Month: November 2020

An empty Blue Badge parking space shows the yellow wheelchair icon associated with disability

“City of York Council remains disingenuous in its treatment of disabled motorists.”

Today we hear from Mick, one of our members, about the city centre blue badge parking issue. Welcome to Disability History Month (18th November – 20th December) and in particular the run up to York Disability Week (28th November – 5th December). Throughout very recent history disabled people have had to fight for their human …

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A sign painted on a concrete wall reads 'everyone is welcome'

Statement Presented to the Council on City Centre Access

Today we spoke at a meeting of the Executive of City of York Council on the future of the extended footstreets, or the pedestrianised areas of York city centre. Below is the statement we delivered. The full meeting can be watched on the council’s webcasts page. The future of the footstreets is agenda item 7. …

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Digital Accessibility for the Individual: Get Involved in a Website Personalisation Study

Recently, Joe, an MSc student from the University of York got in touch to tell us about his research into the accessibility of interactive media. He’s specifically looking at whether personalisation of websites and user interfaces can be used to make them more accessible to all. If you’re a user of assistive tech then there’s …

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Speech bubble with the word ableism inside

What is ableism and why does it matter?

What is ableism? “In its most boiled-down, squished together, simplified form, ableism is the process of favoring, fetishizing, and building the world around a mostly imagined, idealized body while discriminating against those bodies perceived to move, see, hear, process, operate, look, or need differently from that vision.” Rebekah Taussig, Sitting Pretty I really like Rebekah’s …

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