Monthly Archives July 2020

Dementia and Deafness Report

Dementia and Deafness Report A new deafscotland study highlights parallels between the social isolation of lockdown and the social isolation experienced by people living with hearing loss and dementia. The link between dementia and hearing loss has been well established and it has been found that mid-life hearing loss is a modifiable risk factor for dementia.  There have, however, been few regional studies exploring the topic until now.  A joint research collaboration between deafscotland and Queen Margaret University has looked more closely at prevalence rates in Scotland in order to better inform service planning at local and national level. The
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Physical Distancing Easy Read Summary Report

Physical Distancing Easy Read Summary Report “I was spat at yesterday for asking someone to clear my space.” This is just one of many comments received by Disability Equality Scotland in their recent poll of disabled people on the topic of physical distancing.  In collaboration with the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) Disability Equality Scotland posed the question ‘During your daily exercise or when undertaking essential journeys, have you experienced any issues with physical distancing?”  The poll generated over 900 responses with the vast majority (99%) stating they had experienced difficulties. Key concerns related to infrastructure, with pavements
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Disability Equality Scotland praises new app function that allows wheelchair users to track accessible spaces on First Buses

Disability Equality Scotland praises new app function that allows wheelchair users to track accessible spaces on First Buses Disability Equality Scotland has praised national bus operator First Bus for fast-tracking technology which will enable wheelchair users to track accessible spaces on their local bus services in ‘real-time’. The mobile app update, available now, enables customers across the UK to view available wheelchair spaces across its fleet. This important innovation makes bus travel easier by tracking wheelchair capacity through an icon that moves across a virtual map. The update forms part of a fast-tracked investment in the app which has seen First become
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Euan’s Guide offers free face mask exempt badges

Euan’s Guide offers free face mask exempt badges   Euan’s Guide has produced face mask exempt badges which they will be giving out free of charge while stocks last. The badges are a direct response to feedback the charity is getting from users about their concern of being judged for not wearing a face mask. Research from Disability Rights UK showed that nearly 60% of people who cannot wear a face covering fear being challenged for not wearing one. The Euan’s Guide badges can help individuals who are exempt from wearing masks easily identify themselves to try to prevent unnecessary
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