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Manchester Met named a leading university for disabled people

04 April 2017
London, UK: Manchester Metropolitan University has become the first university to achieve the top ‘Gold’ status in Business Disability Forum’s Disability Standard since the assessment was introduced in 2004.
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Tokyo 2020 to publish accessibility guide for Paralympic games

03 April 2017
The organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics have released a guide designed to ensure the games are “accessible and inclusive for everyone” (Inside the Games)
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New Disability-smart blog from Diane Lightfoot

28 March 2017
In our latest blog post, CEO Diane Lightfoot discusses the latest report on reducing the disability employment gap by the Centre for Social Justice.
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Transport watchdog praises London councils for boosting accessibility

27 March 2017
TravelWatch says that 92% of London bus stops are now wheelchair-accessible, up from 41% in 2009 (Mayor Watch)
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Tottenham Hotspur are first football club to adopt ‘non-visible disability’ signs

23 March 2017
Following supermarket chains such as Asda, Tottenham Hotspur have added new toilet signs to raise awareness of non-visible disabilities (BBC Newsbeat)
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Scope and GSK launch new service to assist disabled people into work in West London

23 March 2017
The ‘Kickstart’ project from Scope and GSK will offer personalised 1-to-1 support and in-work support (Scope)
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Character with autism makes debut in Sesame Street

23 March 2017
Informed by lived experience and consultation with autism organisations, a character with autism will debut in the classic children’s show in April (US Magazine)
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Press release: Project offers new pathways to work for Camden residents with disabilities

16 March 2017
London, UK: Business Disability Forum has teamed up with the charity Cross River Partnership and a host of major employers for CamdenAbility, a new project offering career opportunities and support for Camden residents with disabilities and/or long term health conditions and who have been unemployed for longer than six months. 
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Guidance on creating accessible environments launched

14 March 2017
The Construction Industry Council have launched a new toolkit for designing inclusive and accessible environments (The Planner)
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Popularity of PDFs could be affecting accessibility

14 March 2017
Widespread use of file format prevents accessibility if not made compatible with screen readers (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)
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