Disabled Access Day celebrates the innovative and wonderful work being done to make the world and all of its wonders accessible to people who may otherwise be excluded. It is a day to reflect, to try something new, and to meet with enthusiastic and like-minded people. This year Disabled Access Day stretches from 10th – 12th March, and already it look set to be an awesome weekend.
Theatres, business centres, and tourist attractions are all playing host to some incredible events to showcase some of the best accessible activities across the UK. For a comprehensive list of events, head to the Disables Access Day website: https://www.disabledaccessday.com/. I did a search of events in my hometown, good ol’ Brum, to see what’s on…
Birmingham’s arty and crafty MAC centre are hosting a whole day of completely free-of-charge activities for disabled visitors and their families. Drop in activities include Tai-Chi, dance, painting and drawing, drama and well-being, and poetry workshops. The One Handed Musical Instrument Trust will also be there showing off some of the amazing instruments that have been adapted for people with physical impairments. Music to our ears! Doors are open Saturday 11th March from 10:00 until 18:30.
For those who prefer a more alternative afternoon, the famous Newman Brothers are opening the doors to their Coffin Works for a real treat. Their ipad tours give insight to previously unreachable areas of the factory, and there will be demonstrations too! You won’t want to miss this one – so book at least 24 hours in advance. Open for Disabled Access Day on Sunday 12th March from 15:00 – 16:00. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that standard tour charges apply.
There are so many more wonderful events being hosted in Birmingham and across the UK, so I really do encourage you to have a search on the Disabled Access Day website and see what’s on near you. And while you have a great time, remember that the great work being done and put on display is not only an annual event, but is a continuous, daily process. People are working hard to make this world accessible to everyone, and they are doing a great job – let’s remember that throughout the year too!