Employers urged to think differently about disability

A new campaign has launched to help employers in Scotland recognise the benefits of employing staff with disabilities. With only around 40 per cent of disabled people aged 16-64 in employment compared to around 80 per cent of non-disabled people, the campaign aims to increase job opportunities for disabled people by raising awareness of the untapped talent that exists in Scotland. As well as gaining access to a wider pool of talent and skills, employers can benefit from financial incentives and schemes such as Access to Work which supports businesses with any extra costs incurred as a result of employing
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WEEKLY POLL – Accessible Taxis

This week’s poll question is about accessible taxis and whether a new law to reduce discrimination is being followed. On April 6 2017, a new law was introduced to impose penalties on taxi and Private Hire Vehicle (PHV) drivers refusing to pick up wheelchair users. According to this law taxi and Private Hire Vehicle (PHV) drivers have to: • transport wheelchair users in their wheelchair • provide passengers in wheelchairs with appropriate assistance • charge wheelchair users the same fare as non-wheelchair users Taxi drivers face a fine of up to £1,000 if they refuse to transport wheelchair users or
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Doorstep Crime Campaign

We’re supporting Police Scotland’s campaign to #BeatDoorstepCrime. It’s a despicable crime which targets the most vulnerable members of our communities. Please share these keep safe messages to help vulnerable neighbours, family and/or friends #BeatDoorstepCrime: Keep front and back doors locked Fit a door chain or bar – and use it! Expecting someone? Only let callers in if they have an appointment. The message is: if in doubt, keep them out! Always ask for ID Don’t keep large sums of money at home Look out for those in your community Report anything suspicious straight away Call 999 and ask for the
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WEEKLY POLL: British Sign Language (BSL)

To celebrate Deaf Awareness Week 2017, this week’s poll centres on British Sign Language (BSL). British Sign Language (BSL) is a form of sign language that is used in Britain and involves the use of hand movements, gestures, body language and facial expressions to communicate. It is mainly used by people who are either deaf or have a hearing impairment. According to statistics, over 120,000 deaf adults and about 20,000 children in the United Kingdom use BSL to communicate with other people. You can answer our Weekly Poll by clicking on this link: http://your-say-on-disability.org.uk/weekly-poll-british-s…/
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WEEKLY POLL – Brexit

This week’s poll centres on how Brexit will affect disabled people in Scotland. Brexit is an abbreviation for “British exit,” referring to the UK’s decision in a June 23, 2016 referendum to leave the European Union (EU). “Leave” won the referendum with 51.9% of the ballot, or 17.4 million votes; “Remain” received 48.1%, or 16.1 million. The process of leaving the European Union (EU) formally began on March 29, 2017, when Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. The UK has two years from that date to negotiate a new relationship with the European Union (EU).
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SDEF Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2017

We are pleased to announce that our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at the Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ on Tuesday 12 September 2017 at 10.00am. Please note that in previous communications the date was listed as Wednesday 27 September. We changed the date as it clashed with the Inclusion Scotland AGM. If you would like to attend the SDEF AGM 2017, please complete the booking form sent to you.  Please return your completed booking form no later than Wednesday 16 August 2017 to allow arrangements for communication, access or dietary requirements. Please send your
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Accessible Travel Framework Surveys

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 all disabled people can travel with the same freedom, choice, dignity and opportunity as others. Our research involves gathering the views of disabled people on how you find travelling on public transport just now, and how Transport Scotland’s work to apply the framework can best help improve accessibility for disabled people. To
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WEEKLY POLL: Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and The Motability Scheme

This week’s poll centres on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and The Motability Scheme. The Motability Scheme provides an affordable way for disabled people to lease a car, scooter or powered wheelchair in exchange for their mobility allowance. 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). For more information about The Motability Scheme and Personal Independence Payment (PIP), please visit the following links: http://www.motability.co.uk/ https://www.gov.uk/pip/overview Our question this week is: Have you, or someone
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WEEKLY POLL: Mental Health

This week’s poll focuses on mental health.  The Scottish Government has launched a ten-year Mental Health Strategy. The Scottish Government want to improve access to services and support earlier intervention. Their ten-year plan discusses their actions and ambition to improve mental health care and services. The strategy has steps to improve delivery of child and adolescent mental health services – including an audit to look at concerns over rejected referrals, and action taken as a result.The 40 actions in the strategy include: Increasing the mental health workforce in A&Es, GP practices, police station custody suites and prisons – supported by
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WEEKLY POLL – Accessible Tourism

Thank you for taking part in our weekly poll from last week. 65% (17 respondents) said YES, that changes had been made to their homes since 2014 because of their disability. 35% said NO, changes had not been made to their homes. Summer is around the corner and you may be thinking about a holiday. This week our question focuses on accessible tourism. Visit Scotland defines Accessible Tourism as: “A term used to describe tourism that serves the needs of a full range of consumers” The Accessible Tourism market is currently worth an estimated £325m to the Scottish economy. We
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