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disability rights

64 petitions

Update posted 13 hours ago

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. 

Corry Shaw
363 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

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 

Cinnamon Francis-Burnett
88,944 supporters
This petition won 1 week 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