Transport Scotland Accessible Travel Conference – Thursday March 7

The Transport Scotland Accessible Travel Conference is being held on Thursday March 7 at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow.

The event celebrates the bravery, determination and ambitions of Scotland’s disabled people.

It showcases inspirational work by young disabled groups, offers insight into Scotland’s business community to make meaningful changes and seeks to offer each of the 275 invitees the opportunity of viewing accessibility through a new lens into what makes life very challenging for about 20 per cent of our population.

The conference asks one thing from its attendees – that when leaving – leave as a champion for Scotland’s aspirations on accessible travel, by enabling all its disabled citizens to travel with the same freedom, choice, dignity and opportunity as other citizens.

Michael Matheson Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity will open the event.

Guest speakers include Curt Holst, Barclays Bank who will discuss Accessibility and improved User Experience for all.

Emily Yates, travel writer and accessibility consultant for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, will skype in from New York to talk about her experiences working with the transport systems in Rio de Janeiro, from adapting architectural blueprints and modernising equipment, to running focus groups and training staff in disability awareness.

Emily will also discuss her work with Enhance the UK, and the importance of a cultural shift when advertising access and inclusion as a profitable business model rather than simply a kind or ethical thing to implement.

Scottish Youth Parliament representatives will discuss this year’s campaign, All Aboard, which aims ‘to improve young people’s experience of public transport in Scotland’, and focuses on three themes: Reducing Fares, Accessibility, and Bus Standards. This presentation by members of SYP (MSYPs) will outline the findings of their Scotland-wide consultation of young people’s views and experiences of public transport in Scotland, and discuss recommendations for improving this experience.

Michael Leeland, of Oovirt, will speak on the provision of information and how it is consumed are key elements of enabling accessibility and inclusion. Given the digital world we live in, why do so many people still not feel confident a location will be accessible for them after searching for information online? We will be discussing why this aspect of accessibility is important, some of the issues with finding it and what can be done to help improve the situation.

WPC Stephanie Rose, Sgt Fraser Robertson  and Megan Milligan, of Police Scotland and the British Transport Police, will introduce the topic of hate crime and the ongoing work by both organisations to tackle it. The presentation will also introduce I Am Me, a community charity that aims to change attitudes and behaviours so that disabled and vulnerable people feel safe in their communities. It will cover their work around ‘Keep Safe’ places and include a demonstration of their app along with Ambassador Training.

Sarah Asher, of Whizz-Kidz, is going to talk about the Whizz-Kidz Charity and their previous work with Transport teams in the UK and the positive impact that engaging with experts by experience can have on policy development and transport delivery.

Eilidh Gibb and Edward Maxfield are going to share their personal experiences as young wheelchair users accessing Scottish Public Transport, the good the bad and the hopeful! We hope to give attendees some food for thought and an insight, from lived experience, into what really helps people who use wheelchairs when travelling around Scotland

Please note that the tickets are being issued on a first come, first served basis and there are a limited number of tickets remaining, so to avoid disappointment, please book your place today using the link below and by clicking on the register button.