A second survey request from Shaping Our Lives, this time about using technology during the pandemic.
Shaping Our Lives has been given some money from the National Lottery Community Fund to do research about the impacts of the Covid19 pandemic. This, their second survey, is about using technology for keeping in touch, having meetings and appointments during the Covid19 pandemic and lockdown.
During the Covid19 pandemic many appointments, meetings and leisure activities have taken place remotely. Shaping Our Lives want to find out if remote communication technology is a good way for you to take part or receive a service. Or, if remote ways of communicating are difficult or impossible for you to use.
Shaping Our Lives would be very grateful if you answer a short survey. This survey is only for d/Deaf and Disabled people. Disabled people are people with sensory, cognitive, neurodevelopmental conditions, learning disabilities or physical impairments, mental health issues and people with long term health conditions.
You will not be asked to give your name and all answers will be kept anonymous. What you and other people tell Shaping Our Lives will then be used to tell people in national and local government the support d/Deaf and Disabled people need to use remote communication technology and if it is suitable all the time.
Send an email to: information @shapingourlives.org.uk and we can send a Word version of the survey for you to complete.
Call Becki on 07956 424511 and do the survey over the telephone or by Zoom.
The survey will take about 15 minutes. There is no involvement payment offered for completing this survey. This is a different survey to the one Shaping Our Lives recently launched about the impact of Covid19 on Independent Living and we would like people to complete both surveys if possible.
Thank you for taking part and contributing to this research.
The project worked to help make museums open to all. An Access Panel learnt how to carry out Access Appraisals in museums and heritage buildings. They looked at all aspects of access in museums, from ramps to signage to exhibition design … and more.
Forging Our Future Access Panel
The Access Panel is part of Bristol Disability Equality Forum’s Forging Our Future project.
Forging Our Future is working in partnership with Bristol Museums Service. Members of the Panel will use their new skills to carry out Access Appraisals of some of Bristol’s flagship museums.
Forging Our Future is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and managed by Bristol Disability Equality Forum
On Friday 24th July it became law that people (shoppers, etc) must wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth – for example, a fabric covering, scarf or bandanna – in a lot more indoor places.
This is as well as washing our hands and being careful to social distance.
Where Do We Have to Wear a Face Covering?
Face Coverings must now be worn in:
when buying food and drink to take away from cafes and shops, and
public transport hubs e.g. indoor train stations and terminals, airports, sea and river ports, and indoor bus and coach stations or terminals.
We must also keep on wearing face coverings in hospitals and when we are travelling on public transport: trains, buses and coaches.
2. Where Don’t We Have to Wear a Face Covering?
You won’t have to wear a face covering in the following venues that have measures in place to protect staff and the public from COVID-19. These include:
hairdressers and close-contact services,
eat-in restaurants, cafes and pubs (but you will in cafes or take-away restaurants when you aren’t going to eating there),
entertainment venues, including cinemas, concert halls and theatres,
visitor attractions (such as heritage sites, art galleries or museums),
gyms and leisure centres,
dentists or opticians (but you do need to wear them in hospitals).
3. Who Doesn’t Have to Wear a Face Covering?
The new law doesn’t apply to children under the age of 11 or anyone who can prove their health or impairment[s] means they cannot wear a face covering. This includes people:
with impairments or health conditions that make it really difficult to breathe, or other conditions seriously affecting heart or lungs,
who can’t put on a face covering due to conditions affecting their ability to use their hands/arms (dexterity),
with a condition or impairment that means wearing or removing a face covering will cause severe distress,
with cognitive impairments, including learning difficulties and dementia, if they would not understand or remember the need to wear a face covering,
with vision impairments that include a restricted field of vision, that means they can only see at the lower edge of the normal field of view,
with any other impairments which would make it difficult to put on or take off a face covering safely, accurately, consistently or without pain,
travelling with, or being a support worker or carer to, someone who relies on lip reading to communicate.
But, people are going to get quite confused because the new law also doesn’t apply to shop or supermarket staff. The government do strongly recommend that employers think seriously about making their staff wear face coverings but the law doesn’t say they must.