Next month sees the return of Disabled Access Day; Quingo Scooters explains what it’s all about and what you can do to in order to take part in this incredible day on March 12.
The first ever Disabled Access Day took place last year on January 17th. It was a hugely successful with 11 countries and 261 venues taking part. The day enjoyed massive media exposure and was a great success in spreading the word! This success was thanks to all those people who took part and who helped spread the word and encouraged venues, organisations and charities in their area to get involved.
This year the hope is even more of you will get involved and the day will continue to grow year in year out as organisations see greater interest.
What is it?
Disabled Access Day came about after Paul Ralph, a power chair user and Euan’s Guide supporter, went to a ‘try it out day’ at his local bus company:
“Prior to this, I had not used the bus network in my hometown because I was unsure how the ramp operated, how ticketing worked and if my power chair would fit. I attended a demonstration organised by the local bus company with the opportunity to explore a stationary bus. Extra staff were on hand to explain the process of getting on and off safely. There was ample time to become more familiar with the layout of the bus and with what you need to know as a wheelchair using passenger. I’m now a frequent bus user.
Chatting with friends, I thought how great it would be if there were similar initiatives, including some more informal events, happening across the country on one specific day. The idea of encouraging disabled people to also try something new that day appeared and out of it came the idea of Disabled Access Day.”
How can I take part?
It’s super simple. Just visit any participating venue that you may never have been to before.
Just enter the name of your town or post code and the nearest attractions to you will be listed.
Whether that’s a café, a museum, an art gallery or even a football stadium – somewhere you may have though was inaccessible to you in the past the choice is entirely yours!
Many attractions across the country are holding accessible guided tours in the hope of showing you just how easy it is to get about and explore what they have to offer, in the hope that you’ll visit again in the future!
There are also promotions from some of the biggest brands on the actual day itself, including offers from Café Nero, Barclays and Strada. So make sure you go and grab your complimentary hot drink from your nearest Café Nero on the 12th March! These chains are nationwide, but you can check on the website for your nearest branch and to find out what activities are going on nearer the time.
Where is it?
Everywhere! Events are being held up and down the country and various places. So no matter where you are, you can get involved! There are already nearly 100 venues taking part in Disabled Access Day 2016, and you can find out about the nearest places getting involved near you here. From arts centres and theatres to shopping centres and coffee shops – there’s loads of different things going on!
Who is it for?
Disabled Access Day is for all disabled people, their families & friends and their carers.
If you’re getting involved this year, we’d love to hear about it! Use our contact form to show us any snaps of your day or to share your Disabled Access Day story.
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