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Changing Places Toilets campaign

Both Falkirk Area Disability Access Panel (FADAP) and Renfrewshire Access Panel (RAP) are leading the way amongst Access Panels in the Campaign for Changing Places Toilets. Standard accessible toilets do not meet the needs of all people with a disability.  People with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well people with other physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis often need extra equipment and space to allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably. Changing Places toilets meet these needs.  They come fully equipped with a hoist, changing bed and peninsular toilet plus the space
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How to Use Twitter to Grow Your Access Panel

Social media is becoming an ever increasing part of our lives and it effects the way we communicate with each other.  In order for your Access Panel to maximise its impact you’re going to need to use social media.  Below is an infographic offering some hints and tips on how you can put Twitter to work for you.  They’re a set of golden rules you should be following when engaging with people on Twitter. Maybe you’re looking for new members or you’re wanting to get the word out about a campaign the Panel is about to start? Either way, Twitter
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Improving Access for Disabled People Training 21 March 2017

North Ayrshire Access Panel have organised a training course called ‘Improving Access for Disabled People’ which will take place on Tuesday 21 March 2017 in Irvine.  There are currently 5 spaces available and it is free to attend.  The course starts at 10.30am and finishes at 4.30pm. The course covers the following: Independent Living the Equality Act 2010 the Human Rights Act the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Disability Awareness Disability Etiquette Sociological Elements of Disability It will be a great opportunity for you or another member of your Panel to take part in some
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ScotRail Industrial Action

ScotRail staff have taken the decision to go on strike.  This means that there will be changes to the timetable on the following days: Tuesday 21 June Thursday 23 June Saturday 25 June Sunday 3 July Sunday 10 July Sunday 17 July  It is important to check ScotRail’s website if you plan to travel on any of these days.  ScotRail’s website can be found at https://www.scotrail.co.uk/ If you require assistance for any part of your journey it is important that you contact ScotRail’s passenger assistance.  You can do this by going to your nearest manned station, calling 0800 912 2901, textphone 18001 0800
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Door Step Crime and Bogus Callers

Police Scotland launched their Door Step Crime initiative in late October and will be rolling out information over the coming weeks. This type of crime was always seen as being aimed at the elderly but it is increasingly being carried out against vulnerable people or those that live alone. Bill Logan, our Disability Access Officer recently met with Mike Smith from Police Scotland who provided us with an idea of some of the methods being used. Please follow and like us:
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New Inclusive Design Website

James Davidson, our Online Research and Development Intern, joined us last year for a six month internship with the Scottish Disability Equality Forum. James’ internship involves researching and producing content for a new Inclusive Design Website. The website aims to improve awareness and implementation of best practice in accessible design for planners, architects, and other building professionals. There will be two key parts to the website: Please follow and like us:
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Falkirk Area Disability Access Panel

Falkirk Area Disability Access Panel (FADAP) has been involved in a comprehensive street audit of the route from Grahamston Station to the Retail Park. This was completed with the help of “Living Streets”. While Falkirk Council has undertaken to improve some of the smaller items which we identified, we are in the process of pushing for further improvements including a better crossing point at Meeks Road. Stakeholders Tesco and Scot Rail have been approached and have made positive contributions. This project has taken up most of FADAP’s time. However we have carried on with the “bread and butter” business of
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Ross and Cromarty Access Panel

Ross-shire have been working closely with Inverness Access Panel where there is a lot of development work happening. Raigmore Hospital is being refurbished, there is a large new town being planned to the east of Inverness and there has been a consultation on the new station on the Aberdeen line at Dalcross which will serve the airport. Find contact details for the Panel in our Directory Please follow and like us:
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East Dunbartonshire Access Panel

New premises for our meetings are being looked at which will have more suitable access. Discussions at present are taking place with EDVA, hoping to rent a desk in their offices part time, which will hopefully allow for better contact with the public. At the ‘Merkland Nature Reserve’ in Kirkintilloch, we have been involved in advising the rangers regarding making pathways easy to manoeuvre and get around with access easier for all. We have made good progress with this, and the work is ongoing. Please follow and like us:
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West Dunbartonshire Access Panel

We have recently been involved in the following activities: Involved with the West Dunbartonshire Integration Group. This group looks to integrate the Refugees from Syria into West Dunbartonshire. We have also been to three design project meetings for the new health centre. We have been involved in a designing and planning group for three more care We attended the Scottish Human Rights Roadshow held in Clydebank hoping to work closely with them to set up Community Champions. Have participated in a mystery shop with Scot Rail to Central Station in Glasgow. Please follow and like us:
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