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disability

161 petitions

Update posted 7 hours ago

Petition to Moto, Welcome Break, Roadchef , Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Graham Jones MP, Paul Maynard MP, jack straw mp, Cat Smith MP, jonathan Reynolds mp

Have accessible changing facilities at every motorway service station in the UK

My name is Zack and I’m 21 years old. That's me in the picture above. I have cerebral palsy which affects the use of all my four limbs and my speech. I am tube fed, use a touch screen speech machine to communicate and an electric wheelchair to get around. I am campaigning to get accessible changing room facilities installed at all UK motorway service stations. There are many disabled children and adults who, like me are wheelchair users and require suitable spaces and the assistance of a carer when needing toilet and changing facilities during long journeys. At the moment there are very few appropriate facilities on UK motorway routes. I cannot use a regular toilet so when I need to be changed my parents or carers need to hoist me on to a bed. A changing places room needs to be large enough, have a height adjustable bed and a hoist which can be used to lift me out of my wheelchair. There are many times when my parents have to resort to changing me on a cramped and often dirty toilet floor or in a baby changing room. I’m not the only one in this situation, there are a quarter of a million disabled people across the country, many of who, are in need of these services too. Over 1000 facilities are now in operation at tourist attractions, restaurants, museums and leisure centres in the UK, but hardly any exist on major travel routes and so far, all of them are in the Midlands or south of England. Moto are the largest operator of service stations in the U.K. with 60 stations, but so far they only have 5 with changing place rooms with a further 2 planned in 2018. Welcome Break also have 6 such changing rooms. The operators at Moto claim to be "committed to the cause of providing accessible changing rooms", but in reality they say that the cost of installing such facilities is prohibitive and compared to the popularity of coffee shop and food outlets, it is not justified for the number of people who would use them. It would mean a lot of to me if they led the way by introducing accessible changing places in all their service stations and readdressed the balance in providing accessible facilities for all travellers regardless of their needs and abilities. Please support my campaign to improve these basic needs for all disabled travellers. Thank you

Zack Kerr
22,336 supporters
Started 1 day ago

Petition to Folkestone Town Council, Folkestone Parks and Gardens Charity, Kent County Council

Accessable parks for the children of Folkestone, Kent!

We have a new park for children in Folkestone's Radnor Park although this seemed as a brilliant investment and something really progressive for our town however there's one problem - NO accessible equipment for disabled children!You've had a hard day, the kids want to let off steam and play with others, you want a safe area that they can play and get all their energy out? Perfect idea, go to the local family friendly park. But when you get there your baby that has battled so much, grown so much and wants to desperately to play, can't. You struggle to get him on the toys, your heart races as he falls over the inaccessible equipment and you both leave with heavy hearts after your play session turns into a 4 year old meltdown because he can't understand why it's just so difficult. Folkestone is a beautiful town and has seen many different developments over the years but yet again theres nothing for disabled or physically challenged children. As a culture we encourage inclusion, creation and adventure to our children. It's hard enough to teach this to adults let alone children that struggle to understand. We are all equal. We all deserve a chance.We all need a change. This change would mean so much to not only our town but to our children. Please sign to help children adventure, play and grow in a safe environment for all. 

Jamie Reeve
731 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Google Maps, Google

Create Wheelchair Friendly Routes on Google Maps

For most, Google Maps is an essential app used for navigation and travel. It’s revolutionised people’s daily lives - that is if you don’t have a disability. If you do it’s a very different story.   Despite providing different options for all modes of personal and public transport, there are no alternative routes that support those who are disabled or in need of assistance, the main example of this being a lack of wheelchair friendly options. Over the last year, I attempted to travel around London with people who have a range of disabilities, including my mum, who relies on a wheelchair for some journeys. However, we found that all routes provided by Google Maps demanded stairs, bumpy paths, small hills, foot bridges, crossings without slopes and many times there was no room on the pavement for the chair. Most tube services aren't disabled friendly and ruled out yet another option of easy transport. Even if we did want to rely on other forms of public transport, we found that taxi companies struggled to accommodate the chair and buses were too full. Sometimes we’ve been forced to travel along bikes lanes (highly dangerous) or were just walking in opposite directions until it was safe to continue on normal paths. As an alternative, we sought out other maps like Citymapper but this provided us with no relief either. We're constantly trying to make cities and travel accessible, however this seems to be a highly discriminating factor. It's bad enough that only 70 out of 270 tube stations are step-free but by not providing these alternative routes, we're restricting those not as able. We should be advancing and making sure everyone has equal opportunities to be independent. This would not only benefit those who need extra support but families with pushchairs and those reliant on other forms of help like a walking frame. It should be easy for everyone to get around, no matter who you are! Please sign and support this petition to create wheelchair friendly routes available on Google Maps.  

Belinda Bradley
112,403 supporters