Production of this guide was commissioned by Tourism South-East on behalf of Accentuate, a transformational programme of 15 projects, inspired by the Paralympic Movement.  It was produced by Outside the Box, a team of disabled Consultants in East Sussex comprising of Theresa Hodge, Kristina Veasey, Charles Ellis and Andrew Bruce.

This best practice guidance is for Local Authorities wishing to carry out a destination access audit.  Its aim is to take you through the different key stages of the process.  Destination access audits assess the experience of disabled visitors with mobility, visual and hearing impairments, from arrival to what they encounter around the destination. This includes public transport links, parking, WC provision, as well as accessibility to shops, restaurants, parks and tourist attractions.  Recommendations are made on how barriers to access can be removed.  

Date: September 2012

Having been the Inclusion member on the Heritage Open Days Steering Group for the past two years, in 2012 Theresa Hodge became Disability Access Advisor for the Hastings and St Leonards Heritage Open Days programme.

Theresa advised the Steering Group on how to make the 2012 programme booklet accessible to disabled people, which included making sure that appropriate access information was provided about the different events so that disabled people could make informed decisions about which events to attend.  She also worked with event organisers to implement low-cost solutions to make their events accessible.  This included:

  • Producing information to accompany a tour of St Leonards Parish Church in large print
  • Organising a sign language interpreted tour of St Leonards Parish Church
  • Producing audio labels (using a Penfriend labeller )to accompany photographs shown in an exhibition of the Burton St Leonards Society
  •  Organising a sign language interpreted walk around Hastings Old Town

“With Our Wheelchairs We Are Enabled; Without Our Wheelchairs We Are Disabled” was the title of a report produced as a result of a review into the experiences of people requiring support from the Wheelchair Service in East Sussex around the services that they receive. The aim of the review was to highlight areas of good practice as well as areas for suggested improvement.

A review group, including six current service users and a specialist adviser, was set up, and Theresa Hodge was commissioned as independent researcher to oversee this research project.

Date: April 2011

This Support Pack was produced as part of the East Sussex User-Led Organisations Demonstrator Site project, funded by the Department of Health.  Theresa Hodge was commissioned by East Sussex Disability Association (ESDA) to manage the project

The ULO Demonstrator Site project took place from October 2009 to March 2010. It was led by a team of disabled consultants (Theresa Hodge, Sarah Playforth and Jeni Price-Lupton) working on behalf of ESDA and it enabled a number of organisations working with disabled people and carers to receive a package of training and consultancy support to help them work towards becoming user-led organisations.

The project also provided a mentoring programme, where disabled people were provided with work experience opportunities. Each of the mentees worked alongside a disabled consultant to provide support to the participating organisations, and some also became members of the Project Board which oversaw the work of the project.

The ULO Support Pack aims to provide voluntary and community (third) sector organisations with the information that they need to enable them to work towards becoming a ULO.  

Date: March 2010


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