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Rica News May 2017
Rica's car technology information
Rica's 'Gem of the Month' for May is the wide range of car technology information available on our website, including:
Global Disability Innovation (GDI) Hub
 
Our guest blog post is from Rosemary Frazer, who talks about the first Disability Innovation Summit, to be held on 13 and 14 July at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. It's based at the Global Disability Innovation (GDI) Hub and will feature technology, research, athletics, dance, fashion and art. Find out more below. 
Safety for wheelchair users on trains
Rica is working with Integrated Transport Planning Ltd (ITP) on a project for the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) looking at  wheelchair user safety on train platforms. There's a survey for wheelchair users to give their views and experiences. Rica will be conducting follow-up phone interviews with some respondents. Closing date: 18 June 2017. Take the survey below.
Other news
Mobility Roadshow
This year's Mobility Roadshow takes place on 1-3 June at NAEC Stoneleigh in  Warwickshire. One of the highlights is Get Going Live! - the driving event for anyone new to driving who wants to find out about adapted motoring, including hand controls. Admission and parking are free.
Find out more and register below.
Guide Dogs - pavement parking campaign
 
Pavement parking is barking, says the charity Guide Dogs. Vehicles parked on pavements are dangerous for pedestrians, especially blind or partially sighted people, wheelchair users and other disabled people. Yet outside London, there's no clear legislation to prevent it. Guide Dogs is calling for action to extend the London regulations to the rest of England. Read more below.
Can social action improve services?
The All Party Parliamentary Group for Dual Diagnosis and Complex Needs is working with the Office for Civil Society to gather evidence of how social action can drive better services for people with complex needs (for example, by improving outcomes, preventing crisis, reducing stigma or developing more responsive services). If you have personal experience of these issues or know of relevant examples, email sarah.cameron2@turning-point.co.uk by 20 May, 2017. Read more below.
New Shopmobility directory
The National Federation of Shopmobility UK, run by British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA), has published a 2017 print directory, which includes a full listing of all Shopmobility schemes. Copies cost £4.99 each and are available from your local Shopmobility scheme, or you can phone
01933 229644 or email: shopmobility@bhta.com 
Find out more below.
National Mobility Registration
 
The National Federation of Shopmobility UK has also launched a new National Mobility Registration scheme, a register of all mobility vehicles across the UK. Its aim is to help you and the police to protect your vehicle, reduce the risk of theft and make having your stolen vehicle returned more likely. Registration, including an identification sticker, costs £12 per year plus £1.50 postage and packing. Register your mobility vehicle below.
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