Disabled Access Day 2016 at Eureka!

museums & galleries, 2016, guest blog, West Yorkshire, England

Disabled Access Day 2016 at Eureka!

Trizia is the Inclusion Manager at Eurkea! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax, earlier this year they took part in Disabled Access Day and are already busy making plans for next year’s event. The museum has been recognised and awarded for its accessibility, find out more about some of the services and facilities that they offer below.

"Here at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, we’ve taken to heart the message of Disabled Access Day and really want to try something new to celebrate this national day in 2016. It’s a challenge we’re taking seriously – the idea of wheelchair dancing currently has us really excited - but whatever we come up with, we always try and make sure that every day is Disabled Access Day at Eureka!

We like new stuff – since we began our inclusion programme Access All Areas back in 2011, we’ve tried out loads of new ideas. The following are ones that have been so successful, they’re now part of our Access All Areas inclusion programme.

There’s our Extra Pair of Hands service which provides a trained member of staff- we call them Enablers - to help families of disabled children plan their visit, meet and greet them at the door when they arrive, and stay with them for two hours after that, making sure that they all have a fantastic time at Eureka!

Another new initiative was inviting a group of children from a local special school to take over the museum for a day on Kids Takeover Day. Everyone had such a great time, we’re doing it again this year!

Our Volunteerability Scheme is another project which started out in 2013 as a one-off venture to involve older people with complex disabilities in the running of our museum. We now welcome 6 young adults and their carers onto our team for a work experience placement every year.

Also new in 2013 we ran a photo shoot with disabled children and their families. Every visitor can now see those families’ images in our latest gallery, All About Me – and some of them came back earlier this year to help us make a film about Eureka! which you can see on our website.

Between now and March next year, I’ll tell you more about these and other new things that we’ve tried. Some have worked better than anticipated – and others haven’t - but we’ve enjoyed having a go at new experiences. And surely that’s the great thing about Disabled Access Day – for both host venues and visitors – give it a go! Eureka! are up for the challenge – are you?!"