Disability action group from Blackburn is resurrected
11:54am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
A DISBANDED action group which campaigned for greater rights for disabled people has been resurrected.
The Blackburn with Darwen Disability Action Group effectively closed down in 2010 after participants were no longer able to run it.
Now, the Older People’s Forum (OPF) has decided to re-establish the group through its service to ensure that the voices of disabled people who live in the borough remain heard.
Brian Todd, chairman of the OPF, said he hoped to set up a meeting this month at the Mill Hill Community Centre.
He has called upon residents who had been involved in the group, as well as new members, to attend.
He recently hit out at the difficulties faced by disabled people accessing the Lloyds TSB bank on Astley Gate due to a lamppost and cobbles.
The group will discuss current issues relating to accessibility in the area and begin work to ensure appropriate access for those with both physical and sensory disabilities is provided.
The independent group had originally been set up in 2006 to monitor compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act.
Mr Todd said: “We have to ensure that reasonable access is provided in the town for all.
“This group will help urge people to consider disabled access when they make plans.”
Anyone interested in taking part in the group and attending the first meeting should contact the OPF on 01254 671379.
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