MP Neil Carmichael calls for better provision for disabled people so everyone can lead a fulfilling life

WITH the London 2012 Paralympics being so successful - Channel 4 has never had such massive viewing figures - it was a timely opportunity to discuss disability issues with members of the Stroud Access Group.

To my mind, every individual should be treated fairly and this must, of course, include ensuring disabled people being able to live fulfilled lives.

We focussed on deafness and blindness.

As it happens, I am completely deaf in my left ear, so I am familiar with certain aspects of hearing loss although, in the right conditions, I can communicate perfectly well.

I know that the all encompassing requirement is to prevent people from feeling excluded or being surrounded by unnecessary barriers.

Some interesting problems and ideas were discussed. Low hanging branches along pavements are a problem for blind people, buses could benefit from audio announcements as bus stops are approached, sign language should be properly recognised and local authority signage should be improved.

These and other points are ones I will be pursuing either through local councils or, where necessary, in Westminster.

In Stroud we are very fortunate to have Five Valleys Sounds - Stroud's Talking Newspaper - and it is a great and, importantly, free service for blind people. I support this charity and even did a recording session from the local newspapers.

Providing this service makes a real difference to blind people as it directly enhances their quality of life.

As it happens, I next learnt about Acuity Design, a local firm specialising in using technology to create new products to improve the lives of everyone, 'whatever their age, cognitive or physical capacity'. This includes 'over lay' onto an iPad, allowing the combination of physical media and audio information. Three dimensional printing allows this to happen.

Combining a willingness to improve access for disabled people with emerging technologies will further improve our society.

If you would like to discuss the issues raised above, please contact me on 01453 751572 or visit my website -  www.neilcarmichael.co.uk. Now, you can also follow me on twitter @neil_mp.

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10:39am Wed 5 Sep 12

chrisrainbow says...

thats a laugh,is it not his party that are penalising the disabled by removing their benefits,causing 32 per week to DIE,not only that,but those that are capable of work,had their jobs removed and coupled with the fact that they are unable to claim the benefits they have paid for,will,no doubt be reflected in the ballot box,across the country we have soup kitchens and food banks springing up and today we hear that,for the first time in 93 years ,the charity SAVE THE CHILDREN are having to look after and feed our children,because parents cant afford to feed them.as for the poor disabled,being forced to work,because they have lost benefits,they would love to lead a normal life,but normal,these days means queing up at the soup kitchen and listen to this moron spouting his claptrap.i suggest that CARMICHAEL check his brain is in gear ,before setting his mouth into motion.there are a lot of us who have to decide to HEAT or EAT and we dont need to listen to this arrogant overinflated,egotist
ical,waste of space and his patronising patter.if your party want to help the disabled,then do your job and pay what they need,otherwise keep your mouth firmly buttoned.
thats a laugh,is it not his party that are penalising the disabled by removing their benefits,causing 32 per week to DIE,not only that,but those that are capable of work,had their jobs removed and coupled with the fact that they are unable to claim the benefits they have paid for,will,no doubt be reflected in the ballot box,across the country we have soup kitchens and food banks springing up and today we hear that,for the first time in 93 years ,the charity SAVE THE CHILDREN are having to look after and feed our children,because parents cant afford to feed them.as for the poor disabled,being forced to work,because they have lost benefits,they would love to lead a normal life,but normal,these days means queing up at the soup kitchen and listen to this moron spouting his claptrap.i suggest that CARMICHAEL check his brain is in gear ,before setting his mouth into motion.there are a lot of us who have to decide to HEAT or EAT and we dont need to listen to this arrogant overinflated,egotist ical,waste of space and his patronising patter.if your party want to help the disabled,then do your job and pay what they need,otherwise keep your mouth firmly buttoned. chrisrainbow
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