Disabled people urged to give their experience of discrimination

Disabled people urged to give their experience of discrimination

Disabled people urged to give their experience of discrimination

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DISABLED people in York told of the difficulties they have faced in an investigation into discrimination in the city.

Wheelchair users have told how bus drivers have not let them on if there are pushchairs onboard and one person said when they were not allowed due to a broken ramp, passengers stopped the driver and helped lift the wheelchair on themselves.

The experiences have been recounted as part of Healthwatch York research into discrimination against disabled people in the city.

Emma Hersey, who is conducting the research, said: "We have been looking at the attitudes disabled people face from both the public and service providers - for example bus drivers, shop assistants and GPs. This has been done in several ways, including through engaging people face to face at focus groups and through an online survey.

"However, we are still looking to hear from more people about their experiences as we want as many disabled people in York as possible to have their voices heard."

So far about 70 people have given feedback. Other experiences have included a lack of support for people with mental health problems, issues for children moving from primary to secondary school, and a lack of awareness from professionals about disability.

One person with communication difficulties has described how a doctor's receptionist would not read the sign they gave to explain their condition and continued speaking.

If you have a disability and would like to fill in the survey, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RCXS9XB by the closing date of May 16.

Meanwhile, people with disabilities are asked to attend an event to help make York safer.

The event at the Priory Street Centre from 10am to 1pm on May 12 will discuss disability hate crime as well as discussing personal experience and identifying places in York where disabled people feel safe and where they do not and will be shared with Julia Mulligan, the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Stephen Brookes, the coordinator of the National Disability Hate Crime Network, will lead the event. which is wheelchair accessible and has a hearing loop.

To book a place, please phone us on 01904 621133 or email healthwatch@yorkcvs.org.uk

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12:28pm Sat 10 May 14

Owain ap Llwyd says...

Disabled citizens of York:-
give your experiences of discrimination to James Alexander.
He must know about them and stop discrimation in and around York.
Disabled citizens of York:- give your experiences of discrimination to James Alexander. He must know about them and stop discrimation in and around York. Owain ap Llwyd
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6:06pm Sat 10 May 14

Digeorge says...

Not that he would listen anyway.

Healthwatch - it is years of 'genetic' discrimination in healthcare courtesy of one of our major teaching hospitals and lack of care pathways. I begin to wonder if major departments in the hospital have actually 'met' each other and whether they know they exist!!

As for employers, well they are just all discriminatory here in York.

Guess I am deciding not to tick the box anymore cos generally people's perceptions are because you are not in a wheelchair you don't fit. Nope afraid I have this for life and manage the medical issues accordingly. I bet if I put the same application with a box not ticked, I would get the job, nothing wrong with the skills, strange how I never have had an interview with the Council!!
Not that he would listen anyway. Healthwatch - it is years of 'genetic' discrimination in healthcare courtesy of one of our major teaching hospitals and lack of care pathways. I begin to wonder if major departments in the hospital have actually 'met' each other and whether they know they exist!! As for employers, well they are just all discriminatory here in York. Guess I am deciding not to tick the box anymore cos generally people's perceptions are because you are not in a wheelchair you don't fit. Nope afraid I have this for life and manage the medical issues accordingly. I bet if I put the same application with a box not ticked, I would get the job, nothing wrong with the skills, strange how I never have had an interview with the Council!! Digeorge
  • Score: -4

4:00pm Sun 11 May 14

anistasia says...

Well I'm in a wheelchair and not being a standard size most places in town I can't get into food places coffee shops and banks even my own doctors door is very small that my chair would not fit through it.I love my fishing but not many places I can get to the river bank.
Well I'm in a wheelchair and not being a standard size most places in town I can't get into food places coffee shops and banks even my own doctors door is very small that my chair would not fit through it.I love my fishing but not many places I can get to the river bank. anistasia
  • Score: 2

5:48pm Sun 11 May 14

CaroleBaines says...

Having worked with the disabled I would suggest the greatest discrimination they suffer is a government who wrongly brand them scroungers.
Having worked with the disabled I would suggest the greatest discrimination they suffer is a government who wrongly brand them scroungers. CaroleBaines
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