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A new art exhibition will highlight the experiences of travellers with disabilities

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National Rail has partnered with SCOPE, Stroke Association, The National Autistic Society and Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD) for an art exhibition designed to encourage travelling without boundaries.  

The exhibition, called No Boundaries, makes its debut at London Kings Cross Station this August and will then makes its way around some of Britain’s most well-known and busiest stations. 

The No Boundaries exhibition features work by artist and TV presenter, Sophie Morgan, who was left paralysed from the chest down after suffering a spinal cord injury from a car accident in 2003. 

Commenting on the exhibition, Sophie Morgan explains: “As a regular rail user, I have seen first-hand how the rail network has made efforts to improve accessibility.

“I think the concept of No Boundaries is a really powerful way of being able to encourage more people to talk to one other, and educate people about different disabilities and the support that is available, so that more people can travel freely on Britain’s railway. I am thrilled to be part of the exhibition”.

Applications are still open for anyone who has a disability and wishes to take part in the exhibition. Those who are successful will be taken on a rail journey across Britain and asked to create a piece of artwork inspired by their journey. 

Recruitment for the exhibition coincides with the launch of The Digital Disabled Persons Rail Card, which offers a third off rail fare for an individual and their companion and can be stored easily on a mobile phone. The new railcard also offers unbooked assistance providing more flexibility and convenience for traveling as previously, disabled passengers would have to book assistance at least 24 hours before their journey. 

Jyoti Bird, National Rail’s Marketing Director, explains: “We have teamed up with some great charities to generate awareness of the support that is available for disabled people and their friends and families.

“Not all disabilities are visible and there are still too many people who feel that they need to disguise their disability. Through this exhibition, we’re aiming to inspire people to travel, talk and support each other without boundaries.”

One of the key charities involved in the creation of the new exhbiiton is The National Autistic Society.  

A spokesperson from the charity, said: “We want to help more autistic people get the understanding and support they need and this exhibition is a wonderfully creative way to educate people about autism, which will help the charity’s efforts to show the public how they can make small changes to make the world a more autism-friendly place.”

A further 79 stations across the country are upgrading to join the 98 stations where you can currently use mobile tickets to travel, reducing the need for queuing at the ticket barriers.  

Anna Bird, Director of Policy and Research at disability charity Scope, another one of the charities involved in the creation of the exhibition said: “Public transport is a vital means for disabled people to get to work, see family, and engage in their local community.

“We’re pleased that the Rail Delivery Group is exploring ways to improve how the rail network and services work for disabled people.”

You can apply to be a part of the No boundaries Exhibition hereApplications close on 22nd June.  

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