This week, Euan’s Guide, the disabled access reviews website, launched its Red Cord Campaign across the UK in order to encourage the correct usage of emergency cords in accessible toilets.
Many of the website’s reviewers frequently find that the emergency cord in accessible toilets is hard to reach or is tied up in knots, making it difficult for a disabled person to use the cord to call for assistance. Euan’s Guide has, therefore, designed eye-catching cards that can be attached to the red cord to remind people how important it is that they hang correctly.
Michael McGrath, CEO and founder of Herts-based charity, the Muscle Help Foundation (MHF), was surprised and delighted to win the ‘Social Enterprise of the Year’ Award at last Thursday night’s Inspiring Hertfordshire awards, a glittering black tie gala dinner, attended by over 350 Hertfordshire businessmen and women.
The Mayor and Transport for London’s (TfL’s) plans for a more accessible railway have reached a new milestone, with a 50% increase in the number of London Underground stations providing step-free access from platform to train via new boarding ramps.
Manual boarding ramps were first introduced to the Tube as a trial to help make the 2012 Games the most accessible ever held. Since then they have been permanently installed at many more stations and with 28 more stations now fitted with them over the past year the total now stands at more than 50. Alongside other innovations such as permanent ‘platform humps’ – which raise a section of the platform to be level with the train – and new low-floor trains on the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines, the ramps are helping revolutionise step-free travel in the Capital.
Over 650 swimmers from 50 countries will converge this summer on Glasgow’s Tollcross International Swimming Centre for the IPC Swimming World Championships which will run from 13-19 July.
The World Championships, which are staged every two years, are the biggest event on the calendar for para-swimming outside of the Paralympic Games and will see the world’s best male and female para-swimmers – including Ellie Simmonds and Scotland’s Andrew Mullen and Scott Quinn – in action.
Ellie Simmonds, who has won 13 World titles and 10 European titles, as well as having 10 World Records to her name, is looking forward to competing at Tollcross – the scene of the hugely successful Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
“I’m so excited about the home World Championships. Home support was so important during the London 2012 Paralympics and I really love it when the crowd cheer us on. I hope that we get big audiences so we can show them how brilliant our sport is.
“Glasgow will be my fourth World Championships and I think it will be really special. I love competing at the top level. Racing fast is the best part of my sport but this will be made even better with a great crowd getting behind the team.
“The world’s best will be coming to Glasgow for this competition and it would be great if we could make the first British-held World Championships the best one yet.”
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