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Although the Disability Discrimination Act and the Equality Act that followed have made huge improvements to the lives of those living with both physical and mental disabilities, there are still enormous barriers to everyday health and wellbeing in West Berkshire.
Railway stations are a prime example of where issues often still arise, with inappropriate facilities for those who find getting around challenging – this includes needing to give 24 hours’ notice to receive assistance in getting on and off trains and often be unable to sue trains at all if they are driver only.
Healthwatch West Berkshire’s Voice Of Disability Report launched Today at Hungerford Train Station, raises questions about these sorts of issues, which were discussed at last year’s workshop, and provides a number of recommendations to improve life for the disabled in our community.
The report followed on from a hugely successful workshop in November 2018 held in collaboration with the Volunteer Centre West Berks, West Berkshire Independent Living Network (WBLIN) and seAp, which you can read about this HERE. It brought service users, carers, the voluntary sector together with health and social care professionals incl: The Care Quality Commission (CQC), Department of Work and Pension (DWP), Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (BWCCG) and West Berkshire Council officers from Transport, Social Care, Community Mental Health, Public Health and also Thames Valley Police.