Access Linky: March 2018

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Welcome to the March 2018 #AccessLinky!

A blog link-up for sharing posts with ideas and experiences (good and bad!) about physical or sensory accessibility of buildings, places, spaces, products and/or activities!

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I hope everyone is managing in this cold snap!

Hoping the ‘Beast from the East’ will soon be off back to it’s lair until next winter!

Linky Round Up:

The first in the round up is very appropriate for this week’s snow (and the inevitable springtime showers yet to come!), Rainbow’s Are Too Beautiful linked up these top tips for autistic kids in wet weather!

It was great to hear from some new linker uppers, and still on the theme of getting out and about, Sensational Learning with Penguin wrote about their visit to a National Trust property and gardens at Scotney Castle in Kent.  The NT is a big favourite of our family too, especially those with large grounds to explore and somewhere to buy cake! (The old houses are not usually so wheelchair accessible!).

Another great set of tips for families was Starlight and Stories’ ideas to help autistic kids to navigate the sea of homework.

Perhaps seemingly a bit off-piste for this linky, is an issue that’s been a big focus in the news, is the rising momentum to reduce plastic waste.  Great! I’m all for reducing our environmental impact, but it seems the poor plastic straw is getting the brunt of the blame for this!  Wheelscapades wrote this great piece, The Last Straw, explaining the wider context of the calls to #banthestraw and it’s impact on disabled people, which inspired me also to write don’t vilify all the plastic.

World of Gorgeous Grace joined the linky highlighting the current Blue Badge scheme government consultation, with some examples of her own families experiences, and urges anyone with experience of the need for greater access to parking to take part!

Also on the theme of government services, The Long Chain writes of the Postcode Lottery that seems to exist when it comes to accessing appropriate advice, services and equipment.  Is a more effective centralised code of practice required to make sure all children receive what they need regardless of location within the UK?

Finally, Life and Other Stories Blog, writes To Know Me is to Understand Me in surprise at some statistics about how many people don’t believe they know someone with a disability! How is disability to be accepted, and access and inclusion become the standard, if people don’t even see it!?

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The linky will be open for 3 weeks!

  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 above 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 (use the hashtag #AccessLinky in your comment)!
  3. It would also be amazing if you could share your post (using the hashtag #AccessLinky) 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.

….and don’t forget to check in again next month (1st of the month) to read the round up, and link up again!