Our project will help reduce social isolation for disabled people by showcasing businesses and their access provisions. The Accessible Guide has been designed by disabled people to create opportunities for inclusion and reduce social isolation.
Social isolation for disabled people is a problem. It is not easy finding accessible venues, and this can cause many disabled people to feel excluded.
Being isolated from society can be extremely lonely and can have a negative impact on a persons physical and mental health. Many of the barriers to inclusion are practical, such as the need for accessible buildings and toilet facilities.
A lack of understanding and awareness of disability is also a barrier. The unseen side effect of nearly every form of disability is an invisible screen between the disabled person and society. Some factors that play into social isolation among disabled people are:
- A lack of social contact with family and friends
- A lack of emotional "connection" with friends and the local community.
- A lack of day-to-day participation in the local community
The causes of social isolation among disabled people can appear subtle. These factors can drive isolation among disabled people:
- Lack of access
- Social exclusion
- Social comparison and self-identity
Inclusion is important. The Equality Act was introduced 10 years ago and should in theory help improve access for disabled people, sadly it is just a theory. Finding a venue that meets the needs of disabled people can often be problematic. Many businesses and service providers are failing to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people.
A reasonable adjustment is not an extra or bonus for disabled people. It is a recognition that inaccessibility, bias and exclusion have denied disabled people meaningful participation & an attempt to remedy that injustice. Access for disabled people is not a burden. It is an obligation.
How the money will be spent?
To tackle social isolation The Accessible Guide will showcase businesses and their access provision, based on factual information. Our website will be launching later this year.
Our campaign will enable us to:
- Develop a mobile phone app
- Deliver real time information
- Reduce barriers to inclusion
- Enable users to easily find venues that meet their individual access requirements