Saturday, 12 March 2016

Disabled Access Day

The first Disabled Access Day was held on Saturday 17th January 2015. It saw an amazing 261 venue taking place, spreading across 11 countries. Following on from this success the second event has been arranged for Saturday 12th March 2016, and it looks set to be bigger and better than last year.

Disabled Access Day was created when Paul Ralph, a power-chair user's local bus company held a 'try it out day'. Paul explained: ''Prior to this, I had not used the bus network in my home-town 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 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 was 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.''

Disabled Access Day is sponsored by Euan's Guide - which is a listing and review site that helps disabled people and their families know which venues are truly accessible.

Co-Founder of Euan's Guide, Kiki MacDonald explains: ''We were inspired by the idea of Disabled Access Day and the potential for it to increase the numbers of conversations between venues and disabled people, as well as to raise the profile of disabled access. We were delighted by the backing from many venues, organisations and businesses that got involved, in particular their appetite to improve their own accessibility and to get more feedback from disabled people.
The first Disabled Access Day was really a pilot, achieved with very little resources but lots of drive to improve disabled access, to showcase some of the good practice and to try out some new places! Given the limited resources the project had, we were blown away by the results, and hope that next time will be much, much bigger.''

Here at Mytton Fold, we are proud of our NAS (National Accessible Scheme) Level 2 Award. We have 3 fully accessible bedrooms which feature wet-room's. Our lounge bar and restaurant are both located on the ground floor and our reception desk has a lowed desk.

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