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Rica News December 2016
Which car, which technology?
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Rica's 'Gem of the Month' for December is our car safety technology information.  We've updated it to provide a handy 'at-a-glance' guide to the most useful features that can make driving easier for older and disabled drivers. There's a nifty table of popular car models showing which safety features they offer. Find our more below.
Car driving controls - can you help? 
 
We're looking for people who are new to the world of driving controls to spend half a day with us at QEF Mobility Services, Carshalton, Surrey, on 13th January 2017.
We'll pay participants travel expenses plus £50.
If you're interested, please contact Eric either by phone on 020 7427 2459 or by email - click below. 
Rica monthly news by post 
Do you know someone who'd like to receive the Rica newsletter but doesn't use a computer, tablet or smartphone? We're planning to mail out print copies to people who would otherwise miss out on our monthly news. Contact us if you know somebody who'd like one.
Other news
Disability Now no more
Disability Now, or DN, as it was affectionately known, will close in the New Year. Ian Macrae, the editor, has written a blog post looking back at its 32-year history.
Scope, t he charity which funded DN, will continue to showcase new DN-branded content, produced and led by disabled people, on its own blog. Read the full story and Ian's post below. 
The government is asking for your views on its plans for funding supported housing in England as well as emergency and short-term placements throughout Great Britain.
The consultation is open until 13th February, 2017. Further details and ways to take part are on the GOV.UK website; see below.
Supporting disabled people in w ork - your say
In October, the Department for Work and Pensions published a green paper, 'Improving Lives', with questions on what policy interventions are required to support disabled people obtain and retain work. There's also an easy words-and-pictures version.  Disability Rights UK wants to receive your personal stories and views. The closing date for the main consultation is 18th February 2017 but Disability Rights UK needs to read responses by 31st January 2017. Find out more below. 
Young disabled Scots lack access to arts
 
Young disabled and D/deaf people face multiple and intersecting barriers to accessing arts provision in Scotland, a new report by Birds of Paradise Theatre Company has found.
The report called 'Barriers to Access' identified five main barriers, including a lack of suitable arts provision and availability of access information. The report suggests five key strategies to address these barriers, leading with arts provided specifically for young disabled and D/deaf people and  centralised information about arts opportunities. Read the full report below.     
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