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Transport access for disabled ‘has gone backwards in places’

Young people with disabilities are being excluded from job opportunities and discouraged from using health and education services because transport facilities across the UK are not accessible enough, a charity has warned.

Hannah Cockroft is campaigning for better transport access for the disabled

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Young people with disabilities are being excluded from job opportunities and discouraged from using health and education services because transport facilities across the UK are not accessible enough, a charity has warned.

The majority of young disabled people do not feel they can travel as independently as they would like to, research by Whizz-Kidz found.

The momentum gained around better accessibility to public transport during the 2012 Paralympics has been lost, and in some cases problems are even worse, athlete Hannah Cockroft said.

The Paralympian and Whizz-Kidz patron said: “During the 2012 Paralympic Games, access and travel for wheelchair users was suddenly greatly improved and I had so many messages from people saying they could get to the stadium and venues on their own, there was easy access via transport and they felt confident getting out and about.

“Sadly though, this improvement didn’t last and reading about some of the experiences of wheelchair users in this report, it feels like things have gone backwards in places.”

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