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disability discrimination

20 petitions

Update posted 18 hours ago

Petition to Moto, Welcome Break, Roadchef

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
73,884 supporters
Update posted 1 month 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
129,782 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to David Bennett Sanctuary Housing Group, John Abbey Haringey Council

Bring Adam Payne Home Now!

Our son Adam Payne has been made homeless after, undergoing major spinal fusion surgery at Great Ormond Street Children's hospital, on 4th may 2017. Adam now has metal rods from his neck down his lower spine. It was a major and complicated surgical procedure. Some of you may recognise Adam from the BBC2 documentary called "This is Tottenham" prior to his life saving surgery. Things are even worse for Adam and our entire family now. Adam is almost 12 years old and is a kind,fun loving child. Adam used to love being around his family and friends, loves football ,especially Arsenal FC, and going to the park. Adam loves books and Julia Donaldson is his favourite author, he has a wide range of musical taste from classical to stevie Wonder to Bob Marley. Adam is severally disabled, he is also blind with epilepsy. He has quadrapeligic cerebral palsy affecting all four of his limbs. He is doubly incontinent, he cannot sit up, walk having to use a wheelchair. He cannot talk and remains non verbal with global developmental delay. Adam needs 24HR supervision and care. Despite Adam's disability he is super resilient, patient, and in my opinion a true warrior. Grown adults would have crumbled,with what his had to face in his life. Written off by doctors at birth who said he wouldn't live till five, four major operations at Great Ormond Street, Adam is a true warrior in every sense of the word and an inspiration to anyone that he meets.
 For almost nine years Adam has been caught either side,of Haringey council and Sanctuary Housing and their failure to work together. Haringey council have failed to assess Adam's needs properly and support Adam by providing basic everyday equipment that he requires. Equipment that will allow him to live his day to day life. This includes very very basic intervention like a hand and foot splints, a wheelchair, home seating system and the list goes on.......... For the last 8 years Haringey Council have been denying and obstructing Adam's home adaptations that will meet his complex health and care needs. This has meant my wife his main carer and I have been carrying Adam,up and down stairs and around the house placing Adam at serious risk of injury. Sanctuary Housing state they can only be guided by Haringey's occupational therapy team who are incompetent. Unfortunately Adam is trapped between two organisations. Both blame the other and claim their actions are totally ethical and within Adam's best interests. Haringey Council have failed to search for a post operative placement in good time and secure it. Discharge from Great Ormond Street was imminent as Adam was already bed blocking. In desperation we sourced Haven House Hospice and pleaded for Haringey to send him there. Adam stayed at Haven House Hospice for six weeks. When the placement expired Adam had nowhere to go. He was faced with immediate homelessness as Haven House Hospice was not prepared to extend his placement and discharged Adam. So we had no choice but to rush Adam to Whittington hospital where he was born.  Haringey Council insisted they pack Adam off to a home in Croydon, where violent children are housed and there isn't any stimulation, nor did it meet any of Adam's complex needs. Haringey council then made a "u turn".Insisting Adam must return home to a environment which doesn't meet his complex needs. Haringey's other option is to pack Adam of to Skegness or Surrey miles away from his family and friends.  At no point was any consideration given to Adam's feelings,because he is severely disabled, and a child of colour he can be treated with utter disrespect and contempt by Sanctuary Housing Group and Haringey Council in Britain! in 2017!  This doesn't address Adams Housing needs as Haringey Council don't have a clue what their doing. They are stumbling alone wasting precious time that Adam can I'll afford to be wasting. Even after a High Court Judge ordered Haringey Council, that Adam cannot return home as it is unsuitable for Adam's needs, Haringey Council insists Adam returns home. They have threatened us,that they will apply for a Care Order if we do not take Adam home.  This is clearly not in Adam's best interests to be removed from his family, simply because of Haringey Council and Sanctuary Housing's failure to work together to adapt the house. Adam cannot continue to live in this house and live without being washed,unable to use his equipment that allows him to stand. In an environment which is wholly unsuitable for Adams Complex needs.Adam is currently living at the Whittington Hospital in Islington, even though he is not unwell. This truly is the stuff of nightmares of any parent.  The Whittington Hospital cannot discharge Adam. So he now lives in a cramped boiling hot hospital room, kept in isolation due to a strain of MRSA, and cannot acccess the play room nor the playground outside his hospital room. Adam cannot return home not because we are bad parents, to the contrary, it's because the property doesn't meet his complex needs. Our complaints have fell on deaf ears to both the brightest minds, at Sanctuary Housing Group and Haringey Council for 8 years that will soon become 9 years. This could have been avoided years ago with common sense,planning, parallel partnership working between Haringey Council and Sanctuary Housing Group. Adam's situation is beyond crisis point, it breaches all of his human rights, criminals and terrorists get treated better by the state. I implore any decent human being to please sign this petition as it seems both Haringey Council and Sanctuary Housing Group, care more about public opinion than my son Adam's welfare. As the great Mahatma Gandhi said:"The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members"               

Liam Payne
1,282 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to House of Windsor, disability rights uk, equality and human rights commision, employment appeals tribunals, Jackie Ashley Journalist @guardian, Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, Professor Ley Sander, David Barrett, Home Affairs Correspondent Telegraph, Laura Donnelly Health Editor for the Telegraph, Hugh Pym Health editor for BBC, Nick Grimshaw BBC Radio 1 DJ, Nigel Freshman Smooth Radio DJ, Andrew Castle Smooth Radio DJ, Lady Ruth Deech, chair of the Equality Act and disability committee,, Justin Tomlinson MP, Baroness Onora O'Neill, Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE, Saghir Alam OBE, Professor, epilepsy action, epilepsy research.org, Alex Rennie Salisbury Journal, House Of Lords

More enforcement of Disability Discrimination Law to protect disabled people at work.

I was born with medically intractable epilepsy, my education suffered and my prospects of having any career that would enable me to live independently were diminished by the impact of the epilepsy, and the discrimination that I often faced. In an attempt to remedy that, I had surgery to remove my right temporal lobe and my hippocampus. I secured a job in the NHS as a Medical Photographer, and I disclosed my medical background on my job application. I loved my job and was promoted in my post I was bullied over a significant length of time by a senior colleague, and harassed by a manager after protesting against the bullying behavior towards me. An investigation found that I had been bullied and harassed on five counts, and the company policy stated that the penalty for that was dismissal. Even though I made protected disclosures about my medical background and my fear for my own welfare, I was told by a Nurse Director and HR that I had no choice but to continue to work with my colleague without a manager present, despite her being found on five counts of bullying and harassment of me. A OH Consultant who was also legally trained, advised that I should not be forced to work with or have contact with my harasser. A clinical psychologist also advised against a second mediation, which was being forced on me with threats of disciplinary action if I did not take part. I had disclosed that the epileptic auras had returned, and I was diagnosed as significantly depressed by the clinical psychologist who advised against the second mediation. With the help of  solicitors Russell Jones and Walker, I made a grievance for reasonable adjustments to be made so that I could continue in my job, but not have contact with the person who was found against for bullying and harassment of me. I became very traumatised, and had anxiety attacks each time I came into contact with the Bully, my biggest concern was that stress was always a trigger of the epilepsy. Before my grievance for reasonable adjustments was investigated or responded to, I was placed on forced suspension against the advice of a legally trained OH Consultant who asked "why wasn't the bully dismissed". At a preliminary hearing in the tribunals, Judge Craft also asked the same question. My employer was the NHS, and under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, employers of such size are required to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people. Whilst making protected disclosures to a nurse director about the epileptic auras, she commented to me " they can do what they want, they are not going to sack the bully". It was never part of the terms and conditions of my contract that I had to be subjected to bullying and harassment. My request for reasonable adjustments was however not upheld, and I was not allowed to go back to work in the job that I loved, and was giving me the means to live independently for the first time in my life. I was paying union subscriptions to Unison, and I spent my house deposit on solicitors after my Unison Rep told me she was not qualified enough to help me. Despite my efforts to keep my job and work in a harassment free zone, I was not allowed to go back to work, and I was dismissed on grounds of irretrievable breakdown in working relationships. I became very ill, and I was also threatened with eviction by my employer Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, even though I was paying my rent. From disclosure of my P.File, I discovered written evidence that my dismissal was being instigated by directors and HR, immediately after my colleague was found against on five counts of Gross Misconduct against me, and it took eighteen months of unreasonable threats and harassment, which made me ill to the point I was disabled and unable to cope in the presence of my harasser, due to the physical and psychological impact that was having on me. Shortly after the preliminary hearing in 2013 where Judge Craft asked the question "why wasn't the bully dismissed", I discovered that Salisbury NHS foundation Trust dismissed the bully. Shortly after that, DAC Beachcroft, (solicitors acting for my former employer) applied to the court to get my medical reports thrown out of court. Before the hearings took place, they also wrote to me stating that they would make application for me to pay their legal fees, but if I withdrew my claims they would reconsider. My mother attended the tribunal with me. At the tribunal I was represented by Michael Oram. Whilst it was not accepted by Judge Kolanko that I was disabled by epilepsy, (despite having suffered that and the impact of it for the majority of my life) and the removal of my right temporal lobe, and my right hippocampus, it was accepted that I had become disabled presumably by the disparity of treatment.  It was also commented by two lay judges that I should not have been forced into a second mediation, and there was also criticism about the risk assessment that was advised/recommended but never actioned by managers. Under cross examination of one manager, he claimed he did not have the tools in his tool box to do a risk assessment, another manager claimed that she was doing one in her head. The Nurse director claimed that she was not aware that I was suffering depression, yet the abundance of evidence provided to the tribunal Judges contradicted that claim. She did though admit that she dismissed a disabled person.    My vulnerability should have been considered by my employer, not only from my own disclosures about epilepsy and removal of my right temporal lobe and hippocampus, which were made on my application and also in verbal exchange during discussion with managers, but also from the disclosures and advice that was being given by health care professionals employed by the same organisation, and acting on behalf of myself and my employer.  My inability to cope in circumstances that were being unreasonably forced on me, arose from my own incapacity related to my disclosed protected characteristic, which was worsened by treatment that was unlawful and not a part of the terms and conditions of my contract. Under the protection of the disability discrimination law and the Equality Act 2010, I should have been protected in the workplace, and been able to have kept my job.  

Louise Simmonds
77 supporters