A website which reviews the disabled access standards of local venues has been gaining momentum after boosting new celebrity backers, Stephen Hawking and JK Rowling. The website, Euan’s Guide, was started by Euan McDonald, who suffers from Motor Neuron Disease, in a bid to share information on disabled access with other people with accessibility needs. Paisley’s MSP George Adam is encouraging people across Paisley to use the site to review local bars, restaurants and other venues.
Commenting, George said:
“This is a fantastic initiative which can make a real difference to the social lives of disabled people across Scotland, as well as their friends and families.
“Disabled people often face challenges in accessing everyday venues which most people don’t have to think twice about, with proper information about disabled facilities often being a process of trial and error. My wife Stacey is a wheelchair users and we need to think carefully before choosing a restaurant, café or pub to go to. If the place has stairs but no lift, then we simply cannot go.
“Euan’s Guide is looking to help us make the decision on where to go before leaving the house and provide a reliable portal for information on disabled access for venues across Scotland, which would help disabled people across the country enjoy access to the bars, restaurants and cinemas which most people take for granted.
“Renfrewshire Access Panel already do a great job highlighting accessibility weaknesses at venues across our town, recently consulting on disabled access to the refurbished Paisley Town Hall, while helping consult on access for disabled spectators during the Commonwealth Games. I hope Euan’s Guide can supplement the great service they already provide the people of Paisley.
“I would encourage people across the constituency to contribute to the website and rate local venues – and make a real difference to the quality of life of disabled people in our community.”
Founder of Euan’s Guide, Euan McDonald, said:
“Following years of investigating, me and my family have built up something akin to a local directory on disabled access that we were keen to share with others with accessibility needs. And then we thought that there must be thousands if not millions of people who have the same issues that we do so we decided to take this a step further and create a site that will benefit the whole disabled community.”
The Euan’s Guide website can be found by clicking here.