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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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Angus Access Panel

Rod McFarlane Award – 2015 The Rod MacFarlane Award is named after Rod MacFarlane who died in 1994 and was a campaigner for disabled people through his work as a regional councillor, chairman of Forfar and District Access for Disabled Trust and the first chairman of Angus Access Panel. Each year the Award is presented to buildings or facilities in Angus which demonstrate the best examples of positive efforts being made to encourage the inclusion of disabled people. There were four premises nominated for the award. Please follow and like us:
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Do you want to improve access in your community?

Volunteer with your local Access Panel today! Access Panels are groups of volunteers who work together to improve physical access and wider social inclusion in their local communities. Panels are made up of disabled people, those affected by disability as well as non disabled people. You can contribute to the great work already being done to make changes to how we all access buildings and services where you live. To find your nearest Access Panel look in our Directory or contact Katrina Watson, Access Coordinator at Scottish Disability Equality Forum T: 01259 272062 or E: katrina.watson@sdef.org.uk Please follow and like
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New Accessible Train Carriages

Today I attended a very interesting event with Jackie Maceira and Pat McGuigan at Queen Street and Central stations in Glasgow. We were looking at the issues around the different models of rolling stock. It was interesting to see how train design has evolved and how access has become so much better. Please follow and like us:
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Lots of developments

As with everyone else in the office I have been very busy over the past while and had some very productive meetings and again this month met with several of the Access Panels. We continue to take part in the Rail users group and along with Pat we are able to feed in the thoughts and suggestions of our members. I supported Morven Brooks at the Dundee Roadshow and the event was very well attended. Discussions were around the Disability Delivery plan and there were some very good conversations and points raised that will be fed back. Architecture Scotland are
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