Petition to UK Parliament, Theresa May MP
Equality for ALL Assistance Dogs
When people think of Assistance Dogs, they almost always think of a Guide Dog. Assistance Dogs can do so many things, too many to list, they can be Autism Assistance Dogs, Hearing Dogs, Mobility Assistance Dogs, Medical Alert Dogs and many more. Everywhere I go, I see signs saying "no dogs except guide dogs" and as a medical alert dog handler, this directly causes me to have access issues. My Assistance Dog gives me the independence and confidence to live my life, and without her by my side I would not have a quality of life. I am asking the UK Government to make it a legal requirement for service providers to display a sticker which welcomes all Assistance Dogs. Nothing changes if it isn't challenged, and if not now, when? Join me in my campaign for change, fighting for equality for all Assistance Dogs!
Petition to Moto, Welcome Break, Roadchef , Paul Maynard MP
Have accessible changing facilities at every motorway service station in the UK
My name is Zack and I’m 22 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
Petition to Tesco , Sainsburys , Morrisons , Marks and Spencers, Asda , Waitrose
Supermarkets To Commit To Providing Changing Places Toilets In Stores Within 18 Months
Between Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose there are over 2600 large supermarkets across the UK. All of these supermarkets provide toilets for their customers. However, only 9 of those 2600+ stores currently offer changing places style toilets. We want a commitment from all these retailers that they will roll out changing places toilets across their whole network of stores within the next 18 months. People with profound disabilities cannot use a regular toilet or a so called 'accessible' toilet. When they need to use the toilet, or be changed, parents or carers need to hoist them on to a large changing bed. A changing places facility needs to be large enough to allow for a wheelchair user and 2 carers, it should have a height adjustable bed and a hoist which can be used to lift the user out of their wheelchair. There are many times when parents and carers have to resort to changing disabled children and young people on a cramped and often dirty toilet floor or in a baby changing room on a baby changing unit which is unsafe for their size and weight. Adults with profound disabilities are resorting to wearing pads even if they are not incontinent and have to relieve themselves in their wheelchair. They have nowhere to be cleaned and changed until they can leave the store and return home and are left sitting in a soiled pad. Many disabled adults are resorting to with-holding fluids or even having surgery to stop them from needing the toilet when out in their communities. There are a quarter of a million disabled people across the country who need the facilities a changing places toilet offers. How many stores provide changing places toilets in the UK?Asda - 4 (1 opening 2018)Tesco - 3 Sainsburys - 1Morrisons - 1Waitrose (& John Lewis) 0M&S - 0 None of these chains have committed to providing these facilities in all their stores despite knowing the conditions faced by customers when they do not have them. They all provide toilets for their other customers in their stores and many provide a variety of facilities including ladies toilets, gents toilets, disabled / accessible toilet, ambulant disabled toilets, baby changing rooms and even baby feeding rooms. Things need to change urgently before a disabled person is injured in a supermarket toilet. There are currently no specific building regulations which require a changing places toilet within these stores, although they are required if businesses wish to meet British Standards. However, these businesses are all bound by the Equality Act 2010 which requires reasonable adjustments for disabled people. We would hope that seeing an image of a disabled child on a toilet floor would be enough to make them want to make a change within their stores on moral and ethical grounds. We don't want to hear any more excuses of trials, lack of customer feedback or not enough space. The time has passed for vague promises that they might try to install one when they refurbish. These facilities are essential to many people. They take up less space than one car parking place, there are many ways to integrate them into existing spaces or even in a prefab arrangement. These facilities are needed now, there is no need to wait for a reason to refurbish, this is a reason in itself. We want a commitment from all these retailers that they will roll out changing places toilets across their whole network of stores over the next 18 months.
Petition to Twitter, Inc, Twitter
Twitter to look at reports closer & ban users deemed to be bullying a disabled person
Twitter are useless at deciding what's bullying and what isn't. I want someone to help me rid the true bullies and cowards off ALL social networks but mostly Twitter as they don't seem to understand what a disabled person feels when there is a cyber bully tweet. Twitter need to realise that it is as hurtful as a real physical attack in some cases. Bullies slander me and my friends and something has to be done about it, big time.
Petition to Leo Goodwin, Wolfhart Hauser, Matthew Gregory, email@example.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
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.
Petition to Cllr Clare Coghill, Social Needs Panel, MP Stella Creasy
Please urge Walthamforest council to accept autism as a medical condition
My daughter was diagnosed with autism at the tender age of 19 months old. She is now 4 years old. She’s about to start integrating into a specialist needs school. She cannot talk, is unable to use toilets, and cannot eat by herself. She is unaware of any dangers and falls constantly due to sensory difficulties. Imagine a life where trying to help your child who screams near about all day affects the quality of life for you and your family. I can’t imagine the suffering my daughter goes through unable to talk, communicate or make friends. Walthamforest council have not considered her autism to be a medical!. She has been awarded not 1point for her condition. She’s been receiving higher rate dla since her diagnosis. She needs constant care around the clock. Walthamforest have not taken into consideration any of her difficulties no matter how many letters that have been written by professionals who work around my daughter. As a mum and carer for my daughter life is not easy, but I have to keep fighting for the right of my disabled child. Help me get Walthamforest council to accept autism as a real medical condition and award points accordingly. Autistic children need routine, stability and lots of love. Without any doubt every day is a struggle for my autistic child. Don’t let Walthamforest turn their backs on disabled children. Help me in making them change how they look at autism. Without giving names I was told by people who work there they don’t see it as a medical! With your support we can change this.
Petition to Google Inc., 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.