Posts Tagged ‘disability access’

Disability Awareness Day This Sunday 12th July 2015

Monday, July 6th, 2015 by morethan

Disability Awareness Day (DAD), is Europe’s largest ‘not for profit’ voluntary-led disability exhibition. It is held annually in a huge tented village within the grounds Walton Hall Gardens in Warrington, Cheshire. In the past it has attracted over 27,000 visitors from across the region.

Visitors to the show will find over 250 exhibitors, equipment suppliers, transport, holidays, leisure, employment, support groups and services. PLUS a Sports Zone including Scuba diving, an Arts Marque and family entertainment. The show opens this Sunday 12th July at 10am and finishes at 5pm, and entry is FREE. The Royal Air Force spectacular scheduled for 1.10pm on Sunday is a must see.

The Aims of DAD

Disability Awareness Day has been around since 1992, and is an event which promotes a can do culture focussing on what disabled people can do throughout life and work.

The show has three main aims:

  • To highlight what statutory, private or voluntary services are available to enable disabled people to stay independent.
  • To promote equipment and aides that could maintain or improve independence, not just what is offered by statutory service providers, DAD want everyone to see the best and/or latest designs
  • To provide an opportunity to showcase what disabled people can do, in the field of Sport, Arts and Entertainment

The run-up to this year’s event has attracted local, regional and national media interest. Several highly recognised individuals are supporting this year’s event, World Champions and Paralympian’s are supporting the Sports Zone, and the Performing Arts Marque sees acts including Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists Urban Gypsies and BBC Autistic Super Stars Carly Ryan and Martin Finn.

There will be events happening throughout the week running up to the 12th so there will be plenty to do – click HERE for the events calendar.  If you are in the Cheshire area this weekend we recommend popping along as it will be a great day out for the whole family.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

Access Day Encourages Disabled People To Try New Adventures

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 by morethan

Disabled Access Day will be held for the first time on Saturday 17 January 2015, with the backing of the disabled-led website Euan’s Guide. The organisers want to encourage disabled people and their families and friends to visit somewhere they have never been before on 17 January, such as a sports centre, cinema or a tourist attraction.

Euan’s Guide is hoping to encourage venues, retailers and businesses to sign up as partners, and provide promotional offers to disabled people who register to take part. The aim of Disabled Access Day is to highlight the best accessible places in Britain.

Euan MacDonald, founder of Euan’s Guide and himself a wheelchair-user, said: “Many disabled people feel wary about visiting new places because it’s all too common to go somewhere new and find out that it hasn’t got the accessibility features promised on its website or marketing materials.

“Disabled Access Day is intended to promote good disabled access amongst businesses and to demonstrate the commercial power that the 11.6 million disabled people in the UK represent for big and small companies.

Here at More Than Mobility we encourage disabled people to get out and about, so we think that this is a great event and hope it turns into an ongoing initiative rather than just one day.