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Where Are We Now…? One Family’s Reflections on Another Lockdown.

This is the follow-up to a previous Member’s Voice post about one family’s experience of lockdown. We suggest going to read the post ‘Where Were We Then…?’ before this one to learn more about Ben and Anna. Here we go again! On 1 January 2021 we spot snowdrops growing in Ben’s garden, heralding brighter spring …

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Where Were We Then…? One Family’s Reflections on the first Lockdown

In this post we hear from Anna about the ups and downs she and her son Ben, who lives with learning disabilities, experienced during the first lockdown. A bit about Ben Ben’s passion for music and phenomenal music memory are in his DNA! As a universal language, music connects him to anyone, so eclectic is …

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“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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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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