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 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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CONSULTATION: Transport Scotland – Improving Parking In Scotland

The Scottish Government want your views on improving the management of parking across Scotland and making regulation more consistent. The consultation asks how the Scottish Government can improve the clarity of the laws of parking, what restrictions should be applied and the exceptions that should be granted. The Scottish Government also aimed this consultation to local authorities to ask them how they can deliver an integrated approach to managing parking, how we should tackle displacement of vehicles and support the town centre regeneration, as well as improving accessibility to all. How To Tell Us What You Think To respond to this consultation,
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Accessible Travel Hub Nominated for Three Scottish Transport Awards

The Scottish Disability Equality Forum (SDEF) is delighted to announce that the Accessible Travel Hub (www.accessibletravel.scot)  has been shortlisted in three categories for the Scottish Transport Awards 2017. The Accessible Travel Hub is an online resource developed by the Scottish Disability Equality Forum that brings together information, articles and guidance on Accessible Travel in Scotland. Shortlisted categories: Excellence in Travel Information and Marketing Excellence in Technology and Innovation Accessibility Project of the Year Now in its 15th year, the prestigious Scottish Transport Awards 2017 brings together the transport community to recognise and celebrate industry achievements across Scotland. Supported by the Scottish
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BSL Consultation

The Scottish Government has opened the consultation on the Draft British Sign Language (BSL) National Plan for the next three months until Wednesday 31 May 2017. This draft plan covers the whole of the Scottish Government and over 50 national public bodies that Scottish Ministers have responsibility for. Other public bodies, including local authorities and regional NHS boards, will publish their own BSL plans next year. This first BSL National Plan will cover the next six years to 2023. Scottish Government Consultation Website: http://bit.ly/bslnationalplan Scottish Government Consultation Facebook: http://fb.me/bslnationalplan Deaf Sector Partnership Website: www.deafsectorpartnership.net Deaf Sector Partnership Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/1470165406637765/
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SPIRE (Scottish Primary Information Resource)

NHSScotland is improving the way it uses information from GP patient records. From May 2017, a new service called SPIRE will be introduced across Scotland, developed to help GPs, the NHS in Scotland and researchers learn from information held at GP practices. A new campaign is underway to inform patients across Scotland of the benefits of the service, and the confidential and secure way in which GP patient records will be used to help plan and improve health care services. It is important all patients are aware of SPIRE, and their choices. To find out more visit spire.scot or call
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