Try Something New For Disabled Access Day 2019

Paul Ralph, founder of Disabled Access Day, at Beamish Museum.
Paul Ralph, founder of Disabled Access Day, at Beamish Museum.

The award-winning movement, Disabled Access Day, is set to return on Saturday 16th March 2019 and AIM members can still signup to take part.

One in five people in the UK are disabled and have a collective spending power of around £250 billion.  Museums and attractions are being urged to make the most of Disabled Access Day and the accessible tourism market by ‘trying something new’ to welcome disabled visitors. You could try:

  • Design a fun or informative tour: a guide to the museum’s accessible features or facilities (e.g. fold-out chairs, wheelchair accessible routes, tactile displays), a touch tour or descriptive tour for visually impaired people. More ideas here.
  • Host an early bird opening or evening quiet hour with a relaxed environment outside of peak times. Some great info on how to plan an early bird opening here.
  • Have a go at creating a sensory backpack for your museum. Stuck for ideas for a museum backpack? Click here.
  • Celebrate the day by welcoming disabled visitors with a free or discounted entry.
  • Host a talk or Q&A session about the museum, its history and accessibility – maybe offer some tea and cake?
  • Promote your museum’s accessibility on social media / blog posts / newsletters and invite questions and encourage access reviews on Euan’s Guide for feedback. For some overall tips for museums – please click here.
  • Take a look at the really useful toolkits from History of Place as well. Click here.

Euan’s Guide, the UK’s top disabled access review website and the team behind Disabled Access Day, will be revealing the event line-up at the beginning of February. Among the places promoting their accessible tourism this March are football clubs, nature reserves, historic sites, theatres and more.

Paul Ralph, Founder of Disabled Access Day said: “I am delighted to see the interest in Disabled Access Day growing as more places are letting us know their plans for the day. This year promises to differ from previous years in that I want to focus on the importance to so many people of Changing Places Toilets. I want everyone to join in and be part of the day. I ask venues to show that they have a Changing Places Toilet, that they are near one, or they’re making a positive commitment to building one soon. I am encouraged by the creativity of this year’s hosts as we have everything from horse riding, palaces, gardens, walks and sailing. All in the spirit of Disabled Access Day and trying something new in an atmosphere of welcome, inclusion and having fun like everyone else.”

To add your event to the Disabled Access Day line-up, go to:

 Disabled Access Day

All participating venues will be asked to add their events and disabled access information to Euan’s Guide at:

 Euan’s Guide

 

Further Information

Take a look at the Disabled Access Day blog with some top tips for getting involved.

For more information please email disabledaccessday@euansguide.com

Follow Disabled Access Day: @Access_Day

Show your support: #AccessDay #YouAndSomewhereNew

About Disabled Access Day

In 2015 Disabled Access Day began as a day to celebrate good access and created opportunities for people to try something new. The day was about highlighting the fantastic access that already exists in places, such as touch tours, relaxed performances, sensory experiences, level access and of course a warm welcome! Disabled Access Day is now a biannual event that is celebrated by thousands of disabled people, their families and friends all over the UK and beyond.

 

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