How others see us….

We’ve come across a super wee video about accessibility in our fair city.

The video was made by a bunch of energetic teenagers representing Whizz-Kidz which is a London-based national charity whose strapline is “Move a Life Forward”. As their website puts it, Whizz-Kidz is “working hard to transform the lives of disabled children across the UK, supporting them to become confident and independent young adults”.

In the video you’ll see 6 teenagers wending their way in their wheelchairs along the Royal Mile and up the steep, wet, cobbled slope (“lean forward and pray”, as they put it!) to the Castle. You’ll also be able to see how they got on (and off) with our trams. Here’s the link: click here.

Whizz-Kidz might be London-based, but their scope is truly UK-wide. One of their achievements was setting up Kidz Board. This is a panel of 13 – 18 year-old wheelchair users recruited from each region of the UK. Each member represents the interests of young wheelchair users in his or her particular region and together they raise awareness of the challenges facing disabled folk, giving media interviews and helping run campaigns. The Access Panel is hoping to meet the local Edinburgh Kidz Board representative at some stage.

Here’s a link to the website for Whizz-Kidz and Kidz Board where you can learn much more about  these young stars: click here.

Finally, we would like to acknowledge the contribution made by Euan MacDonald towards the production of the video. Euan, who  is Edinburgh born and bred and is a wheelchair user , has created an excellent “online directory” of places up and down the UK which disabled folk might want to visit. The directory includes all types of venue, including restaurants, shopping centres and tourist attractions,    giving details of their accessibility for disabled visitors. Here’s a link to Euan’s website which is called Euan’s Guide. Click here.