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disability access

19 petitions

Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to UK Parliament

Parliament: Make UK Airports More Accessible For Disabled Travellers.

Major airports in the UK are failing in their duty to be accessible to disabled customers. A lack of  facilities and awareness amongst staff on how to support disabled travellers are causing problems including: Disabled people being humiliated,  left on planes, having mobility equipment lost and damaged, being separated from carers. The Civil Aviation Authority have agreed that UK airports do not have adequate training or facilities to appropriately assist disabled travellers and yet still the government has yet to do anything to enforce real change. In January of this year I was left frightened and humiliated by Stansted airport after trying to board a plane. Flying is stressful at the best of times but navigating the airport as a disabled person is being made by more difficult and often impossible a widespread lack of awareness by airport staff in the UK. Despite making millions of pounds airports are letting down both staff and passengers by not appropriately training staff on how to help disabled flyers. Suffering from a connective tissue disorder means I may look like a “healthy” person, but I am unable to carry out many day-to-day tasks without support. My condition causes widespread chronic pain and chronic fatigue, and I due the fragility of my internal organs I am not allowed to lift any heavy objects, as this causes ruptures which can be fatal, the faulty tissue in my heart means I pass out up to 10 times a day and cannot stand still for more than a few minutes without going into tachycardia. I take 13 tablets a day in order to be able to stand up and will be in physiotherapy for the rest of my life. My vision, balance coordination are all affected. And I do not have full control of my bowel or bladder. I also suffer with anxiety and am on the autistic spectrum. After requesting ‘special assistance’ (the dubious name given to disability support at airports) months in advance I was left at the airport without any of the help I had asked for and told that only disabled people are allowed help. Despite being legally disabled since 2013, I was judged solely on the way that I look. Airports are legally required to be accessible to everyone, however the experience of myself and of many others is an environment of hostility and inaccessibility. After taking about my experience with the media I received almost one hundred messages from other disabled travellers, who shared their own airport horror stories and to my distress I discovered that my case was not an isolated incident, disabled people are being let down by every major airport in the UK. As a frequent  traveller I have never experienced the kind of decimation that I regularly experience in the UK by any foreign airport and it shocks me that the UK as a society are so far behind when it comes to disability rights, in particular for people with Invisible disabilities. I ask the government on behalf on everyone in this country who has been discriminated against at the airport, please: ·         Require all airports in the UK to carry out disability awareness training to all customer facing staff. This should have to include awareness of invisible disabilities. This should be made a legal requirement via a change in the current law. ·         Require airports to change the name from ‘special assistance’ to ‘Disability Support’ to make it clear what this service is.  We are not ‘special’ we have a disability. ·         Require all airports to adopt the approach of Southend Airport and offer customers with invisible disabilities lanyards to prevent confusion and judgement from staff. Thank you, Natalie Allport-Grantham

Natalie Allport-Grantham
23 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Transport For London, Chris Grayling, Mike Brown, Vernon Everitt, Sadiq Khan

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 non-disabled travellers to look up and offer their seat if it is required.  These announcements will be even more important for those with invisible impairments who need to rely on their badge to do the talking for them and those who have visual impairments 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. EDIT: Chris Grayling MP, Minister for Transport has responded to my email asking to look at the national situation with a brush off as policy for disabled passengers not being enforceable. I am not looking for enforcement. I am looking for a campaign to have announcements politely requesting that people look up at stops to see if anyone needs their seat. The national roll out of this campaign was going to come after we'd managed to win with TfL.  Having met with TfL I am confident they will continue to work with me to develop this idea and make it workable on their network.  I have less faith in the Department for Transport.  So please. Keep signing this petition and watching this space. I am NOT removing Chris Graylings name from this petition, the department of transport should be embracing ideas for making travel accessible to all.  

Corry Shaw
2,745 supporters
Started 5 days ago

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. 

Jesse Peters
167 supporters
This petition won 3 weeks ago

Petition to Leo Goodwin, Wolfhart Hauser, Matthew Gregory, tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com

Stop TransPennine Express From Running Inaccessible Trains

TransPennine Express (TPE- part of First Group) is going to run services that are totally inaccessible to wheelchair-users. This is an abuse of the Equality Act 2010 and an abrogation of the Rights of Disabled People.  We demand that TransPennine Express and First Group abandon this discriminatory and likely unlawful plan, and make the necessary arrangements to ensure that every train service it runs is accessible to disabled people.  DNS reports 'From July, TPE is to introduce two extra trains, each with four carriages, all of which will be inaccessible to wheelchair-users...12 of these services without wheelchair provision – six in each direction – will run every weekday between Liverpool and Scarborough via Manchester Victoria, Huddersfield, Leeds and York, using old “Mark Three” coaches. There will be “no space on the train for wheelchairs” and that “the trains will run without wheelchair or cycle provision”. If a wheelchair-user wants to board a service that is using the old Mark Three coaches, they will be told to catch the next accessible train instead. If two consecutive trains are inaccessible, TPE will pay for a taxi to their destination. Six of the 17 hourly trains that run all the way from Liverpool on the west coast to Scarborough on the east coast – and the same number on the return journey – will be using Mark Three coaches, and so will be inaccessible to wheelchair-users.' See more at Disability New Service  

Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP)
2,381 supporters