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Rica News February 2017
Wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) 
woman in wheelchair entering wav 
Rica's 'Gem of the Month' for February is our information on wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) which has tips and advice from WAV users.
A WAV allows you to travel in your wheelchair or to transfer from your wheelchair to a car seat. We've practical
checklists of what to think about, the types of WAV available, how to get a WAV and useful resources. Find out more about WAVs below.
WAVs usability research
 
Our usability research may interest OTs, researchers or anyone looking in more detail about WAVs. Our research involved stakeholder interviews, focus groups and two full days of user testing with six users and eight WAVs at QEF Mobility Centre in Surrey. See the report below.
Welcome to three new Trustees
A long-standing Trustee, Gary Waller, is stepping down and we'd like to extend our thanks to Gary for his commitment to Rica and his support over the years. We're very pleased to warmly welcome three new Trustees to the Rica board - Raj Mehta, Michael Briggs, and Margaret Cheng - who bring a wealth of relevant experience and skills. For more details about all of Rica Trustees see below .
Other news
Disabled Access Day 2017
Disabled Access Day will take place across three days this year, from 10th - 12th March, 2017. First held in 2015, its popularity has grown and there are now too many events to cram into a single day. Find out what's happening near you below.
WRAG claimants' extra costs should be covered
Before the Government can cut the benefit rate for new Employment Support Allowance (ESA) claimants in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG), it must make sure that claimants' extra living costs don't mean that they'd be worse off working, a new report from the Work and Pensions Committee says. The Government should find out what additional, unavoidable living costs claimants have because of their conditions, and ensure that these costs are covered.
Read the report below.
Tell the CQC about your care
 
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) wants you to tell them about the care you've received, good or bad. The CQC works with a number of national charities in 'Tell us about your care' partnerships. Find out more about how to comment below. 
Subtitles for on-demand TV
 
Ofcom, the TV regulator, will now have the power to compel broadcasters
to provide subtitles on all catch up or video-on-demand services, the Government has ruled. Until now, 76% of on-demand programming has been inaccessible to the UK's 7.5 million subtitle users, even if the programmes were subtitled when they were originally broadcast. Read more below.
Is your council website accessible?
How accessible is your council website? A recent UK-wide survey for Better Connected found that a third failed stage one of its accessibility test. They were given until 27 January to improve them and further tests are being carried out this month. Find out how your council did below.
Visitors to Parliament on the autistic spectrum
Houses of Parliament 
The UK Parliament wants to improve access for visitors who are on the autistic spectrum. They've published a guide which includes maps, access information and nine 'stories' to help explain what to expect when you visit, whether as a tourist or to attend an event. Find out more below.
Survey: does disability affect you at work?
Logo of Disability Wales  Anabledd Cymru 
The UK Government plans to change the way that disabled people and people with a health condition access and remain in employment.
Disability Wales want your views on: the current benefits system; going to a work capability assessment; being supported to find employment; being in work; and getting the correct support. Take their survey below.
Assistance at airports
 
How do you feel about the service you receive at airports? A report by Outsourced Client Solutions (OCS) has found that travellers who book assistance in advance are mostly satisfied with the service they receive. But passengers who don't need a wheelchair and those with non-visible disabilities are less happy, and many report that their equipment is mishandled. OCS has called for further debate and is asking for your views - see below.

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