Trailblazers at 10: Only 3% of the public think all of the UK’s tourist attractions are suitable for wheelchair users

Published Date
12/07/2018
Author
Laura Burge
Category
Trailblazers
Jagdeep Sehmbi investigating high street access in her local area

A YouGov poll carried out to mark the 10th anniversary of Trailblazers – Muscular Dystrophy UK’s national network of 800 young disabled people – shows that despite many advances in disability rights, most people’s experiences show there is a long way to achieving full accessibility.

The group launched in 2008 and will tonight mark the occasion with an event at Speaker’s House in London.

Muscular Dystrophy UK also commissioned a poll, which found that:

  • Only 3% of UK adults think all tourist attractions provide easy access for wheelchair users
  • Only 11% of UK adults think all Premier League grounds provide easy access for wheelchair users
  • Only 6% of UK adults think all UK railway stations provide easy access for wheelchair users

Lauren West, Trailblazers Manager at Muscular Dystrophy UK, said:

“We are so proud of the hard-won results that our Trailblazers have achieved in the last decade, and it’s encouraging that members of the public recognise the difficulties disabled people face when it comes to accessibility. But the headline successes should not leave people under the impression that the UK is now fully accessible.

“Take Premier League stadium access. It’s only after years of work by disability groups like Trailblazers that we are finally seeing clubs providing enough space for wheelchair users. But even that achievement just covers topflight clubs on one measure, and we still hear from disabled fans who have to sit away from friends or families, or even with the opposing team.

We know it can be complex – the good practice guide on accessible stadiums is 116 pages long. But working with groups like Trailblazers is essential if businesses and organisations want to make sure they are open to everyone. Today we celebrate our achievements but now we want to hear from the next generation of young disabled people to help us tackle the next decade of advancing our rights.”

 

Trailblazers has now moved to pan-disability charity Whizz-Kidz (September 2020).

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