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Nimbus launches the first national access card for disabled people
The newly-introduced Access Card is designed to easily and discreetly let businesses know the specific needs of disabled visitors.
One of the major issues facing disabled people is having to explain why they might need adjustments when accessing services. It is common to be asked to describe any conditions, sometimes in humiliating and unnecessary detail, to sporting and music venues or provide proof of disability.
Several high-profile venues are now bringing the card into practice, including: Capital FM Arena, Barclay Card Arena and Genting Arena in Birmingham, The SSE Arena Wembley, Download Festival, IPRO Stadium, Nottingham Forest’s City Ground all O2 Academies and Glastonbury Festival.
The individual needs of cardholders are assessed and entered into a secure database. The venue can access information on the barriers faced by the customer and can then anticipate how best to meet their needs.
Warwick Davis became aware of the card in the recent Reduced Height Theatre Company tour and sees the value in a scheme like this: “The Access Card has real potential as it recognises that accessing services is about what a provider needs to do to enable a visitor; that people have all kinds of different needs and abilities but the focus is sometimes more on what a disabled person can’t do than how to support them. Access isn’t simply about wheelchair bays and the card can help people communicate this without going into intrusive levels of detail”
Jonathan Brown, Chief Executive of Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers, said: “The AiE report pointed to the frustration experienced by customers who have to repeatedly provide proof of disability, so we’ve been looking at ways this process can be streamlined.
“Schemes such as the Access Card reduce the need for customers to provide proof each time they book tickets. This pre-registration system makes the process much simpler when booking again or when booking for other venues or events that accept the card.
“We’re really pleased to see schemes such as the Access Card being adopted and trialled by venues in 2015 as we all continue to work together to improve entertainment ticketing for deaf and disabled customers.”
Galleries of Justice Museum in Nottingham
CHANGE OF DATE! The new date is Thurs 19th Feb!
Come along and find out more about the exciting plans to re-develop the Galleries of Justice Museum!
Galleries of Justice Museum in Nottingham are applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund for funding to redevelop the gallery spaces. We want to know your views on our proposals. Go along to the Museum from 3.30pm to 4.30pm on Thurs 19th Feb to hear about the plans and give your feedback. Refreshments will be provided.
To book your place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The CredAbility Access Card
The CredAbility Access Card is being accepted at The National Ice Centre, Wembley Areana, all the 02 Acadamies and many more places. To get more info and your Access Card visit www.credability.uk.com/access-card/
To listen to Martin Austin, Nimbus, Charlotte Throssel Disability Direct Nottingham and Martin Ingham from the National Ice Centre, promoting the Access Card on BBC Radio Nottingham, click the following link. The promotion is approximately one hour and thirty nine minutes in. www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02fhywn
BBC Radio 4 has also covered this topic, to listen click the following link and it is approximately seven minutes and fifty one seconds into the You and Yours programme www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04wwkwt
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Disability Direct, the way forward
The Nottingham Personal Assistant Register
We have created this new service in partnership with Personal Assistant Employers and Personal Assistants
Our mission is to make it easier for people to find the right support and for PA’s to find work.
For more information, to find a pa or to register your availability for work, visit
6 -7 Church Square
Tel: 0115 958 3948