Disabled-access ticket sales rise at gigs and festivals

Written by Jenny Stevens for The Guardian

Disabled-access ticket sales at gigs and festivals have increased by 70% in the last year, according to research from a charity that works to improve access to live music in the UK.

Attitude Is Everything said that across 106 venues and festivals signed up to its charter of best practice, 114,000 disabled-access tickets were sold in 2014, compared with 67,000 in 2013.

The figures cover festivals including Glastonbury, Download and Reading and Leeds plus venues such as the O2 and the Roundhouse in London and Manchester Academy.

Our cities must undergo a revolution for older people

Written by Anne Karpf for The Guardian

Stand at the traffic lights on a major street in any city. Now, when the green man invites you, try to cross the road. Unless you have the acceleration of an Olympic sprinter, the chances are that the beeps will stop, the green man will flash and cars will rev impatiently before you’ve reached the sanctuary of the other side. Especially if you have a disability, are pushing a buggy or laden with shopping. Or are old. The Department of Health says the average walking speed demanded by pedestrian crossings is 1.2 metres a second, while the average speed of the older pedestrian is just 0.7 to 0.9 metres per second.

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Things You Only Know If You Go Clubbing In A Wheelchair

Read this interesting account of clubbing in London from the point of view of a wheelchair user… Written by Amy Oulton and first posted on The Debrief

It’s impossible to blend in on a dance floor when wheels are your primary method of transportation. Combined with a risk of tipping over backwards that directly correlates with how many drinks you’ve had, ignorant people and the general lack of accessibility, clubbing in a wheelchair is usually an eventful experience.

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Companies vow to act on BBC disabled access exposé

Some of the UK’s biggest firms have begun urgent improvement schemes after a BBC London investigation exposed failures to serve disabled people.

A blind person and a wheelchair user wore secret cameras to document cafes without ramps, missing station staff and minicabs that refused guide dogs.

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Disabled man races Tube train in his wheelchair – and almost wins…

A wheelchair user has raced a Tube train in a parody video to highlight problems disabled people face on the London underground.

Several runners have released clips of themselves ‘racing’ a train from Mansion House to Cannon Street on foot. Now, wheelchair-bound Anthony Ince, 43, has attempted the same 380m sprint.

He manages to come close to completing the route in just 80 seconds… Continue reading Disabled man races Tube train in his wheelchair – and almost wins…