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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.

5-11th July

Town council continues support for disabled access to Bognor beach

A series of questions about the future of disabled access at Bognor Regis beach are being to Arun District Council.

A series of questions about the future of disabled access at Bognor Regis beach are being put to Arun District Council.

At a meeting of Bognor Regis Town Council on Monday, members agreed to ask Arun whether it had formally considered a project for a ramp yet, if a budget had been agreed and if the intended start date of 2022/3 was still realistic.

These were among the recommendations from an online beach and sea access topic team meeting.

The town council also agreed to support a beach access project.

The idea of a disabled access ramp at the beach goes back several years and in October we reported how it was to be a priority this year.

Though members agreed on the concept of disabled access to the beach, there was some controversy as to the exact wording of the motion at Monday’s town council meeting, which specified a ‘built ramp’.

Feeling this was restrictive, council members eventually passed an amendment which replaced the words ‘built ramp’ with ‘disabled access’.

Full article here: https://www.bognor.co.uk/news/...

MP asks Transport Minister about disabled access at local railway stations

Yesterday evening Nus Ghani MP for Wealden used an adjournment debate to raise the matter of step-free access upgrades at Wealden train stations, Blue Badge parking at Eridge station and to probe the Minister on investment into the electrification of the Uckfield Line and a new depot in Crowborough.

Adjournment debates are held on the motion ‘that the House (or sitting) do now adjourn’. The term refers to the short debate that takes place at the end of each day’s sitting in the House of Commons. They are an opportunity for a backbench MP to raise an issue and receive a response from the relevant Minister.

Having served as Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Transport, Ms Ghani was responsible for delivering the Inclusive Transport Strategy, which paved the way to equal access to all transport networks for people with visible and invisible disabilities.

Ms Ghani used the opportunity to highlight that 41% of rail stations in Britain currently lack step free and this rises to 52% in the South East.

She referred to the multi-million-pound funding secured for Eridge and Crowborough stations which are currently undergoing refurbishments to ensure step-free access, but urged the Minister to ensure that Blue Badge parking is delivered alongside these improvements.

She also stressed the recent safety upgrades to Frant and Wadhurst stations, which have had warning tactile installed and a contrasting line painted to support people with sight loss. However, both these stations currently lack step-free access. Ms Ghani is keen to keep the momentum and pressed the Minister on ensuring that these upgrades are delivered in Frant and Wadhurst in the near future.

Full article here: https://crowboroughlife.com/we...

Cornwall music producer searching for new recording studio with disabled access after Krowji fire

There is a lack of accessible recording studios according to a music producer whose studio of seven years was destroyed in a fire near Redruth.

An investigation is underway to uncover how the fire started at Krowji - Cornwall's largest art and community hub.

Stuart Blackmore says now his studio's gone, he has realised just how valuable the facilities were.

"What was great about was it had disabled access, it also had a cafe. Some of the people I see they might not see anyone for a week so having a cafe with disabled toilets it was really special. Then after the fire that was the real realisation that I had lost that was really quite scary."

Stuart was unable to be rehoused within the rest of the Krowji complex, and has a lot of clients who need wheelchair access, so has started a crowdfunder to find a suitable new home.

One of those is Oliver Goulding, who was half way through recording his debut album with Stuart when the studio was damaged.

"Music is so powerful and so full-filling, it's really helped me a lot, and its made me feel more confident as a person as well," he said.

"It's got to have lots of space and room because I've got a powerchair and even with a powerchair you need space."

Around £23,000 was raised by the community in the immediate aftermath of the fire, which was later matched by business sponsors. However this money had to be split between the 16 artists affected and will be largely spent on replacing equipment.

Full article here: https://www.itv.com/news/westc...

RELEASE: Disabled Voters Still Face Systemic Barriers To Casting Ballots; CAP Report Urges Officials To Improve Access

Washington, D.C. — Disabled voters still face systemic barriers at nearly every step of the voting process that prevent them from participating in elections, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress that urges policymakers to improve accessibility.

The report examines a list of unacceptable hurdles, including inaccessible polling places and voter registration offices; inadequate registration and voting accommodations; and election information that is unreadable for some. Vote by mail posed problems for some disabled voters, as did the lack of accessible voting machines. Disabled Americans were roughly 7 percentage points less likely than nondisabled people to participate in elections in 2020 after adjusting for age, according to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and Rutgers University.

The recent spate of anti-voting laws passed in Georgia, Texas, and other states designed to keep Americans of color from accessing the ballot box also prevent disabled people from casting their votes. Voter suppression policies such as voter ID laws, early-voting restrictions, and policies aimed at limiting curbside voting and ballot drop boxes excessively burden disabled voters—especially people with mobility disabilities.

Full article here: https://www.americanprogress.o...

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