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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Press release sent to local paper

PRESS RELEASE EASTBOURNE ACCESS GROUP 23 SEPTEMBER 2020 Eastbourne Access Group is a community group whose members come from all walks of life.  The group is made of up of disabled people, carers and anyone with an interest and passion about ensuring good access to our local area. The group provides information to local people and visitors about Eastbourne businesses and services, as well as campaigning to remove barriers and help to create a town that is fully inclusive.  The group volunteers also produce the Eastbourne Access Guide for Disabled People which is available on line and...
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Beat the Street – Explore Eastbourne

We are so excited, our Access Group has been chosen to be Beat the Street - Eastbourne's nominated charity/community group this year! It starts 16th September until 4th November 2020. When individuals and groups sign up they can opt to play for the Eastbourne Access Group and help us achieve our goal of 1000 points. Many of the Beat boxes are on accessible pavements around the town particularly in the Harbour area and seafront. Why not get out and about and perhaps explore more of Eastbourne. Have fun! Please keep safe - remember to social distance at the beat boxes. Full det...
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Can you help us?

Eastbourne Access group needs YOU!  Can you spare 1 -2 hours per month to volunteer flexibly for the Access group from your home? We campaign to make Eastbourne more accessible for disabled people of all ages, their carers and families. We produce the Eastbourne Access guide that has lots of information in it about local attractions, businesses and other services.  We also run events and information stands. We meet currently on Zoom and are campaigning on transport, town centre, seafront cycling, entertainment amongst other other local issues. Come and join us. Please...
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Don’t Feel Blue About Badge Renewal

Our friends at Citizen Advice Eastbourne have asked us the share Don’t Feel Blue About Badge RenewalNavigating systems to pay bills and renew essentials like blue badges might feel daunting whether online or on paper, especially when you need to provide extra documentation. Reductions in some services means it is not always possible to get instant help so here is a brief summary to guide you through the blue badge renewals process in East SussexYou can apply to renew your blue badge online via a government portal or by post. If you do not wish to renew digitally or if you have not real...
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Frustrated by lack of disabled inclusive design in Eastbourne

Well done to Ray, our deputy chair who has written a letter to the local paper, Eastbourne Herald which was published in today's edition, Friday 4th September 2020. Frustrated by lack of disabled inclusive design in Eastbourne Eastbourne Access Group is increasingly frustrated at the lack of inclusive design by East Sussex County Council when it builds new public realm schemes. The latest scheme is the seafront cycle route. Once again we see more disabled parking bays lost (five in total), in addition to a loss of three bus stops and nowhere for taxis to park and drop off old...
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