Weekly Poll – Organ Donation

The Scottish Government is to bring forward legislation to provide an opt-out system for organ donation; a change that aims to increase donation rates. This means that people’s consent to donate their organs after death is presumed, unless they have explicitly said otherwise. Do you think the organ donation system should be opt-out? To have your say, please take part in our weekly poll! https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/F8KJSDF
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Weekly Poll – Rail Ticket Access

Thank you to everyone who completed last week’s poll question about road works. 96% of respondents answered yes as road works had affected their ability to get around, 4% of respondets answered no. This week’s poll question is about rail ticket accessibility. The Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) is interested to find out if SDEF members have encountered problems buying rail tickets or using concession/companion cards when travelling. The role of MACS is to consider matters about the needs of disabled persons in connection with transport that the committee think are appropriate. MACS also advise Scottish Ministers about
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New poll highlights ticket discrimination for disabled people

A recent poll by the Scottish Disability Equality Forum highlights the discrimination disabled people face when purchasing accessible tickets for events. A total of 81 per cent of people who completed the poll had experienced difficulties buying accessible tickets for events such as live music, theatre, comedy and sport. Many ticket companies and venues do not offer an online service for purchasing accessible tickets. Instead, these must be purchased by phone. A poll respondent explains why this is perceived as discrimination against disabled people: “I have tried on many occasions to buy accessible tickets to events without success. I have
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Scottish Accessible Transport Alliance (SATA) questionnaire

The following questionnaire has been created by the Scottish Accessible Transport Alliance (SATA) to gather information on the accessiblity of taxis and private hire cars. The survey should be completed only by those who use taxis or private hire cars AND a helping dog or a wheelchair (or both). To complete the survey, please click the following link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9GLGGV5
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Scotrail Rail Awareness Open Days

Scotrail have hosted Rail Awareness Open Days in Aberdeen, Glasgow Queen Street, Glasgow Central, Dundee and Edinburgh Waverley and proved popular with disabled people, elderly and those with other mobility impairments including charities. Rail Awareness Open Day is an information event to promote what we do to existing and potential rail users with reduced mobility or simply those who need assistance with their journeys. It provides a learning opportunity to those with reduced mobility on the level of service available and the support they can receive from ScotRail when planning and undertaking their journey by train. It is important that
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Scottish Trades Union Council Disabled Workers Committee survey

The aim of the survey is to get a better understanding of disabled workers views of their employers attitude to disabled people in the workplace, from selection and recruitment to steps they take to help them to retain employment as the impact of their disability affects their normal functional capacity.  This quite often happens as workers get older and reasonable adjustments may be required in order to ensure the person can remain in work. It is the intention of the Disabled Workers Committee to share the findings of this survey with employers and trade unions to help them develop new
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Board Vacancies – SEStran (South East of Scotland Transport Partnership)

The following message has been sent on behalf of SEStrans (South East of Scotland Transport Partnership) Whether it’s starting or the next leg of your public appointments journey, SEStran would encourage everyone interested in transport across the South-East of Scotland to apply for 7 vacancies on our Board. If you have experience of transport personally or professionally in the South East of Scotland and/or the skills to play an important role in making the South East of Scotland transport network, safe, sustainable and inclusive, we want you to apply for a role as a Board member for SEStran. For more information
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Become an Inspection Volunteer

A message sent on behalf of the Care Inspectorate: Passionate about good care? We are looking for people to help us carry out our work. We’d like people who use care services and their family members to help make sure care in Scotland continues to improve, by becoming an inspection volunteer. Inspection volunteers are members of the public who use a care service, have used a care service in the past or care for someone like a family member or friend who has used a care service.  Volunteers help the Care Inspectorate get the views of people using care services.  
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Would you like to appear on The One Show?

The One Show is making a film looking at some of the issues disabled people face when using public transport including trains, trams, buses, taxis, the tube and planes. The One Show is looking for people to record short videos on their phones or cameras when they encounter a problem; for example no help getting off transport (even though pre-booked); accessible toilets being out of order, luggage being left in spaces for wheelchair users or ‘talking’ signposts or buses not working etc. Anyone interested in finding out more or sending a video can contact Laura Pennington on 0161 335 8902 or
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Independent Living Fund: £5 million to support young disabled people.

Young disabled people will be able to access a £5 million fund to help them live more independent lives, Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell has announced. The Independent Living Fund (ILF) will provide a short-term award to people aged 16-to-21 to help the transition into adulthood. It can be used to help the young disabled person to be active, participate and contribute to their local community; aimed at helping them to reach their potential and make a lasting difference to young lives. It follows the set-up of the Scottish Independent Living Fund, in 2015, following the UK Government’s closure of
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