Disabled Access Day first came about in 2015 in order to celebrate access and opportunities for all, regardless of physical or mental ability. Sponsored by Euan’s Guide, a review site that makes it easy to know which venues are accessible, the day celebrates the fantastic access that already exists and lets those with disabilities try something new.
Kiki MacDonald, Co-Founder of Euan’s Guide, explains: “We were inspired by the idea of Disabled Access Day and the potential for it to increase the numbers of conversations between venues and disabled people, as well as to raise the profile of disabled access. We were delighted by the backing from many venues, organisations and businesses that got involved, in particular their appetite to improve their own accessibility and to get more feedback from disabled people.”
Due to popular demand, the event has been extended to three days for 2017. It will run from 10 March to 12 March in hub cities across the UK including London, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Manchester, and Brighton.
Brightonians and their carers making a day-trip London can enjoy a visit to the SouthBank Centre, Barbican, and Churchill War Rooms among other great attractions. The HMS Belfast and Cutty Sark will also be opening their doors to keen seafarers of all ages and abilities. For those who prefer to stay in town, here’s what’s going to be on in Brighton.
10 March – Screenings @ The Duke of York’s Picturehouse
The UKs longest running cinema The Duke of York’s Picturehouse at Preston Circus, Brighton have teamed up with Sussex charity The Bevern Trust to celebrate Disabled Access Day and encourage more disabled people to visit the cinema on Friday 10th March at 3pm.
The Duke of York’s are offering one free bag of small popcorn to every ticketholder for Disney’s Moana on Friday 10th March at 3pm, as part of the Cinema’s Disability Access Day initiative.
For many disabled people and their carers, going to the cinema can be difficult. But with adjusted lighting, appropriate volume for those with sensory needs, and, crucially no stairs to navigate wheelchairs on the ground floor, The Duke of York’s reach out to people who may have a physical or mental disability by regularly screening non-exclusive ‘All-Welcome’ films.
10 March – 12 March – Free Tours @ The Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival
Brighton Dome will be celebrating Disabled Access Day by offering free tours and information about its iconic Grade I-listed heritage venues.
Places on the tours are very limited so advance booking is essential. To reserve a ticket email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visitors can also learn about the Dome and Festival’s programme of assisted performances and events, including British Sign Language -interpretation; captioned performances; audio description; touch tours; and relaxed performances.
The Café-bar will be open, and visitors can find out about the services of other local organisations, including Carousel and Possability People.
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For more information on Disabled Access Day, visit the event’s website.