Monthly Access Group meetings

Our next monthly meeting to be held on Wednesday, 27 January 2021 at 10.30am-12.30 pm is via Zoom. The meeting will start with GUEST SPEAKER: Kaveri Sharma, Equality and Inclusion Manager, Adult Social Care and Health, East Sussex County Council. Guest Speaker for our Wednesday, 24th February meeting will be: Inspector Rachel Barrow, Neighbourhood Policing Team, Sussex Police. For more information about joining the meetings or finding out more about the Access Group please email: admin@eastbourneaccessgroup.org.uk
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Latest Disability Today article in The Herald – Corona Christmas – a time to regroup

As weeks and months go by Coronavirus is still very much a part of our lives. Whether it is because we have experienced the virus directly or its impact on our lives has been because of the lockdowns imposed by the government, our lifestyles have been changed. This can vary from a mild inconvenience to extreme worry and concern. Inconvenience because we may have to adapt some of our everyday life practices and extreme worry for those classified as vulnerable and required to shield themselves from possible exposure to the virus. Many disabled people are categorised as vulnerable due to th...
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Christmas Greetings and Thank you

On behalf of Liz, Ray, and myself can we just say a great big thank you to our volunteers, guests and speakers for their participation and support in this difficult year. Wishing you all a happy Christmas and great New year. Stay safe everyone and we hope to see and meet you all in 2021. Brian Day, Co-Chair
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Our response to the ESCC Local Cycling and Walking Consultation which ends 11th December 2020

Eastbourne Access Group consultation response to East Sussex Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plan Public Consultation 2020. We need your help please send your own individual response by 11 December 2020. Thank you ESCC LCWIP 1 December 2020 We welcome the key overall strategic aim to be ‘inclusive and support people with physical and hidden disabilities’. It is imperative that full consideration is given to LTN 1/20 which the documents reference: higher quality cycling provision, as well as kerb or barrier and effective cycle lane segregation from pedestrians. The LTN ...
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Business Disability Awareness – Accessibility quick wins

This is the latest Business Disability Awareness newsletter from Eastbourne Council. As more businesses reopen from 2 December, it is important to provide good service to all customers in the run up to Christmas, a key trading period. Sometimes a small change can have a big impact. There are many simple things your business can do to improve the accessibility of your services and premises for disabled people. In this video Ian Streets, Access Consultant at About Access Ltd, delivers a presentation about the practical steps you can take. Many of his hints and tips won't cost...
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Latest Disability Today article – Are We Making Progress?

DISABILITY TODAY  by the Eastbourne Access Group Are We Making Progress? It is 2020, 30 years after the publication of The Social Model of Disability was published and 20 years since the Equality Act became law but what has changed in that time? The model says that ‘People are disabled by barriers in society, not by their impairment or difference’ and the Equality Act emphasises this by stating ‘People with disability should not be treated any less favourably than people without’. Barriers can be physical, like buildings not having accessible toilets, or they can be caused by peopl...
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MBE For Services to People with Disabilities in Eastbourne for Ian

Local paper The Herald article taken from Face Book: Ian Westgate will receive the MBE for services to people with disabilities in Eastbourne. Mr Westgate is the immediate past chair of Eastbourne Access Group and has a 50 year track record of volunteering through scouting, youth club leadership, Rotaract, MS Society and more recently with the Eastbourne Access Group where he was chair for 15 years. He said, “I feel deeply humbled that my friends have thought me worthy of such reward. “Over the years I have volunteered in many ways though I never really knew if my time and effort ...
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Business Disability Awareness

This is the link to the latest Eastbourne Council's Business Disability Awareness newsletter https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKEASTBOURNE/bulletins/2a27b55 How do I know if a person is disabled? You probably don't know Many people have hidden disabilities which mean they don't show physical signs. Hidden disabilities include learning difficulties, mental health, speech, visual or hearing impairments. They can also include asthma and other lung conditions, as well as chronic illnesses such as diabetes.  Disabilities affect each person in a different w...
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Our AGM and 28th October Access Group meeting

Due to Covid-19 our next monthly meeting will be via Zoom on Wednesday, 28th October 10.30am-12.30 pm. It is our AGM with GUEST SPEAKER: Devan Briggs on the Eastbourne Borough Council's Business Disability awareness scheme Advance details of our 25th November 2020 meeting, 10.30am-11.45am on Zoom. We invite you to attend a presentation on: SOCIAL MODEL OF DISABILITY- APPROACH TO REMOVING BARRIERS For disabled young people and adults living with any physical, sensory, mental health, cognitive or learning impairment, as well as their families and supporters.  Please come alo...
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