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 UK Parliament, Theresa May MP
Make Autistic hate crime as punishable as racism
Far too often in the United Kingdom we see some of the most vulnerable members of our society i:e the Autistic community being abused to the highest degree, they are subjected to horrific levels of bullying and psychological torture; often by those who pretend to befriend them just so they can exploit them for their own personal gain and amusement. Autistic teenager 16 year old Emily O'Reilly (pictured above) was brutalised on her way to a friends house. http://metro.co.uk/2017/02/16/autistic-girl-16-left-with-horrific-injuries-after-being-attacked-by-another-girl-6452142/ If you follow the link above then you will see the urgency of this epidemic, the consequences of such treatment and atrocities are often fatal; why should it be allowed to continue that the lives of some of our most vulnerable are left so undervalued in both society and the justice system? The 1 in 100 people in the United Kingdom who are born with this condition who will most likely experience this kind of abuse is far too many to not implement stronger sentencing for those who commit targeted violent attacks against the autistic community. I urge the government to advise and work with the justice system to put in new legislation, and to follow the guidelines in sentencing already regarding racially, religiously and sexually motivated attacks; let them be just as protected under hate crime laws as everyone else. Thank you and please share & sign!
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 Secretary of State for Education,, Theresa May MP
Rights and Equality for Young People with Additional Needs in Education
The local authority have an obligation to offer choice and to tailor additional educational services to each individual young person’s needs. A major issue for young people with additional needs is that their own rights to a tailored education are not being met. An example of this is the inclusion of young people in to local mainstream schools, with a clear lack of appropriate funding and resources available to enable a positive education experience. The right to select a secondary school applies to all young people resident in the UK, however young people with additional needs are being failed and are being placed in schools that have a resource or provision as appose to the parental choice of a school near their home or with their friends.This is a large scale issue throughout the country affecting almost every parent of a child with additional needs that I have had contact with thus far. There appears to be a pattern of discrimination against children on EHCP’s that is being ignored. Parents/ carers are being left to fight for the rights of their children to fair treatment within education and to be given the same educational options as their peers.If your child has additional needs then you will at some point have to prepare yourself for conflicts surrounding education provisions and local authority funding. This should not be the case as all our young people are the future generation and should be entitled to a fair education, disability or not. This petition has been created to challenge the discrimination of young people with additional needs by local authority education sectors. Our goals are:1. An independent enquiry in to the unfair treatment of young people with additional needs nationally, considering how local authorities are considering the young people and their family/ carers wishes and working in parent partnership.2. To re-examine the wording/ structure of the Section 28A of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, as amended by the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 and the Equality Act 2010. This should aim to ensure that the framework specifically outlines the increased availability of resources in more than one school within the borough for various additional needs, to improve school choice and access.3. To provide each school with the tools to provide education to all young people able to access mainstream school, ensuring that equipment for blind/ deaf and cognitively challenged young people be available within a significantly higher number of educational establishments.4. Prevent any local authority resource based provisions effecting the outcome of school choice, by limiting the parental choice applications due to local authority funding local resource bases for specific needs. The additional needs of a young person should not limit and exclude them from having an equal choice and right to access one of the schools from their three choices.5. Regularly monitor access to education for young people with additional needs for all local authorities, ensuring a positive education experience is being offered to all in partnership with parents and carers. We ask that the minister for education and Prime Minister Theresa May take the necessary steps outlined in our goals, to improve access to education for young people with additional needs.
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 Worcestershire County Council
Save Bromsgrove's Disability Centre From Closure!
Tory controlled Worcestershire County Council are now reviewing all of their day centres that give free short term support to adults who have a disability. Day centres across the County are being faced with closure including Wendron Centre if ‘consultation’ goes against them. We oppose the Tory plans which could lead to the closure of Wendron Centre; a move that would harm some of the most vulnerable in our community. This is part of county-wide action fighting the closure of both over and under 18 disability centres. The Wendron Centre and others like it are vital to the well-being, security and support for both those with disabilities and their families. Closing centres, shutting down support and carrying out cuts to these services is shameful and will barely scratch the surface of the deepening financial troubles the county council finds itself embroiled in. Please sign our petition, follow our campaign and join us on one of our stalls or demonstrations. Facebook: www.facebook.com/bromsgrovelabourparty Website: www.bromsgrovelabour.co.uk Please contact the councillor responsible for the oversight of this consultation to voice your concern and make our voices heard: Mr Adrian Hardman - Aihardman@worcestershire.gov.uk - 01684 773172 - 07904 520363
Petition to UK Home Office, Keir Starmer, Sajid Javid
URGENT! Give Natasha the right to stay in the UK with her husband of nearly 6 years!
There is a 2 week deadline now! On the 18th of May Natasha was almost deported but as there isn't a Carer set up to take over Aidans full time care it was delayed by two weeks! The deadline is the 1st of June 2018!! Aidan met Natasha in 2011 when he moved to London. The next year they married, and built a life together. But two years ago, Natasha who is originally from Canada, had her spousal visa renewal refused. We campaigned and managed to stop immediate deportation but now she could be forced to leave. Please sign this petition to help keep them together in the UK. Aidan is my friend who I met 13 years ago in the music community, so when I heard that they were being threatened with being torn apart, I started this petition. We need to keep up the pressure until Natasha gets the right to stay. Natasha cares for Aidan daily due to a serious illness that he is fighting. He is diagnosed with nerve damage caused by a prolapsed disc and degeneration of his spine. He’s suffered from minor pain up to full blown partial paralysis of one side; Natasha has stood by his side providing him with financial support and a lot of loving care to help him get back to good health. His poor health has prevented him from working full-time, though when possible he’ll do an the occasional gig. He also has Asperger’s Syndrome which is exacerbated by the attempt to deport Natasha. The Home Office do not deem Aidan's illness as severe, despite notes from doctors and hospitals proving otherwise. And despite their income being over £25k a year (well over the £18.5k threshold), it is not deemed as acceptable – because some came from Natasha’s self-employed roles and Natasha's family during a difficult time. We petition Sajid Javid and the Home Office to reverse their decision to deport Natasha. Natasha and Aidan are inseparable, completely reliant on one another, and deeply in love. This decision is destroying them, and Aidan's health is already being severely affected by it. The Home Office should not be able to separate legitimate, loving couples who, until they were told the truth about Aidans entitlement last year, had never turned to the state for financial help. Please sign and share this petition https://www.gofundme.com/natasha-stevens-legal-fees-for-visa
Petition to Leo Goodwin, Wolfhart Hauser, Matthew Gregory, firstname.lastname@example.org
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