Is everyone welcome? Barriers to people with disabilities accessing outdoor activities.
We provide ‘the same quality of provision for people with disabilities as for anyone else’ 82% Agree 22% of Group Leaders Agree
What is quality outdoor activity provision for people with disabilities ?
How do we define quality? • Satisfaction depends on social acceptance • Many programmes reinforce a socially constructed notion of disability
There is no consensus amongst centre staff as to whether barriers exist or not
Barriers • Staffing barriers • Accessibility • Equipment
Suggested Improvements Centre Staff Group Leaders Staff Training • Equipment • Accessibility
What is stopping us? Financial concerns
“Real costs unlikely to be borne by participating groups. All groups seem reluctant to pay the real price of provision and so seek to secure bargain price ... real prices act as disincentive.”
“Everyone agrees that there is an inclusiveness agenda but there is some argument about who pays for what. Do the schools subsidise the groups or do we( the centre) subsidise them?”
“The centre is not set up at all for providing outdoor activities to people with more profound disabilities, whatever they may be. It is not the market we work in.”
“I feel with social inclusion and a child with a disability being in an otherwise able group everyone receives lower levels of achievements throughout the week. It's not always fair on the able bodied kids or for the differently abled kid.”
“Given the small numbers of wheel chair users we get, it is difficult to justify buying expensive hoists etc. Students with greater needs would be better going to Bendrigg or Calvert Trust who specialise in this type of client.”