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Railtrack partnership with disability charity will help disabled people on all points


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Railtrack partnership with disability charity will help disabled people on all points
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date
9 July 1997
source Railtrack plc
type Press release



RADAR (The Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation) is delighted to announce a new partnership with Railtrack to improve the quality of life for Britain's 6.9 million disabled people. The partnership aims to provide accessible Railtrack stations up and down the country and in conjunction, provides a generous package of sponsorship and backing for RADAR's information work plus advocacy and employment initiatives for disabled people.

Railtrack has commissioned RADAR Promotions Ltd (RPL) to carry out Access Audits on 150 Railtrack stations across the country. The Access Audits will not only seek to ensure that station concourses, platforms and facilities such as ticket offices are accessible, but also that train information is available in different, accessible formats. The Audits will also be making recommendations to make edges of platforms and steps colour coded for visually impaired and blind people. RADAR believes that by creating full access to the train system disabled people will have greater independence to find and retain jobs and to do many of the social and daily activities which non-disabled people take for granted.

Railtrack have also generously donated 100,000 to support RADAR's work, as part of their commitment to creating greater opportunities and access for disabled people. Railtrack's support will boost RADAR's work in three key areas - information, advocacy and providing employment opportunities for young disabled people.

Railtrack's support will:

o Sponsor an Information Officer for our busy team
o Sponsor a Community Action Pack providing information and training for local disability groups on the Disability Discrimination Act 1995
o Back RADAR's nationwide series of 'Opportunity Days' offering careers advice and employment opportunities for disabled school leavers

Information is vital for disabled people's independence. RADAR's Information Team runs a telephone hotline service which gives advice and information on a whole range of issues including benefit rights, housing, adaptations, equipment, social services, education and employment, accessible holiday and leisure venues. Last year, the Team answered 20,000 calls. Railtrack's sponsorship of an Information Officer will mean RADAR can help more disabled people, their families or carers and other disability organisations to get vital information needed to enhance their daily lives.

Railtrack's support will allow RADAR to produce a Community Action Pack which will provide information and training to local disability groups on the Disability Discrimination Act. This Act, although limited, provides some rights for disabled people in the areas of employment, recruitment, access to goods and services and transport. By providing training to local groups, more disabled people will have access to information on those rights.

Finally, RADAR can launch a nationwide initiative aimed at helping young disabled people into the workplace. A series of Opportunity Days will be held across the country for disabled school leavers and those seeking training and employment. The Career's Days will provide not only information on the current availability of courses and training but will also establish links with local and national businesses to provide workplace training and employment.

Paul Amadi, RADAR's Head of Fundraising, said: "We are thrilled with this partnership. Britain's disabled people will now have improved access to transport, to information and to employment opportunities. It's a marvellous package".


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