Disabled Access Day has returned!

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Disabled Access Day has returned!

Disabled Access Day has returned!

Thousands of people to join in Disabled Access Day celebrations around the UK as events unfold across the weekend.

Thousands of disabled people, their families and friends are attending events all over the UK this March as part of the award-winning movement that promotes ‘you and somewhere new’. Disabled Access Day is celebrating its third year of encouraging people to try new things and will be held from the 10th-12th March 2017 at locations all around the country.

The event is the biggest celebration of its kind, building upon the successes of the previous two years. Venues taking part include museums, attractions and cafes among hundreds of other places in cities, towns and rural locations around Britain.

Those participating are demonstrating the astounding creativity that is possible in making the UK’s public places and spaces more accessible. In London, The Design Museum will be celebrating with a Sensory Trail featuring a tactile walkway around and within in the building. Also taking part, the Imperial War Museum is offering BSL-interpreted Gallery Talks and Live Audio Described Tours of their First World War Galleries.

Elsewhere there will be a touch tour at the Oriental Museum in Durham, and an autism-friendly early bird opening the following morning. Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh is leading a descriptive art tour of four contemporary art galleries in the city with audio description and portable hearing loops at each venue on the tour. Outdoors, Belfast Lough Sailability in Northern Ireland is encouraging disabled people to try something new on the water with activities and tours around the marina, followed by a celebratory BBQ.

Paul Ralph, Founder of Disabled Access Day said:

“Disabled Access Day is a movement that grew out of a simple conversation in Edinburgh and spread throughout Scotland and into communities beyond. I can’t explain how that felt, but I do know that so many disabled people joined in with the spirit of the day. It’s about creating opportunities for disabled people to try something new in an atmosphere of cooperation, safety and fun; and we hope that many people across the UK will join us and share their experiences.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:

“I pledged to be a Mayor for all Londoners, and will do all I can to make our city a more accessible and inclusive place. That’s why I’ve announced the biggest boost to step-free access on the Underground in the network's 153 year history, by investing an additional £200m over the next five years. I was proud to welcome the world’s first Global Disability Innovation Hub here in London, bringing together world-leading experts and communities to make discoveries that will change the lives of people with disabilities around the world.

“There is still more to be done, and I want London to be the most accessible city in the world - in work, travel, leisure, culture and sport. I’m delighted that many of our great city’s cultural gems and organisations are celebrating Disabled Access Day this weekend, creating opportunities for people to try something new.”

Sophie Christiansen CBE, Disabled Access Day Ambassador said:

“We have come so far with disabled access but still have a long way to go. The Paralympics showed the power of disability – we now need to spread it to the wider world.”

Powered by Euan’s Guide, the disabled access review website, the spirit of Disabled Access Day can be felt in the disabled access reviews and stories that follow the celebration. In previous years, disabled people shared the new experiences and discoveries in writing and photographs on Euan’s Guide, and it is anticipated that the legacy will be even greater this year.

Disabled people can sign up and search for events near them with their friends and families on the Disabled Access Day website. Follow #YouAndSomewhereNew and #AccessDay on Twitter for the latest updates.

Disabled Access Day is partnered with Barclays and supported by Gatwick Airport, inclusive cycle specialists Quest 88, and Able Magazine.


About Disabled Access Day

Taking place from 10th-12th March 2017, Disabled Access Day is all about You and Somewhere New. With hundreds of places holding events on the day, disabled people, their families and friends are encouraged to visit new places and try new activities over the weekend by discovering accessible museums, theatres, cafes, shops and more. They can also provide helpful feedback to participating venues about their accessibility by writing reviews on Euan’s Guide. Businesses and attractions, large and small are encouraged to take part in Disabled Access Day by registering an event at http://www.disabledaccessday.com/get-involved/

About Euan’s Guide

Disabled Access Day is powered by Euan’s Guide, the disabled access review website. The charity was created in 2013 by Euan MacDonald who is a powerchair user, and his sister Kiki. Euan was recently named in the Power 100, a list of the top most influential disabled people in Britain. Euan’s Guide asks disabled people, their families and friends to share their experiences and review disabled access at places they visit. The website aims to be a friendly, honest and empowering alternative to hours of web searching and phone calls before visiting somewhere new for the first time. There are now thousands of disabled access reviews and listings for places all over the UK and beyond on Euan’s Guide. For more information, visit: https://www.euansguide.com/