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    Accessibility Fund Set to Benefit Passengers with Disabilities

    Disabled rail passengers across the UK are set to benefit from a raft of accessibility improvements following the opening of a £20m government fund on 8 July. This fund is open for applications from stations in need of accessibility improvements, leading to small-scale enhancements such as tactile paving or handrails. The fund’s opening came a… Continue Reading »

    New Project ‘Month of Access’ to be held UK-wide in 2020

    A new project is promoting the benefits of the outdoors to people with disabilities. Month of Access is to be held UK-wide in June next year following a pilot held in Perthshire. Last month’s inaugural Day of Access took four disabled people to an altitude of 720m (2,362ft) on Meall Tairneachan. A 4×4 vehicle was used… Continue Reading »

    UK: Pilot Project Launched to Introduce Bicycles for Persons with Disabilities

    A pilot project to introduce bicycles suitable for use by disabled youngsters and adults is being introduced into Tredegar Park, Newport. The free initiative by Newport City Council will enhance the facilities at the popular park where an improved cycle route takes users around the park. The specially adapted bikes will be provided by charitable… Continue Reading »

    UK: Government Launches Consultation to Make New Homes More Accessible

    Higher accessibility standards for new housing are to be introduced in the UK as part of a wider plan to make sure disabled people are not facing discrimination. Prime Minister Theresa May said that it is widely recognising that too many disabled people still live in unsuitable homes and she announced a consultation on mandating… Continue Reading »

    Swedish Furniture Manufacturer Joins with Physiotherapists to Launch New Range for Persons with Disabilities

    IKEA has announced the launch of new products to its OMTÄNKSAM range, aiming to give people with disabilities greater independence through comfort, function and safety at home. OMTÄNKSAM means “thoughtful” in Swedish and encompasses the idea of care that the products bring. The new range is due for global launch in May 2020 and is… Continue Reading »

    Musicians with Disabilities Being Failed by Venues

    U.K.: Last year, Ruth Patterson’s band Holy Moly and the Crackers tried to book a tour of the UK. But one venue wrote back, refusing to host them because Patterson, who has arthritis and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, uses a wheelchair.   “They said they wouldn’t book us because I was a fire hazard,” she says. “That’s… Continue Reading »

    Contacta Appointed as Charity’s Exclusive Assistive Hearing Supplier

    Contacta Systems has been assigned as the chosen supplier of assistive listening technology for the UK’s largest hearing loss charity, Action on Hearing Loss. The two-year initial partnership will see the Kent-based assistive tech firm respond to the thousands of enquiries the charity receives each year from individuals and businesses looking to install a system.… Continue Reading »

    Apps, Badges and 3D Rendering: Steps Being Taken to Improve Rail Accessibility

    In the not-too-distant past rail, the considerations afforded to passengers with mobility issues or those whom require special assistance can sometimes be found lacking. For obvious reasons, having to travel when negotiating steps, stairs and trains that the majority of the travelling public find straightforward can make the idea of using public transport quite daunting.… Continue Reading »

    Lego Releases Braille Bricks to Impart Education to Children with Visual Impairment  

    Lego has unveiled a new project aimed at helping blind and visually impaired children learn Braille in a “playful and engaging way.” Lego Braille Bricks, a concept originally proposed to the toy company by two charities, will allow children to learn the touch writing system through play. The bricks, which will launch fully in 2020,… Continue Reading »