To celebrate Disabled Access Day 2017, we held a quiz across Exeter, Teignbridge and North Devon to see how ‘Disability Aware’ members of the public were. Here are some of the results:
• 92% of respondents were not aware of disability rights when using public transport;
• 66% did not know the rules regarding on street disabled parking bays and,
• 50% were unsure about appropriate disability-related terminology.
• 79% of respondents thought that a ramp at the entrance to a building indicates that a venue is fully accessible. A ramp may help someone with mobility difficulties get into a building but ‘fully accessible’ also means the provision of information in alternative formats (such as large print; audio CD; British Sign Language DVD; Easyread etc.) and communication support (such as induction hearing loop), and that adaptations have been put in place to ensure all disabled visitors can access the whole service as independently as possible.
Thank you to everyone that took part and to all our volunteers who gave up their time over the weekend to run the quiz in their local area.
What is Disabled Access Day?
Disabled Access Day started in 2015 as a way of celebrating great access and offering new opportunities. Examples of this access include touch tours, relaxed performances, sensory experiences and level access.
When is the next Disabled Access Day 2017?
This year's Disabled Access Day will be between March 10th - 12th. If you want to get involved, sign up by clicking here to receive all the news from the Disabled Access Day team.
Who started Disabled Access Day?
Disabled Access Day is sponsored by Euan’s Guide, a listing and review site for accessible venues.
Check out the official Disabled Access Day website for more information and find out how to get involved.
Living Options Devon are proud to be taking part in Disabled Access Day 2017, including events from our award-winning Countryside Mobility project, our Heritage Ability project and an "Out and About" myth-busting quiz; check this page plus our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates!
Out and About Myth-busting Quiz
How disability-aware are you? Test your knowledge with our quiz! Come talk to our staff and volunteers at:
- The Open Door Centre, Dawlish on Friday 10th March from 10am-12pm
- Greenlanes Shopping Centre, Barnstaple on Saturday 11th March from 12pm-2pm
- Living Options staff Sue and Andrew will be at Exeter Library on Saturday 11th March from 12.30pm-2.30pm
Events with our Countryside Mobility and Heritage Ability project partners: click here for information about Countryside Mobility and click here for more information about Heritage Ability
- All Countryside Mobility sites will be offering 2 week Taster Memberships for free, or take out an Annual Membership and receive an extra 6 months for free (18 months for 12). Note that many sites may limit the hire duration to a shorter than normal period to maximise the number of opportunities for people to try the Tramper experience.
- RHS Rosemoor will be offering free entry to RHS Rosemoor for anyone booking a Tramper (the site has 3 available). Carers are also admitted free of charge as normal, so making it a free day out for two.
- On Friday 10th March, Seaton Wetlands will be offering free tea or coffee in the Discovery Hut served by the Wetlands volunteers and a 20% discount voucher for entry and the café at the new, award winning attraction, Seaton Jurassic. They will also be revealing the name chosen for their Tramper from their current competition. Find out more about the competition here.
- Moors Valley Country Park will be running a timetable of different events on Saturday 11th March - see their event webpage for details as they add events.
- Avon Heath Country Park will be running a free Bug Snap Activity Trail for families wishing to explore together. Children will be given the activity sheet before setting off and certificate on completion of the Tramper-accessible trail (activity sheet/ certificate normally charged for).