9 petitions

Update posted 16 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
73,663 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to All UK party leaders

UK party leaders: Commit to including people with disabilities in global aid

We're calling on the leaders of all UK political parties to make disability-inclusive development a manifesto promise. Haja, who’s blind, wants to be a teacher when she grows up. She goes to an inclusive school in Sierra Leone, set up to cater for students with and without disabilities. Because she’s included, she’s getting an education and will have the chance, like her peers, to one day find a job and contribute to her community. In developing countries around the world, hundreds of millions of children with disabilities aren’t as fortunate as Haja – where she’s learning and dreaming of the future, they’re being left behind. But if our leaders commit to making sure global aid reaches the most marginalised people worldwide, these children could all have a future where they can learn, earn and be happy. Help us make it happen – please sign our petition calling on political party leaders to commit to improving the lives of people with disabilities in their manifestos. Education’s not the only area where inclusive global development can transform lives – it can open up access to employment and health care for the world’s most marginalised people, it can combat discrimination and negative attitudes, and it can have a huge economic impact in communities, creating growth and reducing poverty. If the UK government shows global leadership by making sure people with disabilities are included when aid decisions are made, it could genuinely change the world. That’s why we’re calling on all party leaders to make disability-inclusive development a manifesto promise – we want them to commit to reaching the people who for too long have been left behind.  

Sightsavers UK
7,150 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Scott Morrison, Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Christian Porter

Scott Morrison: Don't Deny People with Disability Access To Welfare Support

In the 2017 Budget, Scott Morrison declared the Turnbull government would deny people "welfare for a disability caused solely by their own substance abuse" This was the final welfare crackdown measure announced at the end of a budget that earlier included a 0.5% levy to guarantee funding for the NDIS and $80 million for mental health. This targeted attack on people with disability was however left far away from those measures trumpeted earlier in the speech. This attack on people with disability is a cheap political ploy that will scrape away relatively few dollars in "savings" but cause huge harm to individuals and push larger costs to health and not for profit services. In trying to score some short sighted points with the inevitable group that might dismiss the small number of people with disability receiving welfare due solely to substance abuse, Scott Morrison has missed the economic point. Australia is a mixed market economy and our system of social support including policies such as income support and the NDIS are there to ensure that all Australians can live, earn and spend freely, contributing too and growing our economy. When Scott Morrison cuts support to people with disability, it may be self validating to think that 'they don't deserve funding, they did it to themselves', but that is a short sighted approach. What then happens is that these people who Treasurer Morrison dismisses as unworthy are abandoned, are at risk of great personal suffering and from a purely economic perspective, become a greater cost elsewhere in the system. Not only is this bad morals and ethics, it is bad economics. Given Treasurer Morrison's willingness to fully fund the NDIS with 0.5% levy, it is clear he understands the economics of social programs and how they build rather than break national economies. This chest thumping approach to support for people with disability can only be seen as part of the wave of Trump-era populism that is sending us back to the dark ages. Add your voice and tell ScoMo this is a no go. Show the Treasurer that this attack on people with disability is not right or popular! Read More Here
10 supporters