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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.

12-18th July

The disability employment gap: ‘I was told to live on benefits because that’s what people like me did’

‘It was incredibly isolating because I was very vulnerable, going through a terribly difficult situation,’ explains Barbara, 47, who is now a construction worker and a PhD student. ‘I felt under attack, and not just from MS.

‘They told me they were sacking me for my own good and that I should go live on benefits because that’s what people like me did. They said I was a liability in the office.’

Across the UK, disabled people continually encounter barriers to securing, retaining and progressing inemployment – something illustrated in a recent Government briefing paper, which found an employment gap of 28.8% between those living with disabilities and those without.

Put simply, from October to December 2020, the employment rate for disabled people aged 16-64 was 52.3% compared to 81.1% for those without disability. It’s a gap that has remained steady at around 30% for over a decade.

However, what makes it more concerning is that although the Conservative party made a pledge in 2017 to get one million more disabled people into work by 2027, we’re four years in and the figures have only dropped by 3%. Disabled people across the UK are still facing massive barriers to employment.

Full article here https://metro.co.uk/2021/07/17...

I used to disagree with Disability Pride Month, but I am grateful for it now

As another LGBT+ Pride Month comes to an end and July is now underway, corporate activism seems to have well and truly dwindled. And, strangely enough, there is little to be heard on what has been celebrated since 1990: Disability Pride Month.

In fact, it is astonishingly difficult to find a single word spoken on Disability Pride outside of the community. After a month of deserved support for the LGBT+ community, voices are quick to fall silent for a cause just as valuable. The bitter reality behind this is that the majority of people have never heard of Disability Pride Month, or simply don’t care.

his isn’t to say that my personal experience with Disability Pride has always been positive. I first came across Disability Pride Month last year, and the concept felt like an oxymoron. The idea that I could feel anything but resentment towards the conditions I struggled with was alien to me, so pride was not exactly an emotion that came to mind.

I refrained from ever using the term “disabled”, and viewed my accommodations as “perks”. Shamefully, I thought a month dedicated to celebrating something so painful felt forced and unnecessary.

But over the last year, I’ve had a lot of learning experiences that have changed my perspective immeasurably. Using a mobility aid in a particularly turbulent period for my condition resulted in experiencing disability in a completely different light. Dealing with glares, degrading comments and intrusive questions on a daily basis forced me to confront my identity as a disabled woman instead of shying away from it.

Full article here https://www.msn.com/en-gb/heal...

Disabled people living in fear of Freedom Day and feel 'abandoned' by Tories

Millions of disabled people have been “abandoned” by the Government ahead of Freedom Day on Monday, furious campaigners say.

Charities representing cystic fibrosis, diabetes and multiple sclerosis sufferers say their communities are living in fear.

Some 64% of disabled people think it is the wrong decision to lift restrictions, according to research by Scope.

Executive director James Taylor said: “In the rush to unlock, a huge proportion of the disabled community are yet again being forgotten. Freedom Day will mean the exact opposite for many disabled people, who have legitimate fears about their risk from Covid-19 as rates surge.”

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

Girl delighted to meet Prince Harry in Kew Gardens ceremony

A Croydon girl’s dreams have come true after meeting Prince Harry at a charity garden party last week. Rhea Talwar lives with extreme cerebral palsy but last Wednesday afternoon (July 7) her ‘bucket list’ experience was ticked off when she met Prince Harry.

Full article here https://www.richmondandtwicken...

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