Two weeks to tackle transport discrimination

Have you experienced discrimination when trying to access public transport? Have you been trated like a second class citizen when you have tried to use a train or bus? Have you been told there are no accessible toilets on the train, in the stations?

If you have… I am sure you would have liked to get proper justice! but many people can’t afford the legal fees.

The #transportjustice project would tackle this problems by having solicitors to help local disabled people for free

HOWEVER, they need to raise £10,000 to pay the solicitors – they already have £6500 in two weeks, but if they can’t raise £3500 more by the 28th September, they don’t get anything!

This will mean that all the disabled people who would have benefited from the funding, will not be able to… and disabled people will still be discriminated against when trying to use public transport.

If you, or your friends/family, can afford to donate a small amount – go to https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/fight-disability-discrimination/

Whether you can make a financial contribution or not, please share the information with as many other people as possible – in person, over the phone, via social media (using #transportjustice )or any other way you can think!

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Advocacy Project Newsletter and Choir

Colleagues at the Advocacy Project, a service for people with Learning Disabilities and/or Mental Health issues, have let us know about the Advocacy project Service user newsletter (external PDF).

This can also be found on their website: https://www.advocacyproject.org.uk/news/welcome-to-our-service-user-newsletter/.

They’ve also established a local choir to address social isolation and increase wellbeing.  It’s open to everyone.  It’s pop up in nature and will rehearse in different places and at different times so that they’re as inclusive as possible.  their first performance is on 5th December and they’re singing at the 5k Santa in the City run  (2000 runners in Santa suits!).  There’s more info on this link: https://www.advocacyproject.org.uk/the-advocacyproject-choir/.

If you want further information about these, please contact the Advocacy Project directly.

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Accessible theatre performance – Kiln.

We received information that the Kiln Theatre will hold two “accessible” performance of their play – called “Holy Sh!t” .  There will be an Audio Described version on 25th September, and a Captioned (subtitled) version on 2nd October.

For more information about the productions / to book, please contact them directly or visit the Kiln Theatre’s website:  https://kilntheatre.com/whats-on/holy-sh/  .

Disclaimer: the above is for INFORMATION ONLY. ADKC has no dealings with the Kiln Theatre and this posting should not be taken as a recommendation by ADKC. NOTE: Personal Assistants / Carers are charged the full cost of a regular ticket.

 

 

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Meeting changes Autumn 18

There are a few meeting changes this Autumn.

The Chess and Scrabble club will change to the LAST  TUESDAY afternoon (2-4) of each month and will start up again in October 2018.    However, there will be NO chess and scrabble club in September or December 2018.

The Independent Living Surgery will run on the FIRST WEDNESDAY morning (11-1) of each month.  There will be NO Independent Living Surgery in January 2019.

The Personal Budget User Group will run on the THIRD WEDNESDAY morning (11-1) of each month and will start up again on 17th October 2018. There is NO PB user group meeting this month (September).

Our events page  gives details of all planned meetings.

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ADKC Courses in Autumn 2018

NEW COURSES (Autumn / Winter 2018)

  • Our “Unlocking Your Full Potential” Course will run every FRIDAY from 28th September to 9th November 2018. See our Unlocking Your Full Potential flyer
  • Our ESOL course will run every WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY from 19th September to 13th December 2018. See our Esol Course Flyer 2018
  • Our Breathing and Relaxation Course will be run every TUESDAY from 8th January to 12th February 2019. See our Breathing and Relaxation Course flyer

Upcoming Courses (TO BE CONFIRMED)

It is hoped that our Peer Support Course will run every MONDAY from 29th October to 3rd December 2018 – but this is still to be confirmed  See our Peer Support Course Flyer

An IT course (hopefully in January)

For more information, or to book your place, please contact Martha Issa on 020 8960 8888 / or email lifelonglearning@adkc.org.uk

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Crowd funding for legal cases

Our colleagues have ask us to share information about their crowdfunding campaign to help more disabled people take court cases against public transport providers who discriminate against disabled people. This is what they say about their latest campaign:

Dear Colleagues,

I am emailing you as our DDPO Legal Network members to let you know about an important initiative from Disability Justice Project.

We are raising money to fund and organise support to enable Disabled people to bring court cases about discrimination on public transport.  We very much hope you can support this important campaign.

It is left to Disabled people to enforce our rights under the Equality Act 2010 and we know how difficult and risky it is for many of us to take public transport providers to court.

This is why today we are launching the #TransportJustice campaign and a crowd funding appeal to raise money to pay for legal costs, court fees and insurance to enable Disabled people to get legal advice and representation in cases which have potential to change policy or practice.

The appeal is available at:

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/fight-disability-discrimination

We know what we set out to do is not easy and any support that you can give us will make a huge difference.

Here are some things you can do:

  • Share the appeal on social media,
  • Encourage your colleagues, friends and supporters to donate,
  • Encourage your colleagues, members and supporters to take part in the social media campaign by sharing their experience of traveling on public transport using hashtag #TransportJustice.

If you are interested, I’d be happy to give more information about how the fund will work.

Best wishes,

Svetlana Kotova

Disability Justice Project Co-ordinator

Inclusion London

336 Brixton Road, London, SW9 7AA

Tel: 020 7237 3181, office SMS: 0771 839 4687

svetlana.kotova@inclusionlondon.org.uk

www.inclusionlondon.org.uk    

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Goodbye from Simone….

Many of you will already know that Simone, our Disability Connect project officer, has moved on to pastures new! This is her goodbye message that will go out in the newsletter…

Hi everyone

By the time you will receive this newsletter I would have left ADKC after 10 years of and working in four different projects, to start a new job.  I have really enjoyed my time here at ADKC and it has been a real pleasure to work and meet with you all.  I have learned so much at ADKC and am thankful to have been given so many varied opportunities in one organisation.  I would like to thank you for all your support at ADKC in particular when I was the Consultation Officer and would constantly call to invite you to the various consultations I used to run here.

I would also like to wish all the Disability Connect clients all the very best and truly hope that you get to fulfil all your dreams and goals.

Best wishes to you all,

Simone

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Meetup at the V&A -10th Sept.

Kensington and Chelsea Meet Up invite you to Get together at The V&A

On Monday, September 10, 2018  at Victoria & Albert Museum, Main Entrance, Cromwell Road, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 2RL

Let’s explore some free exhibitions the museum has to offer. Free coffee afterwards! Bring some money if you wish to buy any sandwiches, snacks or gifts. We hope to see you there!

Open to members of ADKC and SMART

To find out more and sign up, please go to https://www.meetup.com/Kensington-and-Chelsea-Meet-Up/

If you’d like some support to get online and sign up, please talk to Martha at ADKC 020 8960 8888

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Patient transport survey

ADKC has been asked to share Transport for All’s survey on your experiences of Patient Transport services…. this is what they have to say. The link to the survey is at the bottom.

Transport for All is looking for evidence from Disabled and older Londoners who use patient transport, following concerns about the eligibility criteria.

OurAdvice Line recently received many calls from Disabled and older people being denied patient transport services by the Royal Free Hospital despite having a genuine need for it. In some cases, people have been denied this vital NHS funded transport for their appointments despite previously being eligible in the past.

We are concerned that patients are not being asked the right questions when applying for patient transport and that the phone assessment process is not being carried out fairly. We believe this leads to Disabled and older people being refused access that they are truly in need of and we want to know whether this practice is happening at other hospitals across London.

Take action – respond to our survey

Transport for All is looking for Disabled and older people who have booked, or tried to book, patient transport within London in the last year to complete a short survey about their experience with arranging patient transport.

Does this sound like you? If so we’d like to hear about your experiences, whether you were refused this service or not.

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. By responding you will help us gain a better understanding of the problem and allow us to gather testimonies to persuade hospitals to improve their patient transport services.

The deadline to respond is: 31st August 2018

Click here to respond the survey.

Alternatively, please contact us if you would like printed copies of the survey or respond it over the phone:

Please do not hesitate to share this survey/information with anyone who may have used patient transport in London in the past year. We are also happy to send you copies of the survey for your local group/organisation.

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New email scam warning

ADKC has been alerted to a new email scam that is going around – DO NOT RESPOND TO IT as it is a scam!

The email contains your password (from a previous security breach) and asks you to pay a huge ransom to stop images of you watching pornography from being released to some of your contacts. This is TOTALLY UNTRUE. It is just a scam to make you pay money to a criminal.

Action Fraud is an organisation run by the police that investigates fraud… this is what their website says about this scam (although the wording that we have seen is a bit different from that below).

Cyber criminals are sending victims their own passwords in an attempt to trick them into believing they have been filmed on their computer watching porn and demanding payment. 
There have been over 110 of reports made to Action Fraud from concerned victims who have received these scary emails.
In a new twist not seen before by Action Fraud, the emails contain the victim’s own password in the subject line. Action Fraud has contacted several victims to verify this information, who have confirmed that these passwords are genuine and recent.
The emails demand payment in Bitcoin and claim that the victim has been filmed on their computer watching porn.

An example email reads;

I’m aware, XXXXXX is your password. You don’t know me and you’re probably thinking why you are getting this mail, right? 
Well, I actually placed a malware on the adult video clips (porno) web site and guess what, you visited this website to experience fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching video clips, your internet browser started out working as a RDP (Remote Desktop) with a key logger which gave me access to your display screen as well as web camera. Just after that, my software program gathered every one of your contacts from your Messenger, Facebook, and email. 
What did I do?
I made a double-screen video. First part shows the video you were watching (you have a nice taste omg), and 2nd part displays the recording of your webcam. 
Exactly what should you do?
Well, I believe, $2900 is a fair price tag for our little secret. You’ll make the payment by Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google). 
BTC Address: 1HpXtDRumKRhaFTXXXXXXXXXX
(It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it)
Important:
You now have one day to make the payment. (I have a special pixel within this email message, and now I know that you have read this e mail). If I do not receive the BitCoins, I will definately send out your video recording to all of your contacts including close relatives, co-workers, and many others. Nevertheless, if I receive the payment, I’ll destroy the video immidiately. If you need evidence, reply with “Yes!” and I will send your video to your 10 friends. It is a non-negotiable offer, therefore do not waste my time and yours by responding to this message.

Suspected data breach

Action Fraud suspects that the fraudsters may have gained victim’s passwords from an old data breach.
After running some of the victim’s email addresses through ‘Have i been pwned?’, a website that allows people to check if their account has been compromised in a data breach, Action Fraud found that almost all of the accounts were at risk.
Last month, fraudsters were also sending emails demanding payment in Bitcoin, using WannaCry as a hook.

How to protect yourself

  • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: paying only highlights that you’re vulnerable and that you may be targeted again. The police advise that you do not pay criminals.
  • Secure it: Change your password immediately and reset it on any other accounts you’ve used the same one for. Always use a strong and separate password. Whenever possible, enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA).
  • Do not email the fraudsters back.
  • Always update your anti-virus software and operating systems regularly.
  • Cover your webcam when not in use.
  • If you have receive one of these emails and paid the fine, report it to your local police force. If you have not paid, report it as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud.

 

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