Euan’s Guide, the disabled access review charity, has announced awards for a show and venue that are doing something outstanding to include disabled audiences at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. People are asked to vote for their favourite accessible performance or venue, via social media or by visiting www.euansguide.com/FringeAward.
The winning show* will receive a prize of £1,000 with a runner up awarded £500. There will be a further prize of £500 for a venue** with excellent accessibility.
People can vote for any show or venue and, once voting closes on Sunday 16th August, those with the most votes will go through to the final round to be judged by a panel of disabled people.
Euan MacDonald, co-founder of Euan’s Guide, said “We’re very excited to be launching this award at this year’s Festival Fringe. Promoting the accessibility of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is very important to us and we are keen to see as many visitors as possible having a great experience. We are sure the standard will be very high and I wish the best of luck to everyone involved.”
Euan’s Guide invites visitors to Edinburgh to share their reviews of disabled access on EuansGuide.com to help inform other disabled festival goers.
Euan’s Guide was created in 2013 by Euan MacDonald, who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2003. It provides disabled access information for venues including attractions, cinemas, sports grounds, places to stay, and everyday places such as the post office and local services. The website allows users to share reviews and rate venues based on their accessibility. It strives to be accessible to as many people as possible including people who use different communication technologies such as speech command, eye controlled software and touch pads. Euan’s Guide is a registered charity in Scotland (SC045492). For more information, visit www.euansguide.com.
For the purposes of this award, an accessible show is one where the performance reaches out to include disabled people. This may be a performance by or including disabled people and/or by providing BSL interpretation, a captioned performance, an audio described performance, appropriate viewing points, accessible performance information or a relaxed performance.
For the purposes of this award, an accessible venue should welcome disabled people. This may include (but not exclusively) facilities for people who have a sensory impairment, learning disability, long term condition or impairment, or mobility impairment (including wheelchair users).
Secondly, venues must be actively telling people about their facilities for disabled visitors through resources such as their own website, the Fringe website, an access statement, a listing on Euan’s Guide or a dedicated point of contact.