This week Muscular Dystrophy UK Trailblazers held an All-Party Parliamentary Group meeting for Young Disabled People in the House of Lords. The meeting was chaired by Heidi Allen MP and was focused on transport issues. The findings from the discussion will be submitted as a response to the Department for Transport’s Accessibility Action Plan Consultation: A Transport System that is open to everyone (August 2017). Several Trailblazers came to share their views including Chloe Timms, Emma Lines and Layla Harding. There were also multiple disability organisations representing their supporters such as Disability Rights UK, Royal National Institute for Blind People and Action for Kids.
The APPG saw many disability campaigners and organisations come together to put forward recommendations for transport issues including bus concessions and spontaneous travel. Everyone in attendance contributed their individual experiences of difficulties using public transport which made for a great dialogue. Heidi Allen mentioned several times that she was unaware of some of the specific issues raised and thanked the group for bringing them to her attention.
Trailblazers manager Lauren West said:
The APPG was a huge success as it brought together great individual campaigners and gave them the chance to work together to solve transport issues. MDUK will now be able to put in a really well informed response to the Consultation.
Disability Charities Consortium Policy Coordinator and Trailblazer Layla Harding told us:
The APPG felt really productive and that we would have strong cases with recommendations to put forward when responding to the consultation. Heidi Allen and Lord Shinkwin were strong in Chairing the group and all the round table members had valid contributions.
Trailblazers is Muscular Dystrophy UK’s young disabled campaigners network and are the secretariat for the APPG for Young Disabled People.
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