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Disabled Access Day
16th March 2019
What is Disabled Access Day?
In 2015 Disabled Access Day began as a day to celebrate good access and to create opportunities for people to try something new. The day was very much about highlighting the fantastic access that already exists in places, experiences such as going on a touch tour, enjoying a relaxed peformance, sensory experiences, signed events, level access and of course a warm welcome!
The Day was founded against the backdrop of wanting to make it easy for disabled people to try something new. Often these activities and experiences are hard to arrange or create a sense of anxiety and fear.
Our founder, Paul’s experience of wanting to try getting on a bus with his powerchair but not in the rush hour of a weekday service was the catalyst. He describes it as a day for focusing on creating opportunities for people to attend a series of organised events where they will receive a warm welcome, a chance to try something new and the memory of having done something different. He wants 2019’s events and experiences to have a legacy. Just like his telling the story of trying a bus for the first time.
Disabled People are encouraged having tried something new, or visited somewhere new, to share 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.
We’re asking disabled people, their friends and families for 2019 is simply “Try something new and send a review”