10 petitions

Update posted 3 months ago

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

Zack Kerr
130,225 supporters
Update posted 9 months ago

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.

Nadia Turki
7,911 supporters