'Slow' progress on High Street access for disabled people

  • 22 February 2017
  • From the section Business
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Image caption Product designer Sophie Morgan (right) is trying to make a change on the High Street

New research shows that access to the High Street for disabled people remains "slow", according to a new survey by DisabledGo.

The most recent investigation from the not-for-profit disability organisation reveals almost a quarter of all fashion retailers have no step-free access, with only 10% offering hearing loops to help deaf shoppers.

When compared to a wider survey carried out in 2014, the results show a similar or in places poorer performance than before.

It's been two years since DisabledGo shocked the government with evidence that highlighted the inaccessibility of the British High Street for disabled people.

In 2014, the accessibility information providers visited over 25,000 shops and restaurants in person. It was one of the largest assessments of its kind in the UK.

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Relief and fear over U-turn on disability benefits

  • 21 March 2016
  • From the section UK
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With the hugely controversial cuts to the disability benefit Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) being scrapped, where does this leave disabled people now?

Relieved, I'd say, but fearful that this relief will be short-lived.

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Who will disability 'cuts' impact?

  • 17 March 2016
  • From the section UK
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Behind the frantic number-crunching and political fallout from Wednesday's Budget lies a large group of disabled people who will be affected by the latest benefit reform.

The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) has gone through several changes since it was first introduced in April 2013. It is slowly replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Nearly 700,000 people currently claim PIP, with another 1.5 million still to be reassessed.

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Glasgow venue transformed for disability access gig

  • 8 January 2016
  • From the section UK
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Media captionThe concert hopes to draw attention to disability access at gigs

A one-off gig has taken place to highlight the difficulties many disabled people have trying to get to watch their favourite bands.

The accessible concert at Glasgow's O2 Academy was a sell out, and it's hoped it will draw attention to just how much more needs to be done.

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Long waits for disabled people on housing lists says charity

  • 6 January 2016
  • From the section UK
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Media captionNikki Fox reports on the long waiting times for housing that some disabled families face

There has been a marked increase in waiting times for disabled people looking for accessible local authority housing.

The Leonard Cheshire charity says the number of those waiting for a home has risen by 7% in the last five years, with some on the list for up to 12 years.

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20 years on, what did disabled protests achieve?

  • 9 November 2015
  • From the section UK
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Media captionThe BBC's Nikki Fox reports on how the legislation helped to change lives

Twenty years ago huge protests were held across the UK, calling for the rights of disabled people to be protected and promoted.

This led to what is now seen as a landmark law, the Disability Discrimination Act. But two decades on, campaigners say full equality is still a long way off.

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Disability news round-up

  • 9 November 2015
  • From the section World
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Media captionA round-up of the month's disability news from correspondent Nikki Fox

Accessibility in Rio, the inquest of Connor Sparrowhawk and prosthetics services in the NHS.

The BBC's Disability News Correspondent Nikki Fox looks back at the past month's round-up of disability news.

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What's life like in Rio de Janeiro with a disability?

Vivi (middle) and Elizabeth (right) showing me some moves in rehearsals for the Paralympic One Year to Go celebrations
Image caption Vivi (middle) and Elizabeth (right) showing me some moves in rehearsals for the Paralympic One Year to Go celebrations

It's less than a year until the Paralympic Games begin in Rio. I went to investigate what life is like for the disabled people of the city.

"It's the best place in the world for me. You learn to love this city very easily, it's wonderful."

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Paralympics 2016: Behind the scenes of Rio games

  • 24 September 2015
  • From the section World
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Media captionNikki Fox visited some of the venues to be used for the Paralympics in Rio to see how the city was preparing for the games

It is less than a year before the beginning of the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil and preparations are well under way for the start of the games.

I recently went behind the scenes to see how Rio was getting ready to host one of the biggest celebrations of disabled sport in the world.

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Disability news round-up

  • 10 August 2015
  • From the section UK
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Media captionWheelchair services in "chaos", the closure of the Independent Living Fund and Lewis Hamilton's brother

Wheelchair services in 'chaos', the closure of the Independent Living Fund and Lewis Hamilton's brother. The BBC's Disability News Correspondent Nikki Fox looks back at last month's stories in the very first monthly round-up of disability news. We might even start a hashtag. Warning: Very High Production Values

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