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George Adam MSP Backs Disability Alliance’s Call For Measures To Reduce Stigma And Discrimination

 

 

George Adam MSP is backing Disability Agenda Scotland’s call to raise awareness about the positive contributions of disabled people and help to end the stigma and discrimination which are still experienced.

 

Following the publication of DAS’s Equal? Still not, why not?

 

Pic Greg Macvean - 23/11/2016 - 07971 826 457 Disability Agenda Scotland (DAS) event at the Scottish Parliament

Pic Greg Macvean – 23/11/2016 – 07971 826 457
Disability Agenda Scotland (DAS) event at the Scottish Parliament

report this week which details the experiences of more than 80 people who live with a variety of disabilities, the alliance is also calling for action to ensure greater support and opportunities for disabled people.

 

DAS wants to see a concerted effort by the Scottish Government, UK Government, local authorities and other bodies to reduce the disability employment gap by improving the ways employment services work, as well as effective coordination to ensure the new social security systems are underpinned by a commitment to human rights, dignity and respect.

 

Representatives from DAS, an alliance of Scotland’s six major disability charities Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, Capability Scotland, ENABLE Scotland, RNIB Scotland, SAMH and Sense Scotland; highlighted during an event in the Scottish Parliament that disabled people continue to feel they are not equal citizens in Scottish society and more needs to be done to improve their life opportunities.

 

George Adam MSP said: “I’m pleased to support DAS’s call for the many positive contributions of disabled people in our communities to be highlighted. I also want more to do be done to eradicate remaining barriers to enable people with a disability in Paisley to have equal access to all public transport, services and get any person-centred support that is needed to ensure they can take up everyday opportunities like everyone else.” Delia Henry, Chair of DAS, said: “We appreciate George Adam MSP’s support and recognition that more needs to be done to support disabled people to fulfil their personal career and life aspirations, reduce isolation and end the stigma of disability so that they begin to feel like equal members of society.”

 

For a copy of DAS’s Equal? Still not, why not? report, visit www.disabilityagenda.scot or email: layla@disabilityagenda.scot

Backing For Disability Access Campaign

George with his wife StaceyA website which reviews the disabled access standards of local venues has been gaining momentum after boosting new celebrity backers, Stephen Hawking and JK Rowling. The website, Euan’s Guide, was started by Euan McDonald, who suffers from Motor Neuron Disease, in a bid to share information on disabled access with other people with accessibility needs. Paisley’s MSP George Adam is encouraging people across Paisley to use the site to review local bars, restaurants and other venues.

Commenting, George said:

“This is a fantastic initiative which can make a real difference to the social lives of disabled people across Scotland, as well as their friends and families.

“Disabled people often face challenges in accessing everyday venues which most people don’t have to think twice about, with proper information about disabled facilities often being a process of trial and error. My wife Stacey is a wheelchair users and we need to think carefully before choosing a restaurant, café or pub to go to. If the place has stairs but no lift, then we simply cannot go.

“Euan’s Guide is looking to help us make the decision on where to go before leaving the house and provide a reliable portal for information on disabled access for venues across Scotland, which would help disabled people across the country enjoy access to the bars, restaurants and cinemas which most people take for granted.

“Renfrewshire Access Panel already do a great job highlighting accessibility weaknesses at venues across our town, recently consulting on disabled access to the refurbished Paisley Town Hall, while helping consult on access for disabled spectators during the Commonwealth Games. I hope Euan’s Guide can supplement the great service they already provide the people of Paisley.

“I would encourage people across the constituency to contribute to the website and rate local venues – and make a real difference to the quality of life of disabled people in our community.”

Founder of Euan’s Guide, Euan McDonald, said:

“Following years of investigating, me and my family have built up something akin to a local directory on disabled access that we were keen to share with others with accessibility needs. And then we thought that there must be thousands if not millions of people who have the same issues that we do so we decided to take this a step further and create a site that will benefit the whole disabled community.”

The Euan’s Guide website can be found by clicking here.