Glasgow Disability Alliance

The Scottish charity, run for disabled people by disabled people, has launched an online campaign to highlight the problem of poor access

The disability charity's campaign
The disability charity's campaign

What is it? 

The charity is asking its members to contact the organisation when they come across examples of poor access for disabled people. The campaign, called #disabledaccessFAIL, was launched last week and encourages members to email, Facebook or tweet pictures and examples they come across every day.

Why are they doing it?

Marianne Scobie, development manager at the Glasgow Disability Alliance, said: "Against the backdrop of the welfare reforms, we wanted to show that disabled people’s lives are hard enough already. Some access fails are so ridiculous and can affect disabled people when they are shopping, working or socialising.

"This is not a name-and-shame campaign, but we want to make the point that some of these access problems can be fixed easily. We want to encourage business owners to engage with us in a cooperative way."

What else?

The charity will be contacting venues to tell them of the challenges their members face when trying to get into their premises. The charity has already approached a restaurant about a problem a member was having.

Third Sector verdict: 

This simple campaign highlights the ordinary, everyday challenges facing disabled people and shows how easily they can be corrected. It puts gentle pressure on companies that are highlighted, encouraging them to work with the charity to ensure their premises are easily accessible.

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