Archive for DDA

Too high a price for a pint

David Colley wrote the following ‘jokey style’ email to a pub chain yesterday: After a rather depressing visit to a Wetherspoons pub, I tried to cheer myself up. We all need to remember the bright side of discrimination, after all. Don’t we? So here’s what I wrote to them…. “Hello, Today I visited The Five Swans in Newcastle upon Tyne (NE1 7PG) a Wetherspoons pub. I am a wheelchair user and had significant problems. The... 
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Are the Conservatives Party breaking the law?

As the focus this week’s is on the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham (3-6th October). The Conservatives like all political parties are steaming their conferences and announcements live on their website. However is the failure of ALL parties to make their content accessible to Disabled and Deaf people discriminatory and breaking the Equalities Act 2010 that came into force on 1st October 2010? This legislation supposedly strengthens... 
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Disabled toilets are accessible to no one

When you are out and about and rushing to find a loo, take a moment to reflect the state of our nation’s toilets. There is much to be said about the great plumbing put in place by the Romans and Victorians. But modern day public ablutions are fraught with stress. Visiting the loo often means you’re crammed in like sardines into the tinest of cubicals with no room for your bags, never mind your bum on that seat. Disabled people make up... 
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As the USA celebrates the (ADA) we get the DDA, Big Society and a Race online (by 2012)

Disabled people and Deaf people across the States celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act yesterday and it was streamed live from The White House. It came into force in 1990. It would take the UK another 6 years to get the Disability Discrimination Act into place – 2 years after the 1994 Civil Rights (Disabled Persons) Bill was talked out by Nicolas Scott – the then Minister for Disabled people using political... 
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Another blow to Disability Arts in Scotland?

I’m part of b)other a disabled LGBTGI arts exhibition taking place at Glasgow Museum of Modern Art in Glasgow till 21 February 2010. b)other is the title of the artists’ collective formed in July 2009 by Sandra Alland comprising of 9 artists Stuart Crawford, Nathan Gale, Y. Josephine, Jennie Kermode, Rebecca Pla, myself, Penny Stenhouse and Kristiane Taylor. The exhibition as put by GoMA is part of their ‘social justice exhibitions’... 
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