disability rights

Mobility study: ‘half of wheelchair users could not find accessible toilets’

My Mobility Unlimited supporters

As UCan2 gets behind the Changing Places campaign, an international mobility study has found that almost half of UK wheelchair users have been unable to find an accessible toilet when they needed one.

The poll by ComRes on behalf of the Toyota Mobility Foundation also found that nine out of ten wheelchair users in the UK say that they experience pain as a result of their mobility device, while 23% say they have been declined entry to public transport because of their mobility device.

And more than a quarter reported feeling frustrated because the design of their mobility device felt outdated.

Disability rights campaigner and scientist Stephen Hawking dies

Prof Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking — 'Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.'

Professor Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, leaving a legacy of scientific discoveries as well as years of campaigning for disabled rights.

Prof. Hawking, who suffered from motor neurone disease and had been wheel-chair bound since the late 1960s, saw worldwide success as a leading physicist. his book The Brief History of Time (1988) sold over 20million copies in its first 20 years of publication. It was written in an easy-to-understand style, so readers without prior knowledge of scientific theories could understand complex ideas including general relativity and quantum mechanics.

Businesses unprepared for threats to disability rights post-Brexit, survey finds

Businesses unprepared for threats to disability rights post-Brexit, survey finds

Crucial gains for disability rights secured by the business community must not be reversed post-Brexit due to a lack of planning and preparation, [Business Disability Forum| http://www.businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/] has warned. 

According to a survey of 1611 people (including 140 business-owners) run by Business Disability Forum with YouGov in January 2018, high proportions of people believe there will no impact on disability employment and three-quarters of business-owners that there would be no effect on their ability to cater for the needs of disabled people.

But Diane Lightfoot, Chief Executive Officer at Business Disability Forum, warned: