Day 239 – Positives Volunteering is getting a bit real now

Today has been a sudden realisation that next Thursday is the first meeting and hopefully creation of the Wymondham & District Enabling Access Group for which I am the founder member, and with the help of Tony the founder of the Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper we start a new venture.

Given the publication of this today http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/equality-act-2010-and-disability/news-parliament-2015/equality-act-report-published/?fb_action_ids=1073118719398180&fb_action_types=og.likes it doesn’t come a minute too soon. It seems services, local authorities, councils and everyone in between seem to be failing disabled people, and whilst hiding behind reasonable adjustments and what is reasonable is only partially acceptable for existing businesses for new ventures (anything since 2010) this really is unacceptable. Areas that have received upgrades or new builds must comply, and should have factored in the reasonable adjustments

In general, the duty to make reasonable adjustments requires the taking of “such
steps as it is reasonable to have to take” to avoid a disabled person being put at
a “substantial disadvantage” by any of the following:
(a) A “provision, criterion or practice”. This could be, for example,
adjusting a uniform or dress policy to accommodate different
impairment types.
(b) A physical feature. This could include, for example, steps, parking
areas, signage, floor covering, furniture and toilets or washing facilities.
(c) Lack of an auxiliary aid or service. Examples here are providing
a specialist piece of equipment, a videophone, or a sign language
interpreter.
Adjustments under a) or c) could include making information available in an
accessible format. It is not permissible to pass the costs of making an adjustment
on to the disabled person

and that;

Those providing services and exercising public functions are bound by all three
requirements. The key difference with employers is that in the case of services
and public functions the duty is ‘anticipatory’: it is owed to “disabled persons
generally” and requires service providers and those exercising public functions
to proactively remove barriers that could put disabled people at a substantial
disadvantage without waiting for a disabled person to seek to use their services
first.

I know we are doing the right thing and spending a couple of hours today preparing an agenda yes 2 hours for something that used to take minutes – but I must stop comparing, it is what I do now that counts. So today my positive is creating 3/4’s of an Agenda

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