Keep up to date with the latest news and contributions from Forum members and guests!

The Forum is made up of a wide range of people with different disabilities and experiences and we want our blog to reflect that. As such, you might hear from someone with a visual impairment in one post and someone with epilepsy in another.

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Support our Formal Objection to Footstreet Proposals

Objections to the footstreet proposals must reach City of York Council by 6th August. To make this easier for individuals, we provided templates and have recently reached out to other organisations in the city for their support. We …
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Objecting to the Footstreet Extensions

On 22nd June, the Executive Member for Transport (Councillor D’Agorne) made the decision to publicise the proposals to make the current footstreet arrangements permanent. We spoke against the decision and are continuing to raise our objections. Since then, …
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Amendments to ‘Ensuring Access for All’

For background to this motion, please see our recent blog ‘Statement Presented to the Council: Ensuring Access for All’. We were disappointed that Cllr D’Agorne’s amendments were passed and as a result of those amendments, the motion itself has …
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Wear Blue for Arthrogryposis

30th June is Arthrogryposis Awareness Day and Abi, one of the Steering Group members, tells us more about this mouthful of a word: Your first question is probably how do I say that? Followed closely by what is that…? You …
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Being part of the steering group

Lydia tells us more about being part of the Steering Group: In my introduction blog, I commented that I have been able to grow and develop various skills during my time on the YDRF Steering Group, including giving presentations …
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York to Become an Anti-Racist and Inclusive City

For today’s blog, we turn to Haddy from Speak Up Diversity. Haddy is the Founder and Directory of the organisation which is working to end the systemic and institutional racist policies that disproportionately affects people of colour. Speak …
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Meet: Lydia

In this post, we chat with Lydia to find out a bit more about her as well as why she joined the Forum’s Steering Group. Her love of York and supporting others is clear and we are lucky …
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Behind the scenes of the Steering Group

Raising awareness and visibility of disability wherever we go! When people talk of the York Disability Rights Forum Steering Group, it can feel a bit abstract or distant. So, who are we and what do we do? Who are we? We …
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Mental Health Awareness Week

Lydia, one of the Steering Group members, tells us a bit about her experiences and what she wants more people to know about mental health: Firstly, it’s important to note that not everyone who experiences mental health issues would …
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Why I love my wheelchair

Freedom! Independence! Being able to leave the house!  These are all things that most people take for granted, but if you have a disability that affects your mobility, they often become treasured.  Until I got my wheelchair, leaving the …
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Pavement Cafés and Street Furniture: Not For Us

The City of York Council Licensing and Regulatory Committee met on 26th April. On the agenda (item 6) was a report about businesses reopening with pavement cafés which stated there were no equality implications surrounding this. We strongly …
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Wheelchair walks in and around York!

Spring is arriving and we’re starting to think about how nice it’d be to go for a wander in nature. We’ve asked around and discovered your favourite accessible walks! Let us know if the comments if we’ve missed …
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Blue Badge Application Assessments

We have been made aware that people applying for, and renewing, Blue Badges have been asked to attend face to face assessments. This is clearly concerning during a global pandemic when many people have still not recieved a …
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The Latest: Disabled Access to York City Centre

Concerns about disabled access into and around York city centre are growing as the city thinks about ‘opening up’ and the removal of Blue Badge access remains in place. Added to this now are concerns around the accessibility …
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Chat With Us!

On Easter Monday, 5th April, a few of us are getting together for a friendly chat on Zoom, where we’ll be disabled people from York, talking to other disabled people from York. That’s it! We’re happy to answer any questions …
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Meet: Marilyn

In this post Helen talks to Marilyn to find out a bit more about her as well as York Human Rights City Network. Marilyn is a member of the Forum Steering Group and brings so much energy and …
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Dropped kerb policy consultation

We know dropped kerbs are a big issue and now is your chance to have a say on the issue.City of York Council are currently consulting on the process involved in applying for vehicle crossings which by extension …
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Getting a COVID-19 Vaccination in York

Here is some information on getting a COVID-19 vaccination in York that might be useful for anyone feeling anxious or apprehensive about the process. Information is based on some individual experiences of people in York who have received …
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Meet: The York ME Community

In this post we talk to Bill Clayton to find out about The York ME Community and his views and experiences of life with ME. Bill is a member of the Forum Steering Group and is a vital …
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What should I call you…?

People worry about using the wrong language or accidentally insulting someone by using the wrong terminology.  Whilst it’s obviously important to treat people with respect, it’s also ok to get it wrong now and then.  So long as …
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Meet: Eleanor and MySight York

In this post we talk to Eleanor to find out a bit more about her and her time with MySight York. She is a member of the Forum Steering Group and brings some valuable perspectives and experiences …
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