CAE, The Centre for Accessible Environments has been the leading authority and resource in the UK, for over 30 years, on inclusive design and access to the built environment for disabled and older people.
Our support for their campaigning includes a snippets service from ‘Newsdesk’, their Access Newsletter. Each month we highlight 12 key stories.
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Snippets—12 key campaigning stories—CAE Newsdesk—August 2011
Disabled Remploy workers protest over jobs fears
Disabled workers have held protests in Wakefield and Sheffield amid worries over the possible closure of Remploy factories across the UK
Proposal to track mobility scooters using GPS technology
Town hall chiefs have come under fire over plans to track pensioners on mobility scooters using satellites. Manchester City Council is trying to cut costs and make better use of technology.
Campaign success for accessible toilets
There are now 300 registered Changing Places toilets in the UK. On 9 July, a Changing Places toilet was opened to the public at the Museum of Liverpool – the 300th facility of its kind in the UK.
Disabled users get special beach huts on Bournemouth seafront
Four new beach huts designed for disabled users have opened on Bournemouth beach. A wooden access trackway enables visitors in wheelchairs to access the beach.
Rural transport cuts put essential services out of reach
Most local authorities plan to cut public transport in the countryside and raise fares, keeping rural people from essential services. Rural-dwellers who are unemployed, young or old, or disabled are increasingly stuck in their homes and unable to access essential services, MPs have warned.
Strengthening Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations Programme
Last month, Maria Miller, the Minister for Disabled People, launched the new programme to support disabled people’s User Led organisations (DPULOs).
Why do disabled cinemagoers get the worst seats in the house?
Investigation by the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s Trailblazers has exposed the second-class service people with disabilities experience in UK cinemas.
Torquay man wins AA disability case
An AA patrolman from Torquay has won a disability discrimination case against his employer.
Autistic employee awarded £1.3 million in disability discrimination case
An autistic senior member of staff at a law firm has settled a disability discrimination claim for £1.3 million, understood to be one of the largest settlements reached for this form of discrimination.
Dimensions and ODEON Present Autism Friendly Films
Dimensions and ODEON announce the launch of Autism Friendly Films. The project aims to raise awareness of the sensory differences experienced by people and, to promote the cinema-going experience for people with autism.
Leading charities call for government action for disabled children
A group of 25 leading disability and children’s charities and other organisations have become amongst the first to petition the government using the new DirectGov e-petition website, launched at the beginning of August.
Employers to help break the ‘disability glass ceiling’
Over seven million disabled people in the UK are being prevented from getting jobs or reaching their full potential by employers and recruitment providers who are imposing a ‘glass ceiling’ upon them, according to a DWP Disability Steering Group.