February 2019
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Welcome Gordon, our new CEO
RiDC is delighted to welcome our new Chief Executive Officer, Gordon McCullough, who joined us on 4 February, 2019. Gordon says:

"I am thrilled to take up the reigns as the new CEO of RiDC. Working in the charity sector for twenty years, mainly in social research, I know the positive impact that high quality, thoughtful and evidence-based work can have on people’s lives. I'd really like to hear about your ideas for future research, or for specific consumer advice that's needed, and how we can energise our "most excellent of resources", our consumer research forum. Click on the link below to drop me an email."
Accessible train travel? On track or off the rails?
How accessible is train travel for disabled people?

We're running a survey asking for your experiences - good or bad - of travelling by rail. The survey's open to all disabled people, wherever you live, whatever train company you use and whether or not you use trains to get around. That's because we want to find out what prevents some people from travelling by train as well as what works for you. The survey can take up to 20 minutes to complete. But there are prizes; one £100 and two £50 high street shopping vouchers in a random prize draw. The survey closes on March 29, 2019 at 5pm. There are also print, large print and phone options available to take part. Find out more about the train travel survey below.
Prize draw! Win £100 in shopping vouchers!
Congratulations to LynneP from Northants, who wins £100 in shopping vouchers in the Rate it! January prize draw! Lynne explains why she wrote a review for Rate it!:

“I feel it is so important that we do what we can to help each other.”

We agree and would like to extend a big "Thank You" to everyone who sent in a review - we really appreciate your contributions. There's another chance to win a £100 shopping vouchers prize this month! Enter by sending us your product review online, by phone, or on paper.
Find out more via the link below.
Disability Horizons says Rate It! (and we agree)
Denise Stephens of Enabled by Design has picked three top-rated products from Rate it! for a feature published in Disability Horizons. She underlines how important it is, in a largely ableist world, to have a product reviews website written by and for disabled people. Read the Disability Horizons article below.
Are white goods becoming less easy to use?
Are touch-screen controls on cookers, washing machines and fridges difficult for you to use because you're blind or partially-sighted, or have weakness in your hands?
In a recent audio feature, Chris from RiDC and Alan from RNIB Connect Radio discuss the issues relating to white household products. Listen to the podcast online below.
Other news
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Learning disability survey
Mencap is running a national survey of people with a learning disability - the first in 15 years. It's a chance for people with a learning disability to tell the charity about their everyday lives and experiences of topics such as health, relationships, employment and inclusion. Have your say and take the survey below.
Fascinating film archive
The British Film Institute (BFI) has free films available to view online in a collection called Disabled Britain on Film. With representations of disabled people on screen from over the past ten decades, it looks very interesting indeed.
What's audio-described in the arts?
Vocal Eyes lists current audio descriptions of upcoming theatre productions and museum exhibitions from around the UK. Vocal Eyes works to ensure b lind and partially sighted people have the best possible opportunities to experience and enjoy art and heritage.  See the latest listings below.
Online abuse of disabled people
MPs on the Petitions Committee want to give disabled people the same online abuse protections under hate crime laws as those who are abused due to race or religion. They accept that self-regulation of social media "has failed disabled people" and internet giants must also "accept responsibility" over abuse. Read the report below.
Air travel for wheelchair users
Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) has produced a video for powered wheelchair users giving information and insights about air travel and what support is available. It was made in partnership with the UK Civil Aviation Authority.
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