The Big Idea is to create a location centric open data platform containing all the access data available so that disabled people can find vital information by a simple search. Developers can draw on the platform for a variety of creative applications, and a community of users give feedback.
March 2011 - December 2012
Tourism for All UK
At present, disabled people spend hours researching many websites to plan a simple visit to another town. They may also need a depth of detail that is hard to locate. There are also issues of trust and reliability when it comes to getting out and about.
The new platform will effectively mean the information can find you, according to your location. It will also mean that you can be linked to further levels of information should you need it. The source of the information will also be recorded so you can judge reliability, and changes and feedback can be given to inform other users.
To create the platform and associated websites and secure partners to supply the data
Activities» We have the support of British Telecom in building the platform. We are seeking other corporates to sponsor it to provide costs of project management
» We will hold a launch event in March to recruit addtional support and involve the tourism sector more widely
Success will be an operational platform with a public faciing website, and another site regarding the open data licensing for developers
To raise standards of accessibility in time for hosting the Games in 2012, and to collect the data
Activities» To host an industry conference
» To hold an accessibility discovery day, to build on the work of our volunteers
Success will be coverage of all relevant sectors with reliable data, and engagement with stakeholders committed to a high standard of accessible service and facilities.
Long term change will be the routine use of facilities such as hotels, restaurants, pubs, attractions, heritage sites, countryside and recreational facilities by disabled people, so that it will be completely normalised. Statistics show that 11% of overnight trips in England involve a disabled person - but the potential is more like 20%.
The main risk is include not securing sufficient data; we have dealt with this by forming partnerships with key providers, and recruiting volunteers to fill in the gaps.
We post news on our website, www.tourismforall.org.uk; we produce a regular newsletter and e-bulletins; we use social media. Larger donors who require a specific report will be accommodated.
Budget - Project Cost: £50,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £25,000 Technology Creating an app and video material £25,000 Project management Including meetings, travel, phone, admin
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount British Telecom £10,000 Guaranteed
England-wide platform - office base in Kendal, Cumbria, and key people in Somerset, Surrey, Oxford, and Stratford on Avon
Disabled people of all ages and their families and carers, older people, mums with buggies, visitors with heavy luggage or not speaking English
Tourism for All UK has always acted as an umbrella for accessible tourism, bringing all the relevant stakeholders together. We have a long track record in setting standards, providing information to disabled people, and pushing forward the policy agenda.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Sir William Lawrence
Chairman - and networker - a wheelchair user, and prominent member of numerous organisations promoting accessible tourism as well as Local Government
CEO of Tourism for All, and project manager - long track record of successful manager in third sector organisations, tireless facilitator