Archive for Disabled

East Coast Trains – a result

Pesky People is pleased to say that East Coast Trains have emailed us today to confirm they are updating their assisted travel booking system after our intervention on Tuesday. They are going to address complaints from David Colley who has found himself booked on diesel trains (which have doors too narrow for him to board) with his electric wheelchair. Unbelievably  it’s all down to 10mm of door space between the old train carriages and... 
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Access Fail for See Tickets, for Derren Brown at the Shaftesbury Theatre

UPDATE: Thursday 9th June. I called back during office hours, only to get through to See Tickets hold music once again. After a wait, I again explained what I needed, and was told they weren’t able to help. I was given another number for See Tickets Access Team. Another call, more hold music…when I finally got through to someone, I was told See didn’t handle access bookings for this show, the theatre did. I was given YET ANOTHER... 
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Sexism and Disability: A Powerful Combo

David writes: Just back home from a ruined night out (4 June 2011)! I went into The Eagle (a popular gay bar in Newcastle upon Tyne’s gay quarter), only to be told my female personal assistant couldn’t come in cos its their once-a-month Men Only Night! I’ve had ongoing problems with the company that owns the bar – their accessible toilet is frequently full of furniture blocking access which means I have to ask them to clear... 
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A grand day out

When you go out for the day what is it that stands out for you? Following on from comments on the Home of Metal post – is it the company, the location, your experience? We all want to store happy memories of a grand day out. You pay  for it so why not? What if in a theatre your carer is seated away from you (meaning you can’t be assisted when you need help). What if you are forced to pay double to go to an event so you have a carer to... 
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Culture Hack Scotland (let down by Network Rail)

Pesky People is at Culture Hack Scotland day 2 (7th May 2011) which “brings together Edinburgh’s world-famous festivals and other leading Scottish cultural organisations with software developers and creative technologists to see what amazing new things they can make in just 24 hours.”. I’m here to see what’s brewing (great stuff), how open data can improve access and meet people. I’ve discovered it is really difficult to... 
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