Hello there and welcome to my blog! I thought I would explain a little about who I am and why I’ve decided to set up this website.
Who is Able Emily?
I am a twenty-something from the North East of England. I love travelling, photography and being outside! I have a condition which means my mobility is impaired, therefore I use crutches full-time and a manual wheelchair whenever I leave my home. I am determined to continue to do the things I love and get out in the world and enjoy it, even on my most difficult days. Unfortunately, I know all too well how difficult it can be for disabled people to do this… but I am determined to be part of the change and make the world a bit more accessible for everyone!
What is the aim?
This website has been set up in the hope that I can help people who face challenges as a result of disability and chronic conditions to get out and about and enjoy themselves. After finding myself needing a wheelchair, I discovered that the vast majority of UK attractions do not have much (if any) information on their websites regarding accessibility.
Going out to an attraction when you have a mobility impairment can be difficult in itself without the added stress of being unsure whether you will be able to manage to get around safely. My main aim then is to empower disabled people to live the life they choose and to reduce the anxiety that we often face when going out somewhere new for the first time. I’m hoping to do this by providing as much information as possible about the suitability of as many UK attractions as I can.
Whilst I am never paid to do reviews by the attractions themselves; I usually email them a link to my review afterwards. This has led to increased awareness at the minimum; but already managers have informed me that as a result of reading my reviews they are looking into making changes to improve disabled visitors’ experiences. Staff also seem to value the opportunity to be able to see their attraction from the perspective of a disabled visitor.
I’m hoping that in the not too distant future I will be able to add some new pages to my site to share some personal experiences and practical advice for living with a disability.
Thank you for visiting my page, and I hope you find my reviews useful!