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Wheelchair-using Minister unable to attend COP26 in Glasgow

We must act on accessibility, says Israeli minister An Israeli minister unable to get into COP26 in her wheelchair says her experience showed the need for better accessibility. On Monday, Karine Elharrar was forced to return to her hotel 50 miles away because of the access problems. The UK government has apologised… Read more here

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Disabled people struggling to hire carers after Brexit

Ministers refuse to ease immigration restrictions as campaigners warn of ‘social care time bomb’ The Observer has spoken to disabled people and care agencies who say the supply of carers has dried up, leading to unmet care needs. “Normally we recruit over 100 a year. Currently it’s running around 50,” Read more…

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Fewer Homes Suitable For Disabled People Being Built

ITV reports: More than two-thirds of all new homes to be built in England over the next decade will not be fully accessible for disabled people, new research has found. Analysis by Habinteg Housing Association shared with ITV News shows the proportion of new homes to be built by 2030 to accessible standards has fallen from 34.4% in

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Million pound grant for ferry ports?

Isle Access is delighted to hear of possible government funding to help improve access at our ferry ports.  Any improvements that enable people to travel across The Solent safely, comfortably, and with dignity is welcome. On average, 21% of the population are considered disabled, or have a long term health condition that limits their abilities.

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Free Peak-Hour Bus Pass Petition

A petition calling for free peak-hour bus passes for disabled people has gained over 74,000 signatures. Disabled people and those who cannot drive for medical reasons are eligible for a free bus pass between 09:30 and 23:00.  But this means that they have to pay the full amount in order to get to work on

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‘Judo gives me strength to deal with sight loss’

Judo and martial arts are becoming more popular among people with sight difficulties and there are hundreds of clubs in the UK. Jonathan Adams from the Royal National Institute of Blind People said: “I’d love to see it grow and I hope other clubs [ ] embrace the fact that judo can be accessible for

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