Access to transport for people with disabilities web forum
Recently Louise Ellman MP visited our office to chat to our members about their experiences of using public transport, as part of an inquiry into access to transport for those with disabilities. The following piece explains more about the inquiry. To take part, please click here
The Transport Committee, chaired by Louise Ellman MP, is conducting an inquiry into access to transport for people with disabilities. It will be producing a report with recommendations during summer 2013. In advance of the appearance of the Transport Minister before the Committee on 3 June, the Committee would like to hear about your experiences as a user or carer accessing any type of transport, or your experiences as an operator of a service used by people with disabilities.
The Committee’s inquiry covers a number of areas relating to access to transport, but the Committee would particularly like to hear your views on three key areas.
Based on your experience, how accessible are public transport vehicles (buses, trains, taxis etc.) and the physical infrastructure (bus stops, stations, airports etc.)?
How accessible or easy to use do you find travel information, including the provision of information about accessibility, routes, connections, timetables, delays and service alterations, and fares?
It should be a great evening, you can look forward to sharing good food, company and a pub quiz.
The event starts at 7pm and finishes at 10pm.
Tickets cost £20, which includes a two course meal and cake. To find out more, check out our flyer – Poster_Leaf fundraising quiz night
Or for more information please ring Sarah Lee or Sue Grice on 0151 707 8582
The event starts at 10am and finishes at 4.00pm.
The event is free and you will be able to try out all kinds of sports. To find out more about what is on offer, please click here – A5 Flyer Final
The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities are looking at how effective mental health services are in England, in supporting people with learning disabilities.
They would welcome your views if you:
• have a learning disability,
• work with people who have a learning disability, or
• are a family carer who has supported someone with a learning disability to access mental health services.
They want to know what you think does/doesn’t work well and how access to mental health services for people with learning disabilities could be improved.
Up to 40% of people with learning disabilities experience mental health difficulties. However, they are often unable to get support from appropriate services. Many services strive to be accessible to this group of people, but many are still excluded.
They want to understand experiences of using mental health support services and identify the pathways people with learning disabilities use in order to access good mental health support.
Your views will be used to develop some core principles for workers to work towards to promote good mental health and wellbeing.
Can you help us?
They would really welcome your views about the mental health services provided to people with learning disabilities.
You could help by:
• completing the easy read questionnaire for people with learning disabilities (see attached), http://www.choiceforum.org/docs/erq.docx
• completing the online questionnaire for family carers or people who work with people with learning disabilities,
• answering some questions over the phone.
The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Please forward it on to anyone who you think will find it of interest.
The survey closes on Friday 24th May 2013.
You may have received an invitation to be interviewed on a separate study by our partners in Kings College regarding Improving Access to Psychological Therapies.
This online survey is a different study looking at all mental health services provided to people with learning disabilities.
For further information or to arrange a telephone interview please get in touch with me.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
1 London Bridge Walk
London SE1 2SX
Here are the upcoming events for May in your area.
Once again a big thanks to Brian for putting these together!
Autism/Disability Friendly Film Screening at Plaza Community Cinema
On Monday 13th May at 5.30pm Plaza Community Cinema will be screening ‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’ as part of their ongoing series of Autism/Disability friendly film screenings.
To see the flyer please click here
Monday 13 May 2013, 1-3pm – MPAC Building, Bridport Street, Liverpool, L3 5QF.
Monday 17 June 2013, 1-3pm - Millenium Centre, Childwall Valley Road, Liverpool, L25 2PR.
The Mental Capacity Act might not sound like something that has anything to do with you – but it does! In partnership with Liverpool City Council, the Getting Involved Group and United Response are holding this awareness session to help people with learning disabilities understand about the Mental Capacity Act.
Everything possible must be done to help people to make a decision for themselves. When a person does something or decides something for you, they must only do what is absolutely necessary. People should be allowed to make decisions even if others don’t agree. When you cannot make a decision for yourself the decision made must be the best one for you. Everyone has the right to make choices.
To book places, contact Joanne English on 0151 707 6751 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see links below for more information:
A Celebration Exhibition is currently showcasing the work of 26 Liverpool community arts groups, including some great work by Mencap Liverpool members. The project which is being held at St George’s Hall has been funded by the Culture and Wellbeing Grassroots Programme. The exhibition starts on 25 April and finishes on 6 May.
Down Syndrome Liverpool are presenting an exhibition of positive images at the Black-E on Wednesday, 24 and Thursday, 25 April. Please click here for more information.
Also DSL are hosting a social evening at St Anthony of Padua Social Club, Queens Drive, Mossley Hill, Liverpool on Saturday, 18 May, this is for people with DS (16 +), their friends and family, all they need to do is email me to secure their place email@example.com. It promises to be a good night, disco, fun and photobooth, we really enjoyed the photobooth last time, dressing up and smiling for the camera, the photos are yours to keep.
This is a family event, there is no charge, just let me know you are coming. Margaret Hogan (DSL Trustee) firstname.lastname@example.org