Disabled Access Day – Saturday 16 March

//Disabled Access Day – Saturday 16 March
What is Disabled Access Day?

Disabled Access Day is a national day which began as a way to celebrate good access and create opportunities for people to try something new.

The day is very much about having fun and highlighting good experiences such as going on a touch tour, enjoying a relaxed performance, sensory experiences, signed events, level access and of course a warm welcome!

Disabled Access Day’s founder Paul Ralph wanted to make it easier for disabled people to be able to try new things that are otherwise difficult to arrange. It all started with his own story when he got a new power chair and wanted to try getting on a bus.

He was able to attend an open day at a bus depot where he received a warm welcome, and discovered that he could use a bus.

This made Paul think about what other activities and day to day things might be possible. Over time this simple idea turned into Disabled Access Day, which is now approaching its fourth event.

Get involved

For 2019, disabled people, their friends and families are asked to simply “try something new and send a review” by sharing their story so that others can follow.

A review on Euan’s Guide, a tweet on social media or a blog post all help to make it easier for others considering a similar visit or experience.

Often venues and organisations don’t shout enough about their existing accessibility. Disabled Access Day is an opportunity to showcase what you have!

Organisations are able to use the day as a focal point in many ways, such as raising staff awareness, reviewing existing accessibility and talking with visitors and people who use services about what works well.

Venues and places are being encouraged to run a bespoke event or experience to highlight their accessibility and inclusion.

Find out more about Disabled Access Day here: https://www.disabledaccessday.com/

Here at Forum Central, we want to hear about any plans our members and statutory partners have for Disabled Access Day 2019 so we can spread the word!

Let us know via hello@forumcentral.org.uk or call 0113 242 1321

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2019-01-29T15:50:19+00:00 24th January 2019|0 Comments

About the Author:

Sean Tunnicliffe
Sean is the communications Officer at Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and also deals with admin and office management. He enjoys the wide variety of his role which covers things like designing reports and documents, organising meetings, putting together ebulletins, writing blogs, updating the LOPF website and social media and making sure that the office never runs out of milk. He has worked in the third sector since 2001 first with Volition and then LOPF and is the longest serving member of the Forum Central team. Previous to this Sean had mainly worked in horticulture and also had a spell managing a newsagent shop.

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