About Disabled Access DayMarch 8th, 2017
Disabled Access Day began in 2015 and was created to celebrate disabled access across the UK and to encourage people to try something new. The day is about looking at the efforts made to ensure facilities and places are accessible and highlighting those places that excel in accessibility. This year, Disabled Access Day will be held across three days from the 10th-12th March.
The day is possible thanks to sponsorship from Euan’s Guide. The guide provides a dedicated listing and reviews on venues with the opportunity for disabled people to read other people’s experiences and look at how accessible places are before visiting.
Kiki Macdonald, Co-founder of Euan’s Guide explained more; “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 are 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.”
There are many events taking place across the UK to mark Disabled Access Day. You can find events near to you on the Disabled Access Day website – https://www.disabledaccessday.com/whats-on/
The point of the day is to encourage disabled people to visit somewhere new. This could be anywhere; a cinema, museum, park, café or restaurant, take your pick! Over 200 venues have got involved in the day, to show how accessible their site is and provide a safe and fun environment for anyone with a disability.
The staff at CFG Law recently took part in a ‘Wheels at Work’ day to raise money for Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research. The day saw staff spending time during their working day in a wheelchair and participating in a range of activities and mini functional assessments.
The assessments were designed to highlight how accessible the offices are and how everyday tasks could be carried out. These included accessing the building, signing in, hanging up their coats and negotiating the kitchen area to make a hot drink.
Claire Cully, Trainee Solicitor at CFG law who took part in the day commented, “The mini assessments really made you consider everyday tasks you don’t think twice about doing and how difficult these things would be if you suddenly found yourself in a wheelchair. Simple things like carrying a cup of coffee back to your desk become an issue and make you appreciate how even the small mundane tasks you carry out are affected.”
Thinking about these difficulties, despite the offices at CFG Law being fully accessible for disabled people, highlighted some of the problems people may face in venues that are not so accessible.
CFG law welcome Disabled Access Day to help awareness of everyday issues faced by people with all disabilities. The day should encourage people to think about how accessible their own facilities are and make changes with disabled people in mind.