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Information courtesy of Disability Equality Scotland
You can see the story here:- http://yoursayondisability.scot/weekly-poll-results-covid-19-supermarket-stockpiling-week-beginning-23-march/
Here are the results of the Survey
There Just one question…
Are you concerned about shortages of products in supermarkets across Scotland caused by panic buying?
Yes – 92% (45 respondents) No – 8% (4 respondent)
Comments made as part of the survey
- Vulnerable People Missing Out
“People are selfishly stripping the shelves bare and it’s disgusting. If people just stuck to the usual amount they bought we wouldn’t be having this discussion. I have to shop for my elderly mother who is 88 tomorrow and we can’t even get the basics. It means me having to go to several shops and expose myself to even more risk of catching the coronavirus and then passing it on to my mum. Anyone who has hoarded toilet roll or anything else should be deeply ashamed of themselves.”
“The way many people have behaved stockpiling foods and toilet rolls is shocking and upsetting as their actions meant that people who are vulnerable to this virus were left without.”
“I am concerned about the lack of produce available and the lack of help available for people that have to stay indoors to their health. What measures have been put in place to help people like us? Not everyone has someone that can go shop for them and the availability of delivery slots is ridiculous.”
“Disgraceful when it is those who are vulnerable that suffer.”
“When I can get someone to take me to the supermarket the shelves are empty. People are so selfish and there are no delivery slots. I’m scared to go out when my carer or family offer to help.”
- Online Deliveries
“Even worse than stockpiling is being unable to get groceries delivered. The only delivery service in my area was provided by Tesco. But they have stopped doing home deliveries which are very worrying because I am over 70 and not supposed to go out.”
“It has become incredibly stressful. I am housebound normally anyway and rely on food deliveries, I have not been able to get a delivery slot for weeks and am struggling to eat and mostly living off of cereal. I worry this will affect my immune system and I am more likely to get ill. Carers don’t have time either to help with shopping. There is help for older people in my area with meals, but this doesn’t include younger people with disabilities.”
“I tried to register under Sainsbury’s scheme but they changed the rules about disabled customers. So now to get a booking slot you need to be classed as “extremely vulnerable” by the Government. I went to the link to see if I qualified, only to discover that this doesn’t even apply in Scotland. So, I’ve no idea now how Scottish customers register for priority delivery slots.”
“Government’s solution to getting food while self-isolating due to vulnerable health is to shop online – This is not an option in rural parts at all! So, what do those of us living rurally with minimal support actually do to stay fed and healthy? Seems like the only option ultimately is to starve.”
“Impossible to get the online order. Have struggled to purchase easy to cook/make food products. Have had to rely on family to travel from Glasgow to come and drive around food stores to ensure I had suitable food products for the week ahead.”
“The issue was around the lack of delivery slots which seems to be being resolved. I presume the ones doing the panic buying will get fed up sooner rather than later.”
- Quicker Action from Supermarkets
“Supermarkets should have acted quicker to stop stockpiling. Better guidelines to staff and limiting offers to one per customer.”
“Things seem to be settling down a bit, but supermarkets etc should have limited what people were buying immediately and the serious shortages would not have happened to such an extent.”
“Restrictions should have been limiting individual purchases as soon as the problem was recognised – 2 weeks ago.”
“Supermarkets should have limits introduced weeks ago.”
“In my opinion, I believe the supermarkets are doing what they can to help vulnerable people and the NHS to shop but there are those in society that are selfish and only think of themselves. Perhaps it is now time for Government to get a bit tougher on those who are stockpiling, as it appears they’re not listening to what’s been said!”
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
‘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.”
♦️ 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.
The Scottish Government has introduced new guidelines last night.
The below information and more can be found at Hearing Dogs for Deaf People website
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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
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!
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!)
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.
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.
We will pursue prosecution for any breach of these usage and copyright terms.
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.
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- Individuals using a service
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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.
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
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.
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
Air Travel – FAQs
Top tips for disabled and less mobile air passengers
Pay for 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.) Tel: 03451 55 00 66 Contact Blue Badge Administration (lines open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) online
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