Leisure

When you have a disability, you can often get leisure concessions for example discounts on tickets to the cinema, theatre or visitor attractions like theme parks, the National Trust, English Heritage or at zoos. You can also get free carer tickets if you need support most attractions and leisure facilities do offer this so do ask. There can also be access considerations and other adjustments. You can often get a disabled person’s bus pass for free bus travel and a disabled person’s rail card for reduced rail travel. Locally in Bucks like many leisure centres throughout the country Both BETTER Leisure and Everyone Active offer discounts to those with a disability. If based in Buckinghamshire also look at local disability sports and social clubs under interests. Also check out sport and tourism for more ideas and options and if based in or near Buckinghamshire the different sports and social clubs aimed at those with a disability.

Ceacard Disability cinema card https://www.ceacard.co.uk helps with reasonable adjustments and with discounts like free carer tickets.

Article on disability leisure discounts https://www.wiseaccountant.co.uk/discounts-for-disabled-people

Find Accessible public events from the Activity Alliance UK http://www.activityalliance.org.uk/get-active/events

Walks with Wheelchairs UK Walks for those with access challenges such as being in a wheelchair http://www.walkswithwheelchairs.com

Disabled Ramblers Countryside walks in England and Wales http://disabledramblers.co.uk

Accessible Countryside for All lists accessible walks throughout the UK as well as accessible pub, restaurants and leisure http://accessiblecountryside.org.uk/buckinghamshire 

Health Walkgoing a local organised walk with others, aimed at those with health conditions to get involved, walk, exercise and socialise.

https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder

Gardening for the disabled They promote gardening for the disabled be that physical disability, mental health or other conditions they also provide grants for accessible gardens https://www.gardeningfordisabledtrust.org.uk/services

Gardening with arthritis information from Verses Arthritis  includes a useful booklet https://www.versusarthritis.org/news/news/tips-for-gardening-with-arthritis/

Carry on Gardening Thrive is a charity that recommends tools and strategies to keep you gardening with a disability by recommending equipment depending on your disability. Also includes case studies https://www.carryongardening.org.uk/about-this-website.aspx

PETA UKdesign and manufacture adapted gardening tools useful if you have arthritis or coordination issues like from physical disability. These make gardening more possible if you have reduced grip or need long reach tools to make gardening possible https://peta-uk.com

Fred’sShed is run by Fred Walden he is a garden expert and writer who advices the NHS and others about gardening with a disability and advises about equipment that should make gardening easier and more enjoyable https://peta-uk.com

CLA Charitable Trust provides training in horticulture, gardening and conservation to people with a disability and disadvantaged individuals https://www.cla.org.uk/events/cla-charitable-trust#

Living Made Easy offer accessible gardening equipment to help with dexterity, posture or orientation https://www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk/leisure/gardening-and-the-outdoors-3696/

The Disability Living Foundationhave a comprehensive guide to finding a leisure activity and specialist equipment to make that activity possible or easier activities include: Walking, water sports, holidays, team sports, cycling, games, gardening, cooking, photography, painting, reading, television, audio and more so worth a read https://www.dlf.org.uk/factsheets/leisure

Areobility is a charity and flying school in Camberley teaching people with different impairments to fly planes https://www.aerobility.com Stelios Philanthropic Foundation in partnership with Aerobility and Air League now offer a disabled pilots scholarship  an excellent opportunity to get a full private pilots license.  

Cycling UK have produced a useful guide to different types of adapted cycling options if you have a disability that makes cycling difficult but you want to get involved

https://www.cyclinguk.org/article/cycling-guide/guide-to-adapted-cycles

Charlottes TandemsHires tandems and trailer bikes to people with disabilities and special needs with provisions throughout the UK to help those cycle who can not go out alone http://charlottestandems.weebly.com/ Here you can watch what it is like to get involved in this short ITV coverage of their work 

Cycling for AlI is a cycling charity run throughout the UK that offers inclusive disability cycling with a wide range of bikes and cyclicals to get everyone. involved http://cyclingforall.org Take a look at the types of activities from this You Tube video 

Riding for the Disabled charity that runs throughout the country proving ridding and carriage driving for those with disabilities https://www.rda.org.uk 

Rivertime Boat Trust River Boat Trust boat trips for disadvantaged and disabled adults and children run from Maidenhead Berkshire . See You Tube video explaining their work. http://rivertimeboattrust.org.uk/

Disabled Photographers Society UK wide charity promoting photography to people with disabilities http://www.the-dps.co.uk/

Enrych provide volunteers who pair with someone with a disability so they can participate in a social activity or leisure of their choice. See the types of work and the difference they make here  

http://enrych.org.uk/

Staying up late is a UK charity that organise nights out to see bands, concerts and clubbing typically in the South East and London for people with learning disabilities that struggle to get to go or at least stay until the end of these evenings due to support worker issues but the charity offer these events  http://stayuplate.org/about/  

Berkel BikeOffers a range of disability cycle bikes/ for outside use and an exercise option includes hand controls and whole body cycling. Lots of options o incorporate FES muscle stimulation so you can use the bike and build strength and muscle mass with paralysed muscles and weak muscles

https://berkelbike.co.uk

Good Food Talks is a database of thousands of restaurants intended to help those with a visual impairment there is also an app https://goodfoodtalks.com

Special Effects Gaming a Oxfordshire charity offering adapted video gaming https://www.specialeffect.org.uk 

One Switch a website offering a range of video games for those with disabilities that use a switch operator due to to their disability http://www.oneswitch.org.uk

Youreable   https://www.youreable.com/an online disability website and community forum offering information on disability benefits, travel, education, housing, health, equipment and more.

Ableize https://www.ableize.com A very large disability directory covering all of the UK and topics such as disability sport, arts, education and benefits through to mobility products and services and more. It is for and run by disabled people.

Naidex is a major disability two-day annual event held in Birmingham covering the latest disability products, services, equipment care an innovation covering all disability areas it is a major lifestyle event to find the latest products together and being the biggest disability event in Europe useful to be aware of the latest equipment, technology and disability products http://www.naidex.co.uk 

Merlin Attractions and Disability this includes Thorpe Park, Chessington Word of Adventures, Alton Towers, Lego Land and Warwick Castle. Many other attractions like zoos and leisure facilities offer access considerations, special needs met, discounts for people with disabilities and free carer tickets https://www.merlinannualpass.co.uk/information/disabled-passholders

Better Leisure Disability Membership https://www.better.org.uk/memberships/all-inclusive-membership/better-hf-inclusive 

Access Able for searching accessible places throughout the UK including many attractions https://www.accessable.co.uk/pages/about

Euan’s Guide Disabled access reviews by and for people with disabilities providing useful information on the true accessibility of places https://www.euansguide.com  

Inclusive Fitness Initiative search for an accessible gym http://www.activityalliance.org.uk/how-we-help/programmes/65-inclusive-fitness-initiative

RADAR Keys for being able to use public disabled toilets  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-ouch-22602836

Get RADAR Keys from the Disability Rights Commission here https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/shop/radar-key

Changing Places is a website identifying disabled toilets throughout the UK http://www.changing-places.org/find_a_toilet.aspx

Mobiloo attend public events throughout the UK they list on the website with a fully accessible porter loos with hoists http://www.changing-places.org/find_a_toilet.aspx

Prevention Matters Help to stay independent, help with everyday activities, help with transport involvement in social clubs, providing advice and guidance, to stop isolation with people 18 plus.  https://www.connectionsupport.org.uk/buckinghamshire/projects/prevention-matters

Disability Access Guide to UK Theme Parks see https://thesensoryseeker.com/2013/10/08/disability-access-guide-uk-theme-parks

National Trust and disability offers access guides, disability discounts and free carer tickets https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/access-for-everyone

English Heritage and how they accommodate various disability needs https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/plan-your-visit/visitors-with-disabilities

Many cinemas offer Autism friendly screenings as well as other accommodations if you have a CEA Card such as discounts and free carer tickets https://www.autism.org.uk/about/family-life/holidays-trips/cinemas.aspx

Dekko Comics are educational content comics aimed at KS2 and KS3 covering many topics like maths English and science. It was set up by a young man with Dyslexia and shows how he runs a successful business overcoming his Dyslexia. He used comics himself to pass exams and then got this idea https://dekkocomics.com

Living Paintings free tactile book service for those who are blind also offers audio books http://www.livingpaintings.org/ 

Your local library will have additional facilities and accommodations like extended lending for those with a disability. In Bucks Wendover and Borne End libraries offer a visual impairment reading groups. There is also a home library service for those who struggle to get to the library due to disability, poor mobility or health issues. Other areas of the country have the same.   https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/libraries/community/home-library-service/ 

Calibre audio library an audio book service open to those with sight issues, dyslexia or other disabilities. There is a one off charge and then the service is free   http://www.calibre.org.uk/

ASK SARA is an independent living resource that asks you questions about your daily life and areas of difficulty to find you workable solutions. It covers aspects of your life and health, but also includes leisure. There are also solutions for children. You answer easy questions for tailored advice see http://asksara.dlf.org.uk/

Access Cards a simple and way to show people your accessibility, disability needs http://www.accesscard.org.uk

Stagetext  provide theaters and arts venues with captions of their performances that appear on small screens http://www.stagetext.org

Your Local Cinema subtitled local cinema listings http://yourlocalcinema.com/ 

Attitude is Everything Deaf and Disabled Access to live music http://www.attitudeiseverything.org.uk/

Vocal Eyes provide audio description to museums, galleries, theater and heritage for those that have sight problems  http://vocaleyes.co.uk/

Visit London Accessibility Guide https://www.visitlondon.com/traveller-information/essential-information/accessible-london

Accessible London Theatremaking London theatre as accessible as possible https://officiallondontheatre.com/access/

Mobility Rough Guide to Accessibility British offers a comprehensive guide to Accessible Days Out https://www.motability.co.uk/news-views-and-events/rough-guide-to-accessible-britain/

Willow Foundation provide exceptional special days like up close experiences at zoos, or to football venues to young people 16-40 who have serious illness or disability such as motor neuron  disease, cystic fibrosis, serve muscle wasting conditions, serve neurological conditions, cancer, those in palliative care, organ failure,degenerative conditions, Huntington's and more      

U Support provides experience days like pitch side at the football, seeing their favourite singer live or a show in the west end for disabled or ill young people and those with life limiting conditions http://www.usupport.org.uk/index.html

RiDc a look at accessibility public transport https://www.ridc.org.uk/content/accessible-public-transport

Remap If you struggle to participate equally in a leisure or family activity and struggle to find an adaption you may be able to get Remap to make a adaption for you. In this video you can see how they have helped this individual who is blind participate more fairly in bowling using the guide they have designed for him that he can use independently 

Living Made Easy offer accessible art and craft materials providing equipment for activities like sewing, photography, art, painting, pottery and scissors such as if you have dexterity issues so these tasks are easier to participate in https://www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk/leisure/arts-and-crafts-3705/

Meet ups A website UK wide listing different social groups formed for a massive range of interests and hobbies in your local community https://www.meetup.com

Music Festivals and disabled access

Latitude Festival accessibility https://www.latitudefestival.com/information-category/access-customers/

Edinburgh Fridge festival accessibility https://tickets.edfringe.com/box-office/accessibility

Blue Dot festival accessibility https://www.discoverthebluedot.com/info/accessibility

Reading festival accessibility https://www.readingfestival.com/information-category/access-customers

Leads festival accessibility https://www.leedsfestival.com/information-category/access-customers

Boomtown accessibility https://www.boomtownfair.co.uk/info/access/

Just So festivalaccessibility https://www.justsofestival.org.uk/accessibility/?doing_wp_cron=1566846744.1201679706573486328125

Leisure activity games 

Living made easy

Offer a selection of popular board games in accessible formats like large print, games if you have limited vision or reduced dexterity and difficulties with co-ordination that you can purchase https://www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk/leisure/board-games-and-board-game-accessories-1677-p/

Lego have introduced Braille bricks for learning braille and enjoying Lego and introducing Lego to other subjects to help learning as it is tangible to help learning and make learning fun

Lego for the blind offers instructions  for different Lego sets if you are blind or visually impaired http://legofortheblind.com/

Uno for the blind or vision impairment 

 

RNIB Board Games adapted for those who are blind or have a vision impairment looks at some different game options and introduces the Blind Chess Association BCA https://www.rnib.org.uk/young-people-free-time/games-and-gaming

Days Out 

Buckingham Palace accessibility Royal Collection https://www.rct.uk/visit/the-state-rooms-buckingham-palace/mobility-access#/

Cadbury Word Disability accessibility information https://www.cadburyworld.co.uk/plan-your-visit/accessibility

Eden Project accessibility https://www.edenproject.com/visit/before-you-visit/accessibility-guide

Whipsnade Zoo accessibility information https://www.zsl.org/zsl-whipsnade-zoo/visitor-information/accessibility

Accessibility at Kew Gardens https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/visit-kew-gardens/accessibility

 

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