On Friday 10th March we celebrated Disabled Access Day in partnership with Barclays and a whole host of local organisations & national businesses.
In 2015 Disabled Access Day began as a day to celebrate good access and created opportunities for people to try something new. The day was about highlighting the fantastic access that already exists in places, such as touch tours, relaxed performances, sensory experiences, level access and of course a warm welcome!
Disabled Access Day is sponsored by Euan’s Guide: a listing and review site that helps disabled people, their friends and families know which venues are accessible.
We were delighted to meet Paul Ralph, the founder of Disabled Access Day, and hear him speak about his experiences and motivation for initiating the event which is now becoming internationally recognised.
We also had a great time at Barclays Bank on Albion Street meeting new people, making connections with other local charities and testing out new technology such as the ‘microbit’ that Barclays are using to enable people who are vision impaired to navigate around their branches, and also bPay … a simple wristband that acts like a contactless debit card so you can make electronic payments in shops by just presenting the wrist band at the paypoint.
Made in Leeds TV also came along to film the event .. more details soon!