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How accessible are DWP Assessment centres?

If you have sight loss (or other disabilities), BBC Wales would like to hear whether you have had problems accessing Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) assessment centres.

BBC Wales are aware of issues with people struggling to access PIP and ESA assessments because the buildings are not fully accessible. Examples include:

If you have experienced similar difficulties, BBC Wales would like to know what they were, and what the consequences were for you? For example, additional costs of getting to an assessment, or sanctions by the DWP for not turning up?

If you can help with this investigation, please contact Paul Heaney via email at, via Twitter @paulheaney67 or telephone 07860 592160.

Survey results show GP surgeries have low awareness of 'It Makes Sense' campaign

NHS Wales Centre for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) has carried out an online survey of GP surgeries to get their views on the working of the Accessible Information Standard. Disappointingly, 75% of the practices which responded had not heard of the 'It Makes Sense' campaign, and few of them had completed the e-learning module on sensory loss.

The 'It Makes Sense' campaign has key messages for patients with sensory loss, reminding them of their right under the Equality Act 2010 to have accessible communication and information whenever they need healthcare. Patients and the general public are encouraged to:

On a more positive note, 63% of respondents said that they had no difficulty in finding out the communication needs of their patients. It is recommended that the survey is carried out on an annual basis, and that the e-learning module is promoted more widely, To find out more and read the full report, click here.

Your Voice : A Shared Vision

WCB's next West Wales Regional Group will take place on Tuesday, 26th March at Carmarthen Bowling Club, The Green, St. Peter's Car Park, Carmarthen SA31 1QP from 11am - 2pm.

We will be joined by representatives from Hywel Dda Health Board who will be providing an update on changes to car parking arrangements at Glangwili and Prince Philip hospital. There will be a demonstration of the Orcam, a wearable smart device that can read text and recognise faces and there will be an opportunity to hear a talk from the West Wales Care Partnership, a group established to oversee the continued transformation and integration of health, social care and wellbeing services in the west Wales area.

If you would like to attend, please contact Bec at WCB on 029 2047 3954.

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