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Success for Disabled Access Day

Posted in General News on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

A report has recently been released following this year’s Disabled Access Day, which took place on 12th March, which has shown that almost 11,000 people took advantage of the day’s offers.

This is the events second year, and this time around Disabled Access Day has proven itself to be four times bigger with exactly 1,067 venues having got involved, 270 of which were independent. The event invites disabled people to visit somewhere new and it also gives these places a chance to show how accessible they are, try something fresh themselves and connect with customers.

The report also revealed that 70% of the venues that were part of the day thought that their understanding of the needs of disabled people and their awareness of how to be as accessible as possible had developed as a result of their involvement. This is one of the reasons why the organisers and campaigners for Disabled Access Day hope more venues will take the opportunity to get involved next year. An encouraging statistic for the event’s organisers though is that 65% of the customers participated in the event visited a venue they had never been to before.

Next year’s event will take place from 10th-12th March. For more information on Disabled Access Day 2017, or to download the full report of this year’s event visit www.disabledaccessday.com  

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Carole Nowell

Thursday, May, 5th, 2016

Whilst I applaud the idea behind this, it's a common frustration that before we can plan a day out we have to check whether our destination is "accessible"! My husband uses a powerchair and I have recently acquired a Luggie scooter (my ground clearance is therefore very low!) so we have to be very, very careful where we can go. Especially in this day and age, when houses and gardens are closed for the winter season, surely part of their planning should be making sure they insert accessibility as much as possible. There are so many wonderful advances in technology these days - steps that before a lift, tarmacing paths instead of shingle, etc - to make accessibility easier. I realise that properties like Harewood House (our nearest "visitable" property, can't just install lifts into its house, of course there are limitations. But my husband was a volunteer room guide - he used a stick - and he was well liked by the tourists. However, the "proper" (their name for themselves) guides objected to him because he was disabled! (He is dyslexic, so he used to read, albeit slowly, all about the house and all the rooms - that is possibly why he knew more than the "paid" guides! Pride in his job, even though he was a volunteer!!) Can you believe that in this day and age? and as a result, at the end of the season he was told he was no longer required!! We have never been back there. So much for tolerance towards the disabled!!!!