Covert Wheelchair Survey

December 7, 2009

Muscular Dystrophy Campaign activists between the ages of 16 and 30 are carrying out an undercover survey of cinemas, pubs and stadiums to test accessibility for wheelchair users.

‘Trailblazers’ is the name given to those taking part will be giving start ratings, this will identify best and worst practice, it is due to start in London but will look at facilities across the country.

Trailblazer, Aminder Virdee, 20, said: ‘We will be rating leisure facilities in the hope that other young disabled people will know which facilities in their areas have made the most effort to include them.’

Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, Chief Executive Philip Butcher said: ‘Many people take for granted the ability to watch a film, to visit a museum or to support their local football team. This simply is not an option to some disabled people if leisure facilities fail to conform to the Disability Discrimination Act.’

The results of the survey, along with its recommendations, will be published on 3 December, the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities.