EuansGuide.com, a new community website designed to provide venue accessibility listings and reviews written for and by disabled people has now launched.
EuansGuide.com is calling for venues to add their details to the website in order for reviewers to provide feedback. Listing is free and will provide high brand visibility on the site for venues, encouraging reviews by visitors and to be seen as accessible to disabled people.
The website, endorsed by world renowned physicist Professor Stephen Hawking, is easy to use; reviewers fill in a short and simple form focussing on the accessibility of venues, which will then be vetted and posted for other users to see. Reviews concentrate on four areas – parking and transport, access, toilets and staff. Venues can also easily upload details of their business for people to review.
Created by Euan MacDonald, who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2003, the website aims to keep disabled people informed with an up-to-date database of venues in the UK and first-hand experiences.
Commenting on the launch, Professor Hawking said: “There is a severe lack of quality information about disabled access in the UK, particularly services giving the end-user’s perspective. For this reason it can be very difficult for disabled people and their carers to find out where they can go to enjoy many of the everyday activities most people take for granted, such as visiting a coffee shop or going out for drink with friends. As a result, despite all of the legislation supporting accessibility, disabled people are effectively excluded from many mainstream venues and activities, for fear of being faced with inadequate facilities.
“EuansGuide.com helps people with disabilities and their carers give an open and honest account of a venue’s accessibility, good or bad. This means that users can check before they go whether a venue will cater for their needs. The site will make a huge difference for people across the UK, giving them a reliable source of information to help plan their leisure, personal and business activities.”
Euan said, “The site is a great way for venues that are proud of their site’s accessibility to raise awareness of their location and seek reviews from the public.
“Conversely, if reviews from the site inspire venues to improve their accessibility then that can only be a good thing.”
He added, “Euan’s Guide will act as a resource to serve people with access requirements. I would love it to be a place where we can routinely help each other by recommending places to go or suggesting improvements to venues, removing the fear of the unknown.”
To list your venue visit www.euansguide.com/venue.