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The Story Behind our Access Rating Article

One of the most eye-catching articles in this Autumn’s CFAS Journal was kindly provided for us by Access Rating.

Access Rating is a crowdfunded app concept, which exists to amplify the voices of the disabled community. They wish to drive positive changes to access, and hope to achieve this by letting its users review and vote on establishments around the country. Venues will receive feedback on their current accessibility, helping guide them towards becoming more wheelchair-friendly.

Bringing the article to CFAS

Founder of the app Mark Esho approached the newly formed Academy of Disabled Journalists, asking them to run a competition among its students. The winner would have their piece published in our CFAS Autumn Electronic Journal. They were provided with a brief and some background information to help them with their task.

Mark said of the winner Kirsteen Allison, “We were delighted to receive such a high-quality article from your student Kirsteen. It was extremely informative, and with a limited brief explained the key areas of our organisation very well – we particularly loved the mention of encouraging business to attract ‘diverse talent” as this is some we are striving to achieve with Access Rating. The future of journalism is very bright with talent like Kirsteen Allison.”

Kirsten is a student of the Academy. They offer A-Level equivalent qualifications for Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment recipients, and Kirsteen is currently working towards an NCTJ-accredited Certificate of Foundation in Journalism.

What’s next for Access Rating?

Access Rating has big plans for the future, with international expansion alongside insights into the most accessible venues in the UK. As a social enterprise run by disabled people for disabled people, they plan to provide disability access consultancy for establishments who want to improve their facilities. They are also offering job coaching and work experience schemes for young people currently based in the Midlands, and are looking for more businesses who can offer these hard-working students work experience placements.

They are on a mission to reach 100,000 access reviews by 2021, and are currently recruiting disabled or able-bodied people with a desire to make the world a more accessible place. These Access Champions will be at the forefront of the accessibility revolution – leading by example and submitting quality access reviews on a weekly basis.

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If you or your company would like to be involved with this landmark project either as a partner, a work experience provider, or a local Access Champion, you can contact Access Rating via the contact page of their website, or on the details below:

Phone: 0116 277 9055

Read the CFAS Autumn Electronic Journal below