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Try It! The UCL Access Challenge

On 30 Jan 2015 Hannah posted in Events, Featured, News

Try It! The UCL Access Challenge

On February 12th, Mapping for Change will be participating in a series of  activities designed to raise awareness about access issues on the UCL campus.

University College London is based near central London, close to major cultural hubs such as Soho and the British Library, and just along the road from King’s Cross St Pancras International station. It’s a fantastic place to work or study, and was recently ranked within the top 5 universities worldwide. However, as a relatively historic university, founded and constructed during the early nineteenth century, its built environment is not the most accommodating for those with limited mobility.

That’s why Mapping for Change are teaming up with the Student Union and other campus organisations and asking people to Try It: learn more about disability and accessibility, and take the UCL access challenge! Activities will run from 11am-3pm in the main quad, and there’ll be plenty to get involved in. Staff, students, and anyone passing can experience the following:

Educate yourself challenge:

  • Come visit our stalls and activities
  • Chat to disabled people about their experiences
  • Learn more about the apps and other equipment people use to overcome barriers

Give it a go challenge:

  •  Experience what it’s like to navigate UCL as a disabled person through a series of tasks

A day in the life challenge:

  • Become an access challenge champion and spend a day of your life experiencing some of the daily challenges disabled people face
  • Those who make this commitment will be asked to make a record of their day and to share back their learning which will then be circulated to the wider UCL community.

Mapping for Change will be manning a stall and chatting to people about our My Accessible EU project. We will have information about the project, and will offer the opportunity to try out some apps designed for people with limited mobility. We will also be designing an activity for the ‘give it a go’ challenge – more details to follow!

For more information about the day, and to get involved, visit the website here.

To find out more about getting involved, please email v.baars@ucl.ac.uk, or contact r.payne@mappingforchange.org.uk to team up with Mapping for Change.

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