It has been brought to my notice that the Department for Transport are contributing to the Government’s “Disability Strategy – Fulfilling Potential” with its own disability action plan, to be produced by the Summer of 2012. The aim is “to address some of the concerns that have been raised on transport for disabled people in documents like RADAR’s guide “Doing Transport Differently” and the Trailblazer’s Transport Report “End of the Line”.
They are organising a small workshop and have invited representatives from groups but concede that there will be no consultation nor will there be any involvement from stakeholders who do not regularly connect with such access groups – disabled people who are usually living their lives as parents, employees and socialites – and might not have the time nor the interest in the ins and outs going on around them – such examples might be a disabled student attending full time college and not in contact with social services or a disabled parent who can get themselves out and about and doesn’t interact with other disabled people or the organisations who represent their disability.
Because of this, the Department for Transport has said that disabled people are welcome to email them what they perceive to be:
- The gaps that need to be addressed by the public transport industry
- The priorities and practical solutions for an inclusive transport system
You can email these in bullet points to: firstname.lastname@example.org. When emailing, please outline your disability and how it affects you as well as your method of mobility – wheelchair, cane user, guide dog, companion dog, walking stick, etc…
The idea is to give her the problems that you face in terms of the issue and how it prevents you from travelling – an example:
- Lack of level access on rail station platforms to train
- Prevents me from boarding independently
- Makes me reliant on a member of staff
- Prevents me from disembarking independently
- Makes me reliant on someone else advising my destination of my impending arrival
Their deadline for this is around the 1st May.