!!Today is Disabled Access Day!!
Think back to the last time you tried something new.
We all have times where we feel nervous. When we don’t know how something works. When we don’t know how people will react. Whether we will receive support.
However, having a disability can make doing every day activities which the majority of us take for granted more difficult or even sometimes impossible. For example, driving a car, catching public transport, participating in sport, being able to make it to the supermarket to do your weekly shop, to remember why you went there, cooking a meal, going out for dinner, watching a film, attending the local coffee shop and socialising generally.
Participating in and accessing activities can be overwhelming when there are limitations and the circumstances are new. Just remember back to the last time you tried something you were unsure of for the first time.
A common issue for individuals who have acquired a disability following serious injury is finding way to access the community. However, this can have a psychosocial impact in terms of isolation, a decrease in confidence and low mood.
One of the focuses of rehabilitation following acquired injury is to assist individuals in finding new ways to access the community.
Today is Disabled Access Day, started in 2015 is a day where individuals with a disability are encouraged to try something new. It’s about creating opportunities for disabled people to try something new in an atmosphere of cooperation, safety and fun.
The idea came from its founder, Paul Ralph, a powerchair user, who was invited to a “try it out day” with his local bus company. Prior to this, Paul had not used the bus network in his hometown as he was unsure how the ramp operated, how ticketing worked and if his powerchair would fit.
The day involved a demonstration and provided attendees with an opportunity to familiarise themselves with using the bus service and staff of the bus company provided explanations of the accessibility of buses.
Paul is now a frequent user of the bus service.
The aims of Disabled Access Day are to encourage those with a disability and their families, friends and carers to try something new, to increase confidence in exploring new places in a welcoming setting, to highlight accessible venues across the UK, to gives venues an opportunity to refresh their staff training and focus on disabled access, to educate the wider public on the access issues faced by people with a disability, to raise awareness of disabled access and to give venues and opportunity to showcase their services and facilities and enable them to reflect on how they can improve.
The day was a success in 2015 with 1,000 disabled people and their families, friends and carers trying something new, feedback demonstrated that participants had gained the confidence to try somewhere new, 261 venues to part, venues were able to increase their staff’s awareness of disabilities and the day achieve an increase in general public awareness.
And this year its back, for a list of event that are going on in your area head over to
What will you try that’s new?
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