Sesame Access are not only a disabled access lift manufacturer but we are also advocates for an accessible and inclusive society. We create products which change peoples lives and ensure they can access the buildings and places they WANT to go to and not just because it is accessible.
The news stories below demonstrate the struggles and obstacles the disability community face everyday. Raising awareness is essential to combat the issues and make a change. Educating society on these problems is the least we can do and implementing products which benefit the lives of wheelchair users is our passion.
'Love Island's Hugo Hammond wants to show people with disabilities can be 'mainstream'
Love Island contestant Hugo Hammond has said that he wants to show viewers that having a disability doesn't mean "you can't be mainstream".
The 24-year-old PE teacher was born with a club foot and is the programme's first Islander to have a physical disability.
He said he considers himself “not a disabled person, but just a person who has a disability” in an interview ahead of the show's launch on Monday 28 June.
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DPOs welcome Disability Rights UK’s decision to quit charities’ lobby group
A leading national disabled people’s organisation (DPO) has announced it is quitting a powerful lobby group of disability charities as part of a move to work mostly with other DPOs rather than non-user-led organisations.
Disability Rights UK (DR UK) said the move to quit the Disability Charities Consortium (DCC) was part of a strategy review that was intended to ensure “greater amplification” of the voices of disabled people.
The consortium is frequently consulted by the government, and these discussions are often used as proof that ministers are talking and listening to disabled people and their organisations, but it makes few if any public announcements and has no website.
DR UK’s departure means the consortium will no longer have any member organisations that are run and controlled by disabled people.
The other members are Mencap, the National Autistic Society, Mind, Leonard Cheshire, Scope, Action on Hearing Loss, RNIB, Sense and the Business Disability Forum.
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The Bookseller to publish issue dedicated to disability
The Bookseller will publish an issue dedicated to disability as part of its series of focuses on underrepresented authors and books.
The issue, to be published on 24th September, will be curated by writer Claire Wade, and follows The Black Issue, published on 9th April, and the LGBTQ+ Special on 30th April.
The Disability Issue will focus on authors with disabilities and chronic illnesses. It will also highlight what needs to be done to ensure the publishing industry is accessible to this underrepresented group. A preview of books, dedicated to authors with disabilities as well as books exploring issues around disability and chronic illness will also be published in the same issue. Book submissions should be sent to The Bookseller by 30th July 2021.
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Disability campaigners launch new bid to make Peterloo memorial in Manchester accessible for wheelchair users
Councillors have agreed to meet with campaigners to discuss fresh proposals that they believe will ‘get us to the top’ of the monument as they say was originally promised.
Article from https://www.manchestereveningn...
When a child is born: the film lifting the lid on surrogacy, race and disability
Writer-director Jeremy Hersh and his newcomer star Jasmine Batchelor hope their new film, The Surrogate, will provoke awkward questions.
There are two films called The Surrogate. The first is a made-for-TV movie about an obsessive fan who cons her way into a writer’s life by carrying their baby.
“I’ve seen that movie,” says the director Jeremy Hersh, pulling a face. “I hope no one settles on that looking for this. It’s basically anti-women. The implication is that surrogates are crazy and calculating and out to steal some poor woman’s husband.”
Hersh’s film is different. It begins with a positive pregnancy test. “I’m just the vessel!” Jess (Jasmine Batchelor) announces brightly to a waitress at the Brooklyn restaurant where she is celebrating with the baby’s future fathers, Jess’s best friend Josh (Chris Perfetti) and his husband Aaron (Sullivan Jones).
Batchelor and Hersh are speaking to me over video call. It’s the former’s first film and she is extraordinary: real and raw, with an emotional precision that makes her compelling to watch. “When you read a script, especially as a black woman, it’s usually the wife or the girlfriend or the assistant,” she says. “To see a fully fledged character with flaws – I was like: I have to be part of this.”
A few weeks into Jess’s pregnancy, a prenatal screening detects that the baby has Down’s syndrome. Josh and Aaron feel they don’t have the emotional or financial resources to parent a child with learning disabilities. The abortion is booked, but Jess has doubts. She arranges for the three of them to go to a stay-and-play at a centre for children with Down’s syndrome. The men look uncomfortable, but Jess throws herself into the Down’s syndrome community. She is a Columbia masters graduate working as a social media manager for a charity and a little lost in her career. Advocating for this child becomes a kind of mission.
Article from https://www.theguardian.com/fi...