In an ideal world, Disabled Access Day would technically be every day; society would be step-free and barrier-free for everyone, all of the time. But we are not there yet and, until a day of total inclusion arrives, Disabled Access Day is here to showcase what can really be done when we strive for that reality.
For those who may not have heard of #AccessDay and are wondering what it’s all about – it takes place in March and is in its third year.
The idea came from Paul Ralph, a powerchair user who lives in Edinburgh and was the outcome of his going along to a ‘try it out’ day at his local bus company. He had the chance to explore a stationary bus – a great opportunity for him to try something new. Chatting with friends afterwards, he thought it would be great to have similar opportunities and experiences available for disabled people happening across the UK all at the same time, but without the same amount of pressure that can often surround accessibility today.
Now three years on, Disabled Access Day keeps growing with over 1,000 places doing something and more than 10,000 disabled people and their friends getting involved in the spirit of ‘you and somewhere new’.
Want to get involved? With the weekend (10th-12th March) looming ever near, here are just a few tips to make your #AccessDay a roaring success:
Play to your strengths
Do you have a great exhibition space that could be used by local access groups or disability awareness organisations for Disabled Access Day? Perhaps you have brilliantly trained staff who could lead audio described tours, or connections with an interpreter for BSL tours. Whatever your strengths may be in terms of access and inclusion, use them! And make sure you encourage visitors to provide feedback on their day!
Don’t be scared of self-promotion!
If you are putting on a great event for Disabled Access Day, don’t forget to let everyone know about it! Many venues are well-known for often providing great accessibility and facilities to disabled visitors, but they don’t shout loudly enough about it! Here is your encouragement to showcase yourselves from the rooftops. Use your social media platforms, local magazines and newspapers might be interested in doing a story on #AccessDay, and if you have any well-known disabled people living in your area get in touch with them! They might just be happy to push out the event to their followers, or even join you on the day! Disabled Access Day also has a long-term goal: to widen the audiences for inclusive venues all over the UK and further afield!
Take a look at some Case Studies
Still looking for advice, tips and inspiration for Disabled Access Day 2017? Head over to the Case Studies page, where plenty of stories have been told! https://www.disabledaccessday.com/news/?page=1&tag=case+studies
Access and inclusion should automatically be integrated into our everyday lives, and your help can make that happen.
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