Disabilities Fife, Scotland, UK

Below is a link to a survey by Disability Equality Scotland that is to find out the impact of COVID-19 on disabled people. It is so valuable to get this information to pass onto Scottish Government to shape how Scotland responds to people’s needs, so we appreciate this input.

This survey is completely anonymous and all the information you provide will go back to the Scottish Government to help inform their response.

Complete the survey online by following this link:  https://dfscot.com/c19

that takes you to the Survey Monkey website. survey set up by Disability Equality SCOTLAND

Please complete by Friday 27th March 2020

Co Vid 19 Regulation as from the Scottish Government is below

See https://www.gov.scot/news/people-advised-to-limit-social-contact/

‘People advised to limit social contact’

💬 Published: 16 Mar 2020 18:08
Part of: Health and social care, Public safety and emergencies, Coronavirus in Scotland

♦️ Those most at risk strongly advised to reduce unnecessary contact.

To slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) the general public are being asked to stay at home as much as possible and avoid unnecessary social contact.

♦️ People over 70 and those who have high risk and underlying health conditions are being strongly advised to stay at home as much as possible and significantly reduce unnecessary social contact.

♦️The advice is that people should:

– minimise social contact by avoiding crowded areas and large gatherings, including religious congregations and smaller gatherings such as restaurants, pubs, bars, clubs, cinemas and gyms

– avoid using public transport as much as possible

– work from home when possible
follow the latest health and travel advice, and follow basic hygiene precautions, such as washing hands frequently, not touching their face and covering their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing

– People showing symptoms suggestive of coronavirus should stay at home for seven days and only contact NHS 111 or their local GP if their symptoms worsen during that period.

♦️Members of a household where someone has suspected symptoms should stay at home for 14 days.

♦️This package of necessary measures comes into force with immediate effect.

🔹 Schools will remain open for the time being, however this decision will be consistently monitored and reviewed depending on the spread of the infection.

♦️Those who cannot work from home should continue to go to work unless advised by their employer or if they display symptoms.

💬 These measures will be kept under constant review as we try to slow down the spread of the infection.

The First Minister said:

“Life as we know it will change in the coming weeks and months, but our goal is to protect lives.

“We are facing an unprecedented situation that will require major societal change if we are to protect people, especially those most at risk and our NHS.

“The package of measures we are announcing today is based on scientific and clinical advice. While it will cause some disruption and be difficult for us all, it will help us to prepare for the virus and to protect ourselves and each other in the long run.

“We need your help to slow the spread of the infection. That is why we are advising everyone in Scotland to restrict their social contact and to stay at home as much as possible. We are strongly advising those who are over 70 or have an underlying health condition to stay at home.

“People have a vital role to play in helping us contain this infection and I urge everyone in Scotland to follow the latest health and travel advice, and follow basic hygiene precautions, such as washing hands frequently, not touching their face and covering their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

“This has not been an easy decision but it is vital if we are to stop the spread of the infection.”

Background

♦️ For those under 70 underlying health conditions refers to all those eligible for the flu vaccine. Those who have compromised immune systems will be contacted with specific advice in the coming days.

💬 Health Secretary Jeane Freeman will update the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 17 March on the Scottish Government’s plans to build up and scale up capacity in Scotland’s National Health Service.

Covid-19 regulations:

The Scottish Government has introduced new guidelines last night.

 
Most of the people that volunteer or that we support are in the ‘at risk’ category.
 
For that reason while the 12 week or longer Safe Distance regulation is in place we will not be physically present at our office in WestBridge Mill.
 
However, our information service and everything we do is still operational.
 
You can still contact us by phone 01592 203993, email chair@disabilitiesfife.uk and post. The only thing that changes is that we will not be physically in the office but working remotely.
 
As this regulation was sprung on us at short notice the service will be slightly disrupted today and tomorrow.
 
Any phone calls left on answer phones – initially may not sound like our normal response but will be processed – the normal answer phone service should be operation after Monday 23rd March 2020
 
As a bonus we are looking at new ways to supply those that qualify for RADAR keys with the keys and the access info they need. Please check back here for more info about this over the coming days.

The below information and more can be found at Hearing Dogs for Deaf People website

We train hearing dogs who transform deaf people’s lives

Hi, we’re Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. If you’ve come to this page you probably want to know a little bit more about what we do – and we’re really excited to tell you.

There are lots of inspirational stories and photos on this site which you can explore at your leisure, but here are the 8 most important things you might like to know. Continue reading

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nooriginalthought.bluebadgeparkingBlueBadgeParking.com is a free, worldwide map and database of disabled / handicap parking places.

What is BlueBadgeParking.com

BlueBadgeParking.com is a free, worldwide map and database of disabled / handicap parking places.

Through the power of crowd-sourcing, and with your help, we are building the most comprehensive and most up to date collection of disabled / handicap parking locations in the world.

From this data you can print your own maps – searching for a specific area, town, street or even a particular attraction – or download the database to your SatNav and search on the road!

History

The project was started in 2006 when I realised that online maps of disabled parking provision as produced by local authorities were scarce and where they did exist they were woefully out of date. Similarly, printed maps go out of date the moment they go to press and become less useful as time goes by.

BlueBadgeParking.com, on the other hand, continues to improve with time. You, as a user of the site, can add new locations and update existing locations. If you find a disabled parking space no longer exists you can even mark it for deletion from our database!

This means that BlueBadgeParking.com is as up to date as you, its users, make it.

Shortly after the project was started the UK’s local authorities started removing disabled parking maps from their websites citing lack of funds for maintenance. This meant that BlueBadgeParking.com became more important and the crowdsourcing model seemed the ideal platform.

BlueBadgeParking.com is part of the wider GonMad Points-of-Interest database which also includes, among other things, Radar Key toilets (or SatLav as one magazine article put it!)

Apps and Web Apps

We have a free Android App available on the Google Play store and this website is ‘Mobile App’ compliant for Android (Chrome), iOS (Apple Safari) and Windows Phone.

We are also Google Chrome Web App compliant so you can save a Web App link to your PC desktop from Chrome’s Tools menu.

If you have an Android device we ask you to consider using the Android App as it saves us some bandwidth.

Legal

Use of the site and the database is entirely free for personal users (commercial users should contact licensing@BlueBadgeParking.com for further information). In order to avoid ambiguity you are specifically prohibitted from using this data in any physical product, software product or document that you do not own only as a consumer.

For clarity, this means that you may load the data onto your own personal Sat Nav device or into your own Smart Phone Sat Nav app but you are not permitted to bundle this data with a Sat Nav device or app that you sell or distribute. The latter would be considered commercial use even if no monetary value is placed on the inclusion of the data. For any commercial use a prior, written agreement must be obtained from the owners of BlueBadgeParking.com

The data may not be re-used or published on any website, blog, coverdisc or other data sharing medium.

For clarity, this means that you may include links to this website but you are prohibited from providing direct access to data, downloads or using the data directly in your own publication.

The copyright and intellectual property associated with this site, its database and logos remains with Dan Gibson, GonMad and No Original Thought. Except for the ‘wheelchair person’ device which is used throughout with the permission of The Accessible Icon Project.

The site and app use code from the following open source projects: FancyApps FancyBox for the lightbox overlays; JQuery for some JavaScript functionality; Animated Collapsible DIV for the menu and a self-customized version of Fading Scroller for the multi-function dynamic status bar from Dynamic Drive; Context Menu for the right-click popup menu from Martin Pearman.

We will pursue prosecution for any breach of these usage and copyright terms.

General Blue Badge Info

For general information on disabled / handicap parking worldwide see the the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile site at www.disabledmotorists.eu or for information on European Blue Badge Parking scheme please see the UK Government website.

The above information was found on BlueBadgeParking.com

Who is this page for?

  • Individuals using a service

Which countries is it relevant to?

  •   England
  •  Scotland
  •  Wales
Your rights when travelling by air

The Equality Act 2010 gave disabled people rights including in the areas of public transport and consolidated and expanded existing equalities legislation, including introducing a new public sector equality duty. Transport operators have a duty to proactively consider how they are going to effectively reduce the barriers for disabled people.

EU regulations: Air passengers rights

Under European law-Air passengers Rights, if you are disabled or have difficulty moving around you can receive assistance when you fly to, from and within Europe.

You do not need to be permanently or physically disabled to benefit from this service. In fact, anyone who has difficulty moving around, for example because of their disability, age or a temporary injury, can receive help when they fly. This may include help when travelling through an airport, boarding or disembarking an aircraft and during a flight.

Sometimes, however, the assistance you get may not meet your expectations or communication can break down. In some limited cases, your requirements may not be covered by the law.

You can find out more from our booklet Top tips for disabled and less mobile passengers – Your Passport to a Smooth Journey.

You can find out more from our free step-by-step guide ‘Your Rights to Fly

Last updated: 19 Feb 2019

 

Further information

If you think you might have been treated unfairly and want further advice, you can contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service.

Phone: 0808 800 0082
Textphone: 0808 800 0084

You can email using the contact form on the EASS website.

Also available through the website are BSL interpretation, web chat services and a contact us form.

Post:
FREEPOST
EASS HELPLINE
FPN6521

Opening hours:

9am to 7pm Monday to Friday
10am to 2pm Saturday
closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays

Alternatively, you can visit our advice and guidance pag

Disability and air travel

https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/advice-and-guidance/disability-and-air-travel

Air Travel – FAQs

https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/advice-and-guidance-faq/air-travel-faqs

Top tips for disabled and less mobile air passengers

https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/advice-and-guidance/top-tips-disabled-and-less-mobile-air-passengers

Pay for damaged wheelchairs, leading Paralympian tells airlines

https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/our-work/news/pay-damaged-wheelchairs-leading-paralympian-tells-airlines

The below information is from http://www.wheelchairchildren.org.uk/

Go Kids Go! was formerly known as Association of Wheelchair Children which in turn came out of The Newham Rollers  – a local activities group for wheelchair-using children, which operated in the East End of London in the late 1980’s.

As news about its work spread, founder Owen McGhee (BSc, MCSP, SRP) who was the Senior Community Paediatric Physiotherapist for the Newham Health Authority, identified a national need for these specialist wheelchair services. In 1990 AWC became a registered national charity and since that time has helped literally thousands of wheelchair-using children and their families. Continue reading

New legislation was introduced in March 2015 to protect Blue Badge users across Scotland bays which are normally closer to work, shops and other community services. This parking access often makes the difference as to whether people with mobility problems live their lives as fully as they can.

Parking in a designated disabled space illegally, even for a few minutes, has a significant knock-on effect for the legitimate Blue Badge holders who are unable to find a suitable parking space. Normal everyday tasks such as going to the shops, attending a doctor’s appointment or even going to work, things that most of us take for granted can become impossible due to lack of access.

The legislation in the Disabled Persons’ Parking Badges (Scotland) Act 2014 gives local authorities the power to cancel badges which have been reported lost or stolen and confiscate badges that are being misused.

The extra powers for local authorities to tackle Blue Badge misuse and confiscate badges that are not valid or are being used illegally by a third party for their own benefit, allows disabled badge holders access to services in the community and help them lead independent lives.

Blue Badge Administration (lines open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) Image of blue BadgeTel: 03451 55 00 66 Contact Blue Badge Administration (lines open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) online 
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT

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