July 2019
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Please tell us about your heating controls
Are you wondering why we're asking you about your central heating controls in the middle of summer? It's so that we can find out which ones are the easiest to use - well before winter comes. You know it makes sense.
For disabled and older people, easy and effective control of heating is vital for our health and finances. Many heating controls are complicated or inaccessible. But now there are smartphone applications - or apps - which offer a technological solution. So we really want your views and experiences. Please complete our survey below.
Electric cars - any good?
How much do you know about electric cars? Test your knowledge and let us know what you think about electric vehicles in our survey below. Your views and experiences will help us write new consumer guidance for disabled motorists.
The survey takes about 10 minutes to fill in. Everyone who completes the survey can enter a prize draw for one £100 high street shopping voucher and three £50 vouchers.
The survey is available online; in print and large print; or you can give your answers over the phone. Plug yourself into our electric car survey below.
RiDC consumer research panel – 1,000 and rising
Its not only the temperature that's rising... our consumer research panel now has over 1,100 members. A big thank you to all of you who’ve signed up recently. But we still need more people to join us - so tell all your friends!
And the lucky prize draw winners are... Jennifer Harvey from Epsom, who became our 1,000th member and won £150 in high street shopping vouchers, and Lianne Davies from Liverpool, who won £50 in vouchers as our random prize draw winner. Please share the link below with people you know.
Is online access to government services a problem?
Government services have increasingly moved online. Has this created a problem for you, a family member or a friend? RiDC is working with WaveLength, a charity that works to alleviate loneliness across the UK, as part of the Digital Equality Group (DEG), which WaveLength coordinates. Other DEG members include the British Wireless for the Blind Fund, Citizens Online, Independent Age and the Rural Community Council Network. DEG is concerned with people who find accessing, acquiring, and using digital technology difficult. You can tell your story to WaveLength below.
Other news
Changing attitudes to disability – video
How far have attitudes to disability in education, sport, and the workplace shifted over the years? Have you noticed any changes?
Helen Dolphin, mobility consultant and former ITV Anglia reporter, delved into Anglia's archives to compile a series of reports comparing then and now. Watch the video and find out what Helen discovered below.
contactSCOTLAND-BSL, the Scottish Government’s online British Sign Language (BSL) interpreting video relay service, is now available 24 hours a day, every day. Deaf and Deafblind BSL users in Scotland can call any public or third-sector organisation from home and have a video conversation via an online interpreter. Find out more below.
Blue Badge review
The Department for Transport is to set up a task group with key organisations to gather ideas and evidence on how to improve the consistency of council Blue Badge enforcement to tackle fraud and misuse. Disabled Motoring UK (DMUK) has been campaigning for the government to do more about enforcement. Read more about their work below.
Electric cars - too quiet?
All new models of four-wheel electric vehicles must be fitted with an acoustic vehicle alert system (Avas), which will sound when reversing or travelling below 12mph. The EU ruling, which came into force on 30 June, 2019, aims to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and other non-drivers by alerting them with a noise like an internal combustion engine.
Charities like RNIB and Guide Dogs have welcomed the new ruling, but hope that it will be taken further. Find out more below.
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