ethnicity pay gap reporting will become mandatory following a government consultation, so organisations should prepare now, advises Rachel Mapleston from MHR.
UK employees, disability

Disability made top priority by UK employees over age and gender

Over 50% of UK employees surveyed feel disability is a top priority in the workplace, Wildgoose survey finds.
disabled students

Call for universities to improve support for disabled students

Universities are being urged to boost the number of students with disabilities going into higher education and do more to help them succeed.
inclusivity

Taxis are flying the flag for inclusivity in mobility

Safa Alkateb, CEO of Autocab, argues that taxis are the ones flying the flag for inclusivity, and highlights what the rest of the transport industry can learn from them.
digital skills, smart homes, disabled, elderly

‘Smart homes’ to equip elderly and disabled people with digital skills

A new 'smart homes' scheme will aim to help elderly and disabled people develop digital skills to tackle loneliness in rural areas.
opportunities for disabled people

Technology: unlocking opportunities for disabled people in 2019

Technology has presented us with the power to transform the way we live and work, particularly providing life-changing opportunities for disabled people 
accessibility

Accessibility: The key to making government work better

Joshue O Connor, Head of Accessibility (Interim) at Government Digital Service (GDS) argues that accessibility is the key component of making government work better.
disabled access

How the UK’s airports should navigate disabled access

Hilary Stephenson, Managing Director of Sigma explains how the UK’s airports should navigate disabled access.
disabled road users

Muscular Dystrophy UK partnership to improve journeys for disabled road users

A new partnership with charity Muscular Dystrophy UK (MDUK) will bring Changing Places accessible toilets to the majority of motorway service areas — making journeys easier for disabled road users across England
disabled staff

Minister calls on businesses to reveal how many disabled staff they employ

Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Sarah Newton has urged large employers to build more inclusive workforces and report how many disabled staff they employ
health conditions

Support awarded to help people with health conditions stay in work

People with health conditions will receive further support to manage their health conditions at work, thanks to 19 innovative projects set to receive millions in government funding
disabled employment

Disabled employment reaches record high

Real wages are up for the eighth month in a row and 973,000 more disabled people are in work since 2013
accessible shopping

UK launches ‘Purple Tuesday’, the first accessible shopping day

Today see's the launch of 'Purple Tuesday', the UK's first accessible shopping day, organised by the disability organisation 'Purple'
digital skills

£1 million to boost diversity of people working in digital and tech jobs

The government has issued a £1 million Digital Skills Innovation Fund which will support underrepresented groups to find roles in the digital and tech sector.
tourism industry

Call for tourism industry to do more to cater for disabled people

Minister for Disabled People, Sarah Newton, and Tourism Minister, Michael Ellis, urge all leisure attractions to “follow their lead” and ensure they are catering for disabled customers’ needs
specialised housing

£76m to build specalised housing for vulnerable people to live independently

Government have announced a plans to build thousands of extra homes, specially designed for people with disabilities, mental health issues and older people who need extra support, over the next three years which will be funded by an additional £76 million a year.

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