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What sort of social security system would you like to see in Scotland?

  The Scottish Government wants to hear the opinions of people who receive, or have experience of, any of the disability, ill health and carer benefits listed below. This is being done through a series of focus (discussion) groups which are being undertaken across Scotland. Why is this research being carried out? The Scottish Government is committed to building a fairer Scotland and tackling inequalities. This will mean tackling deep seated issues, not looking for quick fixes or temporary measures. Achieving genuine change will take time.  It will also require collective effort and a shared vision of what a fair
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Disability Roadshow Orkney

  Date: 14 October 2015 Time: 11am – 3pm Venue: Orkney Library and Archive, 44 Junction Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1AG We are holding an event for disabled people to come along and find out more about Scottish Disability Equality Forum and how we can help you get your voice heard in your local community. Please follow and like us:
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2015 UNCRPD Consultations by Scottish Government and CoSLA

The Scottish Government and CoSLA (the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities which represents many of Scotland’s local councils) launched consultations on their plans for action on the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). They want you to tell them what you think of their plans.  These plans set out what actions they will take to ensure that disabled people enjoy their human rights under the UNCRPD. They launched their plans for consultation on 8 September 2015. Please follow and like us:
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Falkirk Area Disability Access Panel

  Despite being one of the smallest Access Panels, Falkirk Area Disability Access Panel (FADAP) has worked very hard this year. In March on Access Awareness Day, some members visited various businesses in town to award them with an Access Snapshot if they passed the criteria making them an accessible site for disabled people to use. We deliberately used a member in a powered chair, a manual chair and a member who was visually impaired and deaf. By doing this we felt that most disabilities were being considered. The results were posted on Euan’s Guide. Although the actual Awareness Day
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Busy Busy Busy

It’s been an interesting few weeks and I have met a few more of the panels. I have paid visits to Berwickshire , North Ayrshire, Cumnock and Doon, Glasgow, and East Lothian where I have been made very welcome and would like to thank you all. As well as visiting Panels I have: Delivered a presentation at Action in Mind in Stirling explaining what SDEF is all about which I really enjoyed and had some interesting conversations with folk there. Met with Euan’s Guide, who do amazing work and are very imaginative. Met with Keith from the Scottish Disabled Supporters
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Meeting more Panels

This week I visited Access Panels in West Lothian, Dundee and Angus who are all doing amazing work in their area. It’s really good to be able to put a face to the names and voices at the end of the phone and to hear of the challenges and barriers they face. In addition, I have had a very constructive meeting with Stephanie Rose from Police Scotland regarding 3rd party hate crime reporting and how we can work with them to combat this. Latest figures show that hate crime against disabled people is on the rise, but what is reported
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Access Panel Training – Summer Programme 2015

SDEF have organised a series of training sessions to address the further training needs of Access Panels. Using feedback from our last training programme and the Access Panel Audit we have chosen subjects that Access Panels have indicated they need. We have arranged 5 all day training events at 5 locations across Scotland. Each event will deliver a different subject as detailed below. You can choose to attend all five or just those you are interested in, although you may have to travel a little further to attend your chosen events.   Please follow and like us:
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New Trains Design

I promised I would come back to folk on the meeting regarding new train designs which I attended along with Pat McGuigan. Firstly let me say I am in awe of Pats knowledge of trains and their specifications. It was very interesting and the basic design was met with a lot of approval. Initial reaction is that the rail company have put a lot of thought into the design and is a vast improvement. There were quite a few suggestions around communication of information and it looks like a hearing loop is going to be included in the design now.
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It’s been a busy couple of days

Yesterday I visited Borthwick Castle which was really interesting. The owners are developing it into a top class hotel and events venue, but as you can imagine when the castle was built disability was not high on the agenda, more shooting arrows, throwing spears and pouring hot oil on people. However they are doing everything they can to make the castle as accessible as possible and as you can imagine they face huge challenges, we will keep you informed on their progress. Earlier today I attended a Scottish Government consultation on Hate Crime, which is becoming all too common these
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