Monthly Archives December 2015

East Ayrshire Accessible Housing

I was fortunate enough to be invited to view a new accessible house in East Ayrshire last week and it was quite an eye opener. The house was stunning and it wouldn’t be too much to say that this is the gold standard that all accessible housing should be based on. Right from when you approached the house the thought that has gone into the design is obvious. Please follow and like us:
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Edinburgh Access Panel

Our main project at the moment is improving access at Waverley Station, which is probably the most inaccessible station in Scotland because of its’ configuration  and sheer utilisation and because of recent measures to improve security. We’ve had meetings with our MSP who is also convener of the government’s committee that’s been running an investigation into access issues at all of Scotland’s mainline stations. We’ve been involved in Edinburgh Council’s proposal to run a trial which will allow certain types of mobility scooters on Edinburgh’s trams. We’ve been having discussions with the Council’s Transport Management about the issues and about
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Dumfries & Galloway Disability Access Panel

Moffat Community Council The Panel is working alongside Moffat Community Council to improve access to the town centre as well as to businesses in the town. We are providing regular advice to the Community Council on how to achieve increased accessibility. Village Halls in Dumfries & Galloway A few years ago, the Dumfries & Galloway Council transferred responsibility for the control and maintenance of many village halls in the region to the local communities that they served. Most of these village halls quickly discovered that their halls were not accessible and therefore not inclusive of all people in their areas.
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Clackmannanshire Disability Awareness Group

People with a disability in Alloa now have the opportunity to learn computing skills. Working from their base in Cooperage Way, the Disability Awareness Group which also functions as the Access Panel are offering individual tuition to disabled people who may be unable to benefit from mainstream computer classes, or who don’t feel ready to start classes yet. The tuition can make use of screen-reading technology so that attendees with visual impairments or limited literacy skills can learn to access the Internet and send emails. Learners can also take their first steps in writing documents and find out if they
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Centre for Inclusive Living Perth & Kinross

We currently have a display in Perth museum and art gallery which demonstrates how the lives of people with disabilities have changed over the years. Eight members of Centre for Inclusive Living Perth & Kinross (CILPK) have written their life stories and tell us how far they have come to be where they are now, living an independent life in their own flats. The title of the display “One of your wheelchairs has escaped” came from a story from Duncan when he lived in residential care and tried to go to the local hospital to visit a friend, on the
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Caithness Access Panel

Caithness Access panel has been very busy with a wide variety of activities. We have been involved in an on-going program of access audits on small shops across the region. An audit was also carried out at Castletown Garden Centre and the owners will be reviewing and acting on access issues. We have also undertaken an audit of the local play park. A survey was undertaken at the new council offices in Wick and we found the council to be very open and co-operative. We have also undertaken audits and surveys at these locations: Survey of the town hall car
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Bon Accord Access Panel

Aberdeen City Council has recently recognised the Bon Accord Access Panel as the Access Panel for the City. It is early days and we are still finding our feet but have a group of active members. We have elected a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer and a wider group of interested people who feed in comments and can be involved more deeply as the occasion occurs. Our members have a wide experience of disability issues, including physical, sensory, mental health and learning disability. Many have joined us because of personal and family experience as well as voluntary and professional
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Badenoch & Strathspey Access Panel

Our panel has been very busy producing and distributing our new Access Guide. The guide is full of helpful information about disabled access and facilities in the local area. It has been so popular, we are about to have it reprinted. We are also on the process of updating of our website www.strathspeyaccesspanel.org Presently we are working closely with Highland Council’s Senior Building Control Surveyor assessing plans, ramps and access to disabled toilets. We hope to take out a full page advert in the local Press to promote the work of our Panel. Please follow and like us:
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Orkney Access Panel

One of the key achievements from Orkney Access Panel this summer was to persuade councillors to navigate the streets of Kirkwall in wheelchairs. It made them more aware of some of the issues, and raised public awareness of the issues too – there was coverage on Orkney Radio and in the Orcadian. Morven Brooks, Communications Manager from Scottish Disability Equality Forum travelled to Orkney and held a Disability Roadshow. This was well attended by panel members, council employees and members of the public. Not only were important issues raised and discussed but it also raised the profile of the Access
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AccessAble Borders CIC

AccessAble is the recognised Access Panel for the central Scottish Borders. We work towards achieving equality for disabled people and creating an accessible environment for all. Access is not just about physically getting around a building; it includes everything people might need or desire to live a full and independent life: equal access to information, services, job opportunities, social events, etc. Please follow and like us:
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