Stephen Brookes, of the Disability Hate Crime Network and lead on the DAA Transport project, has asked us to publish the following story which also sees the publication of a new video. Please see below.
The latest success for the Disability Action Alliance has been the ongoing development surrounding the ‘Transport’ project which has evolved over a period from purely creating a ‘safe journey card’ to the deeper involvement of a range of partners in making the whole journey process for disabled (and older) people a far better and safer experience.
A key element has been the integration of disabled people into the process of training drivers and conductors as well as other customer facing staff, and the team are particularly grateful to Blackpool Transport for their continued interest and involvement where MD Jane Cole and Safety and Standards Manager Chris Davies have been emphasising the ‘cost neutral’ success of this venture of disabled people being an active part of the learning process.
The delivery group for the project will now be looking at ways of expanding this work through its own areas and remits, which means that the work of the secretariat at the ODI for which we are deeply grateful will come to a natural conclusion, as is the case for other DAA projects. The ever increasing range of members of the DAA is why such success are happening, and we will see more in the next few years.
The transport project has developed a video to share their success, which you can view here.
Stephen Brookes MBE (DAA Transport Project Chair)