'My' Accessible Stratford-upon-Avon

“Inclusion is access for all” and access is more than a ramp...

My Accessible Stratford-upon-Avon

Physical disabilities refer to hearing, sight and mobility impairments. I am a powered wheelchair user and live independently, but I am in the minority - your needs may be simple or more complex, but inclusion should be possible even if there has to be a reasonable adjustment. The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and Equality Act 2010 should help.

'My' Accessible Stratford upon Avon has general information about the town of Stratford upon Avon and can be downloaded or printed for your convenience. here.

Town map: thanks to Stratford District Council for providing this and identifying blue badge parking spaces and public accessible toilets. here.

Parking: See https://www.visitstratforduponavon.co.uk/stratford-parking Blue badge parking is free in council car parks without a time limit, but a pass is required for the Bridgeway car park. On-street parking is free but blue badge spaces display a time limit - please check. Park & Ride is located at Bishopton and drop off in Wood Street by the American Fountain. Other car parks will charge!

Blue badge parking at the 2018 Food Festival: View the information about parking changes in the town due to the 2018 Food Festival here

Shopmobility is at Bridgeway car park where for a donation you can borrow a wheelchair or mobility scooter and if you come on holiday hire equipment for your stay for just a small charge. Call 01789-414534 or see www.stratford.gov.uk/people-communities/shopmobility.cfm

There are many town events throughout the year which often affect blue badge parking- sometimes there will be alternatives but not always but hopefully they will provide an Accessibility Statements. CHECK!!!

If you want general advice about 'accessibility' inclusion' or 'for yourself, your business or organisation please contact me.

PURPLE TUESDAY 13 November 2018 https://purpletuesday.org.uk/faqs/ Nearly one in every five people in the UK has a disability or impairment, and over half of households have a connection to someone with a disability. Their collective spending power – the Purple Pound – is worth £249 billion to the UK economy. However, this potential is not being fully realised. There are still real (and perceived) barriers that make it harder for disabled people to find work, spend money online and in store, and enjoy a drink or meal out. The aim of Purple Tuesday is to make customer-facing businesses more aware of these opportunities and challenges and inspire them to make changes to improve the disabled customer experience over the long term. As well as endorsing and promoting Purple Tuesday, every participant must make at least one long-term commitment aimed at improving the experience for their disabled customers going forward. The exact nature of the commitment is up to each individual business, depending on their specific resources and needs. However, examples include introducing regular ‘quiet hours’ for those with sensory issues, improving store wayfinding, or introducing more inclusive marketing and product photography.

PURPLE TUESDAY is for business or organisation that interacts with disabled customers – either at a physical location or online – the more the merrier! Let me know what you're doing to support PURPLE TUESDAY.

Finally, thanks to Setsquare, my IT friends, who maintain my website and everything else I can't do! November 2018


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Elizabeth Dixon
Disability Advisor