In order to support Disabled Access Day this Saturday 17 January, The British Polio Fellowship is encouraging its members to visit a place they’ve never been before in order to promote accessibility at restaurants, venues and attractions across the UK. The charity, which is the leading voice for people suffering from the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS), believe the event is a great initiative which raises awareness of issues facing people suffering from disabilities.
“Many of the charity’s members are disabled as the result of Polio, whilst the onset of PPS in later life can further affect people’s strength and movement and leave them consigned to a wheelchair or with other mobility issues,” said Ted Hill MBE, CEO of The British Polio Fellowship. “Disabled Access Day is a fantastic idea that encourages businesses to think about how they can improve access for people that suffer from disabilities, whilst at the same time it encourages people to go somewhere new and we want our members to be involved.”
The initiative is backed by Euan’s Guide, a website and app founded by motor neurone disease sufferer Euan MacDonald that promotes businesses that have shown a commitment to improving accessibility, whilst Caffé Nero are also supporting the event by offering a free drink to anyone affected by a disability who has signed up to Disabled Access Day. The day also encourages venues and businesses to offer similar opportunities that might further entice people to try something new on the day.
“We hope our members who live with a disability as the result of Polio and/or PPS will get out on the day and try something new,” said Ted. “You might want to visit somewhere local that you’ve always wanted to try or you might take the opportunity to travel further afield, but by getting out on a day like this and experiencing something new it can inspire your confidence to try something new like this on a more regular occasion.”
To find out more about Disabled Access Day, you can register at their website www.disabledaccessday.com whilst for more information on The British Polio Fellowship, visit www.britishpolio.org.uk