Disability charity Vitalise celebrates the nation’s most accessible tourist attractions

Disability charity Vitalise celebrates the nation’s most accessible tourist attractions


for many a trip to the gallery or museum
can be enjoyed on a win that for large proportion of the public
activities at this kind can be a challenge vitalize is a charity which provides
essential breaks for people with disabilities and their carers and they carried out a survey asking the
top 100 most visited UK tourist attractions just how accessible they really are the
survey focused seventy percent if the final mark on overall accessibility for wheelchair
users but other factors included the number of disabled toilets and parking
spaces on offer and availability a poise and quality
staff training were also taken into consideration from
a commercial point the accessibility is really important given the sheer scale disability the UK it’s actually from
point view businessman commercial opportunity 80 billion pounds
a year is spent through disable consumers and that’s a large sum so I see this as
an opportunity not a problem and if we could turn to tourist attention to that
opportunity we think that opportunity we think we are improvements across the board there’s no
doubt that many of the venues surveyed at doing their utmost to ensure their
attractions can be enjoyed by everyone what these organizations are doing right
first and foremost is to involve people with disabilities in the
design of their buildings thing wider accessibility to an
attraction is key to what a museum does we have a wonderful story a story
touched everybody’s large and we want everybody to know about it
So the more that we can do to make that story accessible to the
widest possible community the better for us and the better for them we’ve rethought our approaches across the
museum’s as part says have redevelopment and we worked with various groups act necks group a youth advisory panel
and various others groups a key statistic is that we
consistently get a much higher percentage all disabled visitors coming to the museum then other museums in the area so it makes
good business sense is one not only has the survey highlighted
those who have been successful but is also shown a lights on those who
need to work harder to meet the criteria so really small things like not putting
gravel between the disabled car park Place and
the front door of their venue really simple thing very low
cost but you only know that that’s really
difficult if you have a wheelchair if you actually somebody who uses a
wheelchair this survey found that the top performer for accessibility is the Tate Gallery in London why it’s a
huge honour and it’s just a lovely moment of
recognition for me working at Tate is all about the
visitors we get say many visitors and diversity and creating events
programs and giving a welcome to everybody is what we’re all about for
more information on the survey and to find out which venues did or didn’t make
the grade they go to www.fertilizer.org.uk

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