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Campaigning for accessible transport

Social distancing is supposed to make public transport safer. But Osayuki found that new measures are actually making it harder for disabled people to travel. As a Scope for Change campaigner, she’s calling on transport companies to improve access. 

Osayuki works as a pharmacist and because she uses a wheelchair, she needs support on public transport. During lockdown, that support just wasn’t there.

When I was going to work, a platform assistant refused to bring the ramp for me to board the train. She’d been instructed not to help disabled passengers because of social distancing”

With her campaign, Osayuki is taking action to make public transport more accessible in the new normal. Because your gifts fund the Scope for Change programme, you’re supporting her all the way.

Entertainment for everyone

As we all spend more time at home, streaming services are keeping us entertained. But four in five disabled people told us they experienced accessibility issues with services and shows.

With your support, Scope launched a campaign to make streaming services more inclusive. It prompted several leading platforms, including BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub, to make accessibility fixes, like adding captions and audio descriptions.

Expanding vital services

In the face of unprecedented demand, we’ve recently expanded our Support to Work service.

So far this year, you’ve helped us provide support to over 600 disabled jobseekers. Now we’ll also be offering advice and guidance to people during the crucial first three months in their new role.

As the recession continues to bite, the service will be more vital than ever – and so will your support.

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