TPAS Cymru Disability Network
The TPAS Cymru Disability Networks are held twice a year in north and south. The network provides an opportunity for disabled tenants, or tenants who have an interest in disability issues, carers, and staff to get together, share good practice and lessons learnt about their Disability Groups and outcomes achieved.
The latest Disability Network was held in Swansea on 30 November and 29 tenants and members of staff from across south Wales attended. Ruth Nortey from Disability Wales and Martyn Jones from Tai Pawb attended the network and gave the latest information about consultations, policies and issues relevant to people with disabilities in Wales.
Public transport was one of the topics discussed and attendees gave some examples of taxis ignoring disabled people, taxis not allowing guide dogs to travel and instances of wheelchairs were not being secured in taxis. There will be a Welsh Government consultation on its proposals for the reform of taxi and PHV licensing so that there will be consistency across the whole of Wales in the future. Disability Wales are still looking for examples of issues disabled people face when using taxis and PHVehicles.
There was a very interesting networking session in the afternoon, when each social landlord was able to give an update on what their disability groups were doing and the difference their work had made. Some really useful 'Top Tips' were shared.
Look out for the next Disability Network in north and south Wales in the late Spring.