In an ideal world, Disabled Access Day would technically be every day; society would be step-free and barrier-free for everyone, all the time. But we are not there yet and until a day of total inclusion arrives, Disabled Access Day showcases what can really be done when we strive for that reality.
Museums have always proactively led by example and the team at Disabled Access Day would like independent museums and heritage sites to become involved this year. Disabled Access Day 2017 will take place 10 – 12 March and there are many ways to join in.
Tennis at Leeds Museum for Disabled Access Day
The idea for Disabled Access Day came from Paul Ralph, a powerchair user who lives in Edinburgh and it was the outcome of his going along to a ‘try it out’ day at his local bus company. He had the chance to explore a stationary bus – a great opportunity for him to try something new. Chatting with friends afterwards, he thought it would be great to have similar opportunities and experiences available for disabled people happening across the UK all at the same time, but without the same amount of pressure that can often surround accessibility today.
Now three years on, Disabled Access Day keeps growing with over 1,000 venues doing something and more than 10,000 disabled people and their friends getting involved in the spirit of ‘you and somewhere new’ so here are just a few tips to make your museum access day a roaring success!
Disabled Access Day keeps growing with over 1,000 venues doing something and more than 10,000 disabled people and their friends getting involved!
*Use your space
Do you have a great exhibition space that could be used by local access groups or disability awareness organisations for Disabled Access Day? Perhaps you have brilliantly trained staff who could lead audio described tours, or connections with an interpreter for BSL tours. Whatever your strengths may be in terms of access and inclusion, use them and make sure you encourage visitors to provide feedback on their day. A good list of handy resources for the event can be found here: Disabled Access Day Resources
*Don’t be scared of self-promotion!
If you are putting on a great event for Disabled Access Day, don’t forget to let everyone know about it. Museums and galleries are well-known for often providing great accessibility and facilities to disabled visitors, but often they don’t shout enough about it. You can also post an event listing on Euan’s Guide. More info in this click: Disabled Access Day Event Listings
Disabled Access Day 2017 will take place 10 – 12 March and there are many ways to become involved
Use your social media platforms and include the hashtag #AccessDay and you can follow news about the event on Twitter here: @Access_Day. Contact local magazines and newspapers, local disability groups or even any well-known disabled people living in your area -they might just be happy to push out the event to their followers, or even join you on the day.
*Take a look at some case studies for ideas
Still looking for advice, tips and inspiration for Disabled Access Day 2017? Head over to the Disabled Access Day Case Studies page, where plenty of stories have been told Disabled Access Day Case Studies
The team at Disabled Access Day can be contacted by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Other ways of contacting them can be found here: Contact or email team members directly here meet the team