Ability Access has been set up to give more freedom to people who have learning difficulties, physical disabilities, mental health issue and really anyone who struggles day to day accessing their communities, public places and getting out and about.
Being fully mobile for most of my life to being in a wheelchair, I know the struggles that disabled people face and most people can’t comprehend the difference in lifestyle. From being turned away from your favourite restaurant where you have been going for 10 years as they don’t have ramp access, to giving up your season ticket at the rugby because the stands were built in the 1970 and are inaccessible.
In 2016, I set up the Facebook page Ability Access where people could upload their stories, pictures and videos of places they have visited and issues facing disabled people in society today. In its first years, we got 136,000 hits. In December 2016, I wrote an article about accessing the boxing day sales in a wheelchair and it went viral receiving 14,500 hits in just a few weeks.
Following the online success companies including, Microsoft, Next, Sainsbury’s and Lidi have all show interest in getting involved with Ability Access with Sainsbury’s suggesting they may want to post a link of Ability Access on their website. Next have agreed to provide all disabled information on their 500+ stores across the UK and Lidi have already provided their information on all their stores in the UK.
We have had message of support from all over the world, pictures sent to use from all over the world and last year Ability Access won its first major award the Jessie Jackson Prize from De Montfort University for breaking down barriers in the community. Ability Access is
simply Trip Advisor for people with disabilities, giving them more independence, more choice and improving quality of life by giving the information need to make informed decisions.
Just recently Ability Access started Abilityaccess.blog and the beginning of the year and is getting thousands of hits.
Thank you for your time.
Founder of Ability Access