March 2019
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Rate it! - "share the love" video
In a new short video introducing Rate it!, the product review website written by and for disabled people, there is a plea asking you to share your knowledge. To paraphrase Bob Geldof: "Give us your xxxx product reviews!....please."

You could even maybe win £100 in high street shopping vouchers!

Watch the Rate it! video below.
Do flat shiny screens make appliances inaccessible?
More and more kitchen appliances have flat screen controls. In an article in Disability Horizons, Peter Wilkins, a stalwart of the National Federation of the Blind, an RiDC panel member and Chair of Disability Stockport, likens it to walking on a tightrope.

He's got a plan to make a difference: post a review on Rate it! and let others know which products to avoid - and which are worth getting. Read Peter's article below.
How accessible is train travel?
Is train travel accessible for disabled people?
We're running a UK-wide survey asking for your experiences - good or bad - of travelling by rail.

It's open to all disabled people, wherever you live, and whether or not you use trains. Have your say below.
Other news
Mike Oliver and the social model of disability
Mike Oliver, who died on Sunday, 3 March, didn't invent the social model of disability, but arguably did more than anyone else to promote it. The idea that "it is society which disables physically impaired people and that disability is something imposed on top of our impairments by the way we are unnecessarily isolated and excluded from full participation in society" was groundbreaking.
Mike, the first Professor of Disability Studies at the University of Greenwich, also published a number of seminal books, including Social Work, Disabled People and Disabling Environments; Understanding Disability, from Theory to Practice; and, with Colin Barnes, The New Politics of Disablement.
Read more about Mike Oliver's life below.
Get Yourself Active event
Disability Rights UK's Get Yourself Active programme has found new evidence about how to create the best outcomes for disabled people through physical activity. They and Sport England are holding a free event on 25 March, 2019, to discuss the findings. Find out more and book your place below.
Learning disability training
The government wants to know what you think of their plans to make sure health and social care staff have the right training to understand the needs of people with a learning disability and autistic people. Have your say by 12 April, 2019. Read and comment on their proposals below.
The health risks of 5G?
Will radiation from the new 5G mobile network (used for phones and the Internet of Things) damage your health - especially if you're electro-sensitive? The Bio-Electromagnetic Research Initiative has launched a petition to ask Parliament for an independent enquiry into 5G safety. See the petition below.
Access All Areas on 19 March, London
Transport for London is holding a second Access All Areas exhibition on Tuesday, 19 March, 2019 at ExCel London. This free event will bring together around 2,000 disabled and older customers with transport professionals and decision-makers. RiDC will have a stand there, so come and say hello! Details below.
Disabled Access Day - to boldly go
Disabled Access Day is an annual event for disabled people to try new places and experiences easily, safely and without the pressure of time. T his year it's held on Saturday, 16 March, and the focus is on being bold and going somewhere new. Their website lists all the events taking place around the UK . See more and sign up below.
Will disabled cyclists lose benefits?
Nearly half of disabled cyclists fear benefit sanctions for being physically active, a survey by Wheels for Wellbeing has found. Of these, 17 per cent say that this fear has made them cut down or stop cycling and six per cent have had benefits reduced or stopped because they're physically active. Read more results from the disabled cycling survey below.
Kidz to Adultz Middle in Coventry
Kidz to Adultz Middle is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with a fully-accessible event at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 21 March. With over 120 exhibitors, it's open to all disabled children and young adults up to the age of 25 and their supporters. Entry and parking are free. Find out more and get your tickets below.
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