We Need To Talk About Buses

We Need To Talk About Buses

Accessible Politics, Campaign, Information
BUSES are a big deal. Especially for people with little by way of alternative options at their disposal, such as the bulk of people with learning disabilities. For years now Scotland’s government, bus companies and other organisations have been working hard to make buses more accessible for vulnerable people. At present, as well as travel accessibility being a core area of the Scottish government’s Fairer Scotland for Disabled People plan, which includes the developing Disability Travel Hub, it is also an aim of the new Transport Bill. So on paper it is fair to say that progress is being made.  So why are people with learning disabilities feeling as though bus travel still does not meet their accessibility needs? Bad Experiences As most people who work with people with learning…
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A thought on a tweet

A thought on a tweet

Accessible Politics, Uncategorized
Our dear friend Colin is part of a group of adults with learning disabilities who attend one of the LDAS Accessible Politics groups on a regular basis. As a great fan of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Colin was right at the front of the queue recently when a trip to the Scottish Parliament to watch First Minister’s Questions was planned. Thanks to local MSP Willie Coffey, the group was able to tour the chamber of the Parliament after FMQs so naturally Colin made straight for the First Minister’s seat to try it out. He even did a bit of a pretend speech about what he would do if he were First Minister for a day. We sent out the picture of Colin in a tweet, partly to share such a…
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Accessible Voting: Have Your Say at the LDAS Big Meeting

Accessible Voting: Have Your Say at the LDAS Big Meeting

Accessible Politics, Electoral Reform, Information, Voting
THE closing date for the Scottish Government’s consultation on electoral reform has now been extended to 29 March 2018 and will be part of the discussions at the next LDAS Big Meeting. The issue of voting ballots – paper and electronic – being made more accessible for people with learning disabilities has been a focus of the work of LDAS recently and we highlighted in our recent blog that it had not been specifically set out for comment in the consultation. Ahead of the original closing date of the consultation, staff behind it discussed the issue with LDAS and assured us they definitely do want to hear about all ways to make voting more accessible for people with learning disabilities in Scotland, after all the point of the consultation is…
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Accessible ballots is a key to electoral reform for LD voters

Accessible ballots is a key to electoral reform for LD voters

Accessible Politics, Electoral Reform, Voting
There’s just a few weeks to go before the Scottish Government closes its consultation on Electoral Reform of local and Scottish Parliament elections. The entire consultation is an interesting exercise for those who are into voting and elections and inherent in it is the potential to modernise these processes in Scotland, especially with the introduction of technology to the voting booth. From the LDAS point of view there are two things to note about the consultation. The first is that in addition to questions about the voting process and increasing voter participation, it is also concerned with encouraging citizens to stand for election, especially those from underrepresented groups. Joe FitzPatrick, Minister for Parliamentary Business explained the Scottish Government “want to hear about new ways to break down the barriers to…
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