We recently exhibited at Disability Directs Do What You Want: Live! in Nottingham and had a star come out to help us promote the Card!
Read a Guest Blog about the Access Card written by Martin for the Independent Living Website.
Nottinghamshire County Council has now closed new applications to its Disabled Peoples ID Card Scheme.
The Councils scheme originally came about thanks to Arnold Resident Terry Gallagher. Mr Gallagher has hidden impairments which mean that whilst he may not look like a disabled person he does require the use of accessible facilities.
Early last year the Council met with Social Enterprise Nimbus; a disability related consultancy. Nimbus were developing a new Card for disabled people which actually addressed the individual needs of a person and could be used in conjunction with organisations that required evidence or wanted to promote special offers to Disabled People. The Access Card was warmly received by Terry and Paul McKay Service Director at Nottinghamshire County Council:
We were the first local authority to introduce a disabled identification card when Terry approached us with the idea back in 2008. We hope that our existing card users will take advantage of the initial offer period and will enjoy the additional benefits the new scheme will provide.”
Mr Gallagher has now replaced his Council Issued Card for the new Access Card:
Martin Austin, Managing Director of Nimbus says;
The Access Card scheme is about much more than just saying ‘I’m Disabled’. It’s a third party assessment of a persons legal protection under the equality act and a tool for quickly telling organisations about the support you need without the potential embarrassment of going into lots of detail about medical conditions.”
The cards usual cost is £15 for 3 years but Nottinghamshire County Council have negotiated a half term offer lasting until the 17th July.
You can find out more about the card by visiting the website www.credability.uk.com/access-card or coming down to the Do What You Want: Live event at Nottingham Conference Centre on the 16th July from 10am where the Access Card will be hosting a stand and can help with your application.
For more information call Disability Direct Nottingham on 0115 958 3948
QUAD in Derby becomes the first organisation to integrate the Access Card into their booking process for disabled visitors.
QUAD provides a range of cinema and arts based facilities and also includes a great little cafe in the City Centre. Facilities and services for disabled guests have always been a priority for the CredAble organisation:
“Our main aim at QUAD has always been to make art and film accessible to all and we are always looking for ways to create these opportunities for all of our visitors. We are really proud to be a CredAble provider and really excited to be part of launching the Access card scheme in Derby. Working together with other organisations in the city and with the support of CredAbility will enable us to provide a broad, honest and transparent approach to accessibility and ensure that all visitors feel welcome to enjoy the great facilities we have on offer here at QUAD.”
Becky Caffrey, Acting Head of Visitor Services.
The Access Card will now entitle all Card Holders to a discounted ticket for all cinema screenings, and, for those who require the support of another person to access the cinema, a free ticket for a guest to provide the customer with support in accessing a screening can be booked by visiting QUAD. Card Holders should also look out for other opportunities and CredAble Organisations in the City and beyond.
QUAD may be the first but expect to see more soon. A working group in Derby has come together to work on a consistent approach across a number of organisations. Derby Theatre, DeDA, Derby Live, Derby Museums and Derby Tourist Information are all working together on utilising the Access Card.
Martin Austin, Managing Director of Nimbus Disability Consultancy and creator of the Access Card was involved in a Question Panel with leaders in the Ticketing Industry last week discussing the integration of the Access Card at a much more national level such as accessing tickets and access to live music events and the theatre.
“When we first developed the Card it was with intention of simplifying things for disabled people. There are so many different schemes and ways of evidencing disability at the moment that its not just confusing for customers – its confusing for providers too.”
16th July | 10 – 4
Nottingham Conference Centre
Do What You Want Live Nottingham
Guest Star Coronation Streets ‘Dev’
Its that time again where we bring our CredAble Providers directly to you along with a wide range of other organisations and services.
This time we’re going to be in Nottingham, based in CredAble Providers conference Facilities at the Nottingham Conference Centre.
We will be joined by some of our great CredAble Providers included in the 100 organisations in attendance:
and obviously this years hosts Disability Direct Nottingham
Be sure to look out for stalls with the CredAbility Symbol.
The Access Card
CredAbility will also be there to publicise our Access Card: This new card is a form of evidencing the needs we have as disabled people and using the icons on the card to quickly let providers know the kind of adjustments they need to make.
This varies from free PA Tickets at events and Theatres, to urgent access to a toilet, to access to a special offer. The good news is that thanks to Nottinghamshire County Council we have a limited time offer of half price leading up to the event. Thats a Card for 3 years for just £7.50.
You can complete your application online at http://credability.uk.com/access-card/
If you want to arrange time on the 16th to have help with your Card Application get in touch; email firstname.lastname@example.org, or speak to Greg / Martin on 01332 404040 and ask for a time slot
If you have any questions about the event or accessibility please contact Disability Direct on 0115 958 3948
Some pictures from 2013
We’re pleased to welcome Derby Museums as one of the most recent recipients of two awards: CredAble Provider and CredAble Access. Both awards cover Derby Silk Mill Museum and Derby Museum and Art Gallery and The CredAble Provider award applies to Pickfords House.
This is a really good example of how the different awards split; Pickfords House, by its very nature can not and will not be accessible for all visitors, but the team at Derby Museums will make sure that the visitor attraction is as accessible as possible.
We were really pleased to be able to present the award following a truly unique exploration into how disabled peoples existence resonates, or not, in the annals of history and museum collections. Shortlisted for The Observer Ethical awards: the Cabinet of Curiosities Show by Matt Fraser pictured above to the left of Martin, was a one off master piece of collaboration between disabled people and museum curators across the UK thanks to work from Leicester University.
The image below also shows MD of Nimbus and CredAbility Martin involved in a post show Q&A panel with Matt.
Derby Theatre are our most recent recipients of not one but two CredAbility Awards; one for their commitment to quality for disabled customers and one for their accessibility. We were lucky enought to time the award to coincide with Warwick Davis and co touring the first Production from the Reduced Height Theatre Company.
Warwick was also really impressed with the Access Card which will now be accepted by Derby Theatre amongst a growing number of other organisations. He said that the card will have a good impact on the way way that little people are able to access goods and services as disability is about much more that just wheelchairs..
On the 6th March we worked in partnership with Northampton Volunteer Centre to bring CredAbility to Northampton. It was great to see so many different types of organisations come along to see how they can demonstrate their own commitment to disability – organisations ranging from International Banking Companies to local impairment specific self help groups.
On the day we were pleased to welcome three new providers to the fold: iDID Adventure, Catalyst Community Arts and Northamptonshire Dyslexia Association. All 3 doing sterling work in the local area.
Judging by the overwhelming reaction its not going to be long before we see many more providers on this site getting involved and look forward to rolling out The Access Card too. Those there on the day are welcome to claim the introductory discount of half price for one month.
Find out more about our new providers by clicking their logos below.
For any one that joined us at this years IIC show in Manchester we’re offering a limited time special offer on the Access Card of just £7.50 for 3 years.
Read the guidance notes here and get filling in your form!
[Sorry - this special offer has now closed. You can apply for the still great price of £15 for 3 years here]
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