Accessibility Stories 04.17

What a fantastic range of blog posts linked up last month!

Picture of a rusty key saying: Share your accessibility stories #AccessLinky

 Round Up from last Month

There were a number of posts on one of my regular (and favourite!) themes, changing places toilets. Ordinary Hopes linked this very powerful post “When this is the best option you have“, i.e. the toilet floor or don’t go out at all.  Clos-o-Mat and Ordinary Hopes also commented on the lack of understanding of the need for assisted toilet provision until it’s something you need yourself, in “I’d never even thought about it” a key reason many are campaigning that it’s “Time for change” for the building standards, to be made clearer and more comprehensive!

I’m very excited to *meet* a new blogger friend, Wheelchair Chic Home, joining in this month with her fab “5 tips for styling your house to accommodate a disability” and with some more specific ideas on “Storage Ideas to hold crutches or walking sticks” in a stylish way!  I love this blog, it’s totally up my street and I’ll definitely be following for more inclusive design ideas!

My daughter EJ has sensory processing issues which affect her in all different ways (touch, vision, hearing that we know about).  Sensory processing seems to be being more and more widely acknowledged as a challenge in accessing our world for set up for the ‘average person’ and of course can vary greatly from individual to individual and vary in intensity. Rainbows are too Beautiful linked this post about how something as seemingly simple as a particular welly boot (considered a staple in every child’s wardrobe!) can enable inclusion in outdoor family activities in “We’ve got to get our kids outside!

Access isn’t all about ramps and grab rails, and I had two posts this month, telling of the frustrations faced trying to access childcare and education for their children with very different needs. Rainbows are too Beautiful’s “30 hours free childcare” and The Long Chain’s “Benjamin doesn’t tick boxes” illustrating the catch 22 of local authority juggling of services and funding between education, social care and health care.

I hope you’ll check in again next month to catch up with the blog posts in the round up, and bloggers I hope to see lots of you again this month and *meet* some new people too!  
Info on how to join in below:

Linky Info

This linky will be open for 2 weeks, please do share your posts about ideas and experiences (good and bad!) around physical and/or sensory accessibility of buildings, places, spaces and products below…. And do check in again next month to read the round up!

Guidelines:

    1. Link up to 2 posts each month (old or new)! It would be lovely if you could add my badge (cut and paste the code in the box under the badge image below and add it into your blog post while in ‘text’ mode of your blog editor) or add a text link back to my site so that people can find the linky and read the other blog entries;
    2. Please comment on this post to introduce yourself if you’re new to the linky, and comment on some of the other linked posts to help share ideas and experiences!
    3. It would also be amazing if you could share your post (using the hashtag #AccessibilityStories and/or the shorter #AccessStories) on social media to help spread awareness of the issues around accessibility!  I’ll also try to retweet as many posts as I can!
    4. I welcome input from anyone that is affected by accessible design – users, carers, friends and family as well as designers, developers, managers and legislators (so pretty much everyone then!). I welome blogs from professionals and suppliers as well as individual bloggers as long as they keep within the spirit of idea exchange and are not sales posts for products or services.
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