Petition to Govia Thameslink
Allow disabled people freedom to travel on trains
Last week Govia Thameslink Railway instructed their staff not to help people with disabilities to access their trains if there is a possibility offering assistance will make the service late. Apparently this is part of company policy. As a wheelchair user I am appalled by this decision. I use this train service, it’s one of the main things that enables me to lead a 'normal life'. But with this decision Govia has made me feel like an inconvenience, rather than as a human being or a paying customer. I’m worried I will end up missing train after train, or become unable to use the service all together, because it takes “too much time to help people like me.” It can take a little more time to deploy a ramp or to help someone onto a train. And in the past I’ve had experiences where the person meant to assist me is late. I'm concerned if staff decide these adjustments run the “possibility” of making the train late then they will not provide them. These tiny amounts of time shouldn’t mean people like me loose out of traveling on the train. Govia is one of the biggest train operators in the country, there are hundreds if not thousands of disabled people that threaten to be affected by this. If they are struggling to get their trains to run on time they need to find solutions that don’t punish disabled people. We have the same rights as any other passenger to travel on the train and we deserve to be treated with dignity. We need to speak out and hold Govia to account now. If they are allowed to get away with it, other train companies might follow. This could have a disastrous effect on disabled people's travel and independence. This is a disgrace and a step backwards. This policy takes away choice and freedom for many disabled travellers. We CANNOT let this policy continue! Please sign my petition calling on Govia Thameslink to scrap this policy
Petition to Nadim Zahawi, Damian Hinds MP
Stop using labels as an excuse! Teach disabled children to read and write #TeachUsToo
My name is Jonathan Bryan and I am 11 years old. Until the age of 9 I was unable to communicate, as I am in a wheelchair with Cerebral Palsy and my voice does not work. Learning to spell, using only my eyes, has totally transformed my life, but it is only possible because my mother taught me to read and write. What brings me incredible sorrow is watching my non-verbal friends in wheelchairs miss out on the fullness of life because no-one believes that they are worth teaching literacy to, and waiting locked in for someone to give them a chance to have a voice. In my experience, non-verbal children like me can’t be described as having Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) when they have never been taught. At the age of 4, I entered the special education system yoked with the label PMLD despite no-one having taught me; or having found a way for me to communicate. I believe children like me should be reclassified as having Profound and Multiple Access to Learning Difficulties. Special needs teachers must believe in the potential of their pupils, take the time to find out how the different children will access literacy, and then teach them. Disabled children with communication issues are not being taught in special schools. They are being babysat! If literacy was taught to children in special schools more children would be unlocked like me. My dream is that every non-verbal child is taught to read and write. Underestimating special needs children is robbing them of their right to education and communication. Until this is seen as the abuse it is, nothing will change. Reforming the special needs curriculum must be a priority. #TeachUsToo You can read more about my story on my blog: eyecantalk.net Twitter: @eyecantalk Facebook: Eye Can Talk YouTube: Teach Us Too
Petition to Disney World, Disney Disability Services, Disney , Disney Accessibility Manager
Please provide toilets which are accessible to all
Disney World has millions and millions of visitors every year and is the most visited holiday resort in the world, yet they still do not have toilets in their theme parks which are accessible to all. Many disabled people- my little brother included- require a hoist to access the toilet and others require an adult changing bench and hoist to allow them to be changed cleanly, safely and with dignity (at least ¼ of a million people in the UK alone). On speaking to Disney World about this, I was informed that disabled children or adults who need a hoist have to pay to hire one themselves if they want to use the toilet. Otherwise they are expected to go all day without being able to use the bathroom. I asked if I could contact someone at the Disney parks to suggest they provide fully accessible facilities, but was told this wasn’t possible. Not only are mobile hoists heavy things to be carrying back and forth from the parks every day (along with pushing wheelchairs, carrying slings and everything else people normally bring to the parks), but it seems a little bit unfair for disabled people to have to pay to use facilities which able-bodied people are allowed to use for free. Especially as such a huge company would absorb the costs of buying and maintaining hoists in a second. Disney were unsure as to whether families would also have to pay to store the hoist once they got to the parks, if it was too heavy for them to carry around all day. The parks have a bed in their first aid area which can also double up as a changing bench if there is no one in the area or using the first aid facilities, but the bed isn’t in a restroom and again, there is no hoist available. The lack of hoist means that transfers could be unsafe (or impossible) for the person with disabilities, but also for their carer. I believe disabled children (and adults!) have just as much right to visit Disney World and experience the magic as able-bodied children, and that they have the right to be able to use the toilet whilst they're there. Fortunately there are two small things Disney World can do to change this!- Provide a ceiling track hoist in the companion bathrooms at the parks (in the meantime they should make a mobile hoist available for families that need it).- Provide an adult-sized, profiling changing bed in the companion bathrooms. Many places provide fully accessible restrooms and I don’t believe in a place such as Disney World “Where dreams come true” that disabled people should have to pay to access their otherwise inaccessible toilets. I really do hope WDW sees the dignity, comfort and safety of the disabled children and adults that visit them as important. The Parks, and especially their Cast Members, bring so much joy and pixie dust to so many people every year and I just hope they can make it so everyone can use the toilets at their parks. Disney World: please make these two small adjustments so that everybody can enjoy the magic of Disney equally! Everybody should be able to meet Mickey!For more info about Changing Places facilities, please see:www.changing-places.org
Petition to Welsh Government, Julie Morgan, Councillor Huw Thomas, Councillor Graham Hinchley
Keep funding organisations that support families of children with disabilities and ALN.
Families with children with disabilities and additional learning needs face many struggles. We have to fight for the support that our children need constantly. We fight to get appropriate help within schools. We fight to access the health and social services our children need. We fight to ensure that our children are able to access the benefits that they are entitled to. Families First, a Welsh Government initiative to support vulnerable families, is removing its funding to Snap Cymru and Diverse Cymru. Snap Cymru assist families to access appropriate support in education. Diverse Cymru advise and advocate for families trying to access disability benefits for their children. It will become even more stressful and difficult for us to get appropriate support for our children. The system is already stacked against families with disabled children, statutory services are thin on the ground and we are now going to see a drastic reduction in the support offered by two organisations which provide essential advice and advocacy. There has been little or no consultation with the carers and families that this decision will affect. Both of these organisations have been a lifeline for many of us during extremely difficult circumstances. We want the Welsh Government, Cardiff Council and Families First to review the Families First funding decision and prevent the loss of yet more services for disabled children and their families.
Petition to Gord Cebryk
Revoke Automated Parking Enforcement and Make Edmonton More Accessible
The city of Edmonton has announced that they plan on automating the process of parking enforcement for Epark parking zones. Before, the city had people hired to manually enforce their parking, but as of July of this year, it is going to become fully automated, and cameras will check licence plates to determine whether they have paid for parking or not. These cameras are unable to detect handicap placards, and as they put it, "As a result, courtesy parking for placard holders will be discontinued at EPark stalls when the new system is in place." This is a low blow to those in Edmonton with disabilities, as Edmonton is already very poor for accessibility, and now they are making life for those with disabilities more expensive and more difficult to move around. It is already difficult for many people with disabilities to work full time or even at all, combined with how difficult it can be to get any kind of social help from programs such as Alberta Works or AISH, it is insured to begin taking away free parking for those with disabilities. Parking in Edmonton is already very expensive to begin with, many places being between $4-$7 for only an hour, this is not an okay thing for the city to do. One other issue that arises from this is that of enforcement. If these cameras cannot detect placards, what prevents people from simply parking in handicapped spots without a pass? This is a blatant money grab for the city, and some of its most vulnerable people are going to be paying the price for it. I myself do not have any disabilities, thankfully, but my girlfriend has MS and she has been wheelchair bound for a few months now, we are in the process of applying for a placard right now, and it seems we will be getting it just in time to have to deal with this. It is insulting to those who work hard to support those with disabilities that the city is so ready and willing to take advantage of them for a bit more cash in their pockets. I am asking you to please consider signing this, I would like the city to revoke their automated parking enforcement and continue to do so manually, this will prevent people from abusing the system and parking in handicap stalls as well as help those with disabilities who cannot afford to pay for parking. Thank you for your time.
Petition to Transport For London, Chris Grayling, Mike Brown, Vernon Everitt
Get TFL to add 'Look Up. Does someone need your seat?' to their announcements. #LookUp
I am disabled with very limited mobility and a chronic pain condition which makes commuting incredibly difficult at the best of times. I have my 'please give me a seat' badge and card which I wear whenever I travel, but it is not enough. I still find myself having to plead with people for a priority seat (or any seat) on tubes and buses. Part of the problem is people do not look up at the stops. Sometimes intentionally, sometimes because they are engrossed in their phone or paper. This petition is to ask TFL and the Minister for Transport to launch a new campaign. A 'Look Up' campaign. TFL have pre-recorded announcements on every bus and tube in the city with upcoming stop information, with mind the gap announcements. I would like TFL to consider introducing an announcement at every stop with the message 'look up, does someone need your seat?'. It is so hard as a disabled traveller. Sometimes I have the strength and gumption to interrupt people and ask them to move but I've been refused several times and it is embarrassing, making each subsequent time I need to ask more and more difficult. I feel I should not have to beg someone to give up a priority seat. And in fact I've given up my own seat when I've seen people in even more need than me when able bodied travellers have ignored them. Having to ask someone to vacate a priority seat is incredibly hard. Not just because of the embarrassment or fear or rejection but because you cannot be sure if the person sitting in it is able to stand or not. It is vital that the onus is on able bodied travellers to look up and offer their seat if it is required. These announcements will be even more important for those with invisible disabilities who need to rely on their badge to do the talking for them and those who are visually impaired who may need to be told there is a seat free for them. I think the consciousness has to change. We need to try to have it ingrained in the psyche that priority seats are not just a luxury they are a necessity for some travellers. We need 'Look Up' to become as common place and as instinctive as 'Mind the Gap'. We need a poster campaign as wide spread as 'See it, say it, sort it'. Please sign and support this petition. Please encourage TFL to act to help their customers who are less able to stand.
Petition to Chi Onwurah MP, Streetworks
Make Newcastle User-Friendly
I would first like to start out by thanking you for taking the time to read my message.My name is Loren Allison, a 18 year old disabled student from the city of Newcastle. Before my diagnosis of a degenerative neurological chronic pain disorder, my conception of the accessibility for disabled pedestrians was that in a positive light. That was until I had to use mobility aids, and I realised, this was not the case. Roads are uneven, there are very few lowering's in pavements, and the pathways very narrow. Whilst I was able to travel independently, it made it almost impossible, and at times - highly dangerous. Now I have to travel with a supporter, however, they too find it extremely hard to manoeuvre around, and there's parts of the town that are totally off-limits. In my opinion, this denies me the right because of my disability, despite me wanting to be able to gain access to the beautiful city, and explore as I would have done prior to my physical limitations.This is a very un-empowering aspect of daily life for individuals. This is not what our city represents, and not what our nation stands for; and as equals in society, I feel that it is especially important to make the city user-friendly in all respects. Please help me make a difference for the collective by signing my petition today.
Petition to Theresa May MP, Justin Trudeau, BBC
Shut Down Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is an abusive organisation which advocates for the forced cure of people with autism. They are disrespectful of people, such as myself, who were born with this disability and demonise us. They have had multiple fundraisers which go to cure organisations across the UK and The United States - centres where autistic children are denied their right to cope with their disability and taught to act more neurotypical, which is then seen as them being cured, when in fact they are only traumatised into not expressing themselves. Please - shut down this organisation and listen to the protesting voices of people with autism.