What happened elsewhere
Over the Disabled Access Day weekend saw loads of events right up and down the country.
In Liverpool The Tate held an Audio Described Tour of one of our displays and we used the day as a prompt to remind all staff of their accessible resources and offer training if needed. This year Brighton and Hove Buses with Metrobus gave free travel on all our services to a travelling companion of concessionary disabled travel passes for all of the weekend. They also joined up with Brighton Dome supporting their access event with other organisations had an information table. They knew that there were over a thousand journeys made over the weekend. Brighton Dome told us that the impact meant we have now connected with other local organisations like Brighton and Hove, an example of how the weekend can used to make connections in your area.
The Bevan Trust celebrating Access day at Duke of York’s, Brighton.
In Wales the Welsh Assembly there was an autism friendly tour of the Senedd that a group from Sense based Crymu thoroughly enjoyed! In Sandbach, Cheshire Disabled People’s 1nclu5ive put on various events at the town market hall, in a local community centre and an accessible dog walk at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve!
In Newcastle the Newcastle Disability Forum put on a fantastic open day at Newcastle Central Station to showcase the work that the do with partner organisations to promote disabled access. It was a great success and local hero and former England Captain Alan Sheerer joined in with the fun.
Our founder Paul Ralph went somewhere new, the Beamish Museum and this is what he had to say about it:
"When we arrived we were stunned to see so many cars in the accessible parking area, and folk walking and wheeling to the main entrance. Standing in the queue we came across the welcome sign and they'd written up what they were doing for Disabled Access Day. Big excitement!
The various 'in costume' characters and guides were welcoming, friendly and loved to chat, as did we! Ian had a great time; as from his perspective the visit was made easy by clear signage and having guides tell the verbal story, no reading little signs and boards here! He took some persuading that it was time to leave!!!
We loved it and plan to go back.” And, of course the many other places across the country took part this year.
Paul reading Beamish Museum’s Accessibility Guide.