Shining A Light On Accessibility – Creating Inclusive Environments for All

Invitation to a Guest Lecture ”Shining A Light On Accessibility – Creating Inclusive Environments for All’ with Key Note Speakers Professor Anna Lawson and Lord Chris Holmes 

Friday 20th April 2018 – Prompt start 12.15pm to 1.45pm with coffee and tea from 11.45am. 

There’s a new date for the guest lecture and really hope that Galloway’s service users can come along and support the event.

It would be brilliant if we could fill the room and show how important accessibility is to so many people.   The new date has been arranged for Friday the 20th April 2018 at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston.  People can book through Galloway’s, or by eventbrite, by email to or by phone on 07903 155858.  The event is being held at the Adelphi Building Lecture Theatre TVI.

The event will focus on the accessibility of the urban environment and public realm and is in a direct response to the publication of the Women and Equalities Select Committee  report ‘Building for Equality – Disability and the Urban Environment’.  It is aimed at being a positive event to create a culture of cooperation, to ensure street design is accessible for all and does not create new barriers which prevents independent access for people with disabilities.  Preston City Council has shown exceptional leadership skills in ensuring controlled crossings are part of the road system associated with the new UCLan student services building and we would like to take the discussion further to see how we can improve the accessibility of Preston for all.

We have two outstanding international speakers to lead this debate and discussion Lord Chris Holmes and Professor Anna Lawson.  Professor Anna Lawson is an internationally recognised expert in the UK, EU and United Nations, in the area of equality and disability legislation from Leeds University and Lord Chris Holmes who led the 2012 Paralympic Games in the UK.  Professor Anna Lawson was the legal expert for the Women and Equalities Select Committee into ‘Disability and the Urban Environment’ and Lord Chris Holmes has raised concerns over the use of shared space road design in the House of Lords and gave evidence at the Women and Equalities Select Committee.  There will be a panel discussion during the event, where the President of the National Federation of the Blind of the UK, Andrew Hodgson, will join the two keynote speakers on stage to be part of a question and answer session.

The event will be of interest to students and staff at the University, professional institutions, charities and the public, who have an interest in design, planning, engineering of town centres and public realm, international, national disability and equality law, policy, politics, urban design, film, journalism, media, urban regeneration, master plans, highways and transportation, disability rights, community engagement and consultation, media, accessibility and access for all both in the UK and internationally. It will focus on why inclusive design is critically important to ensure access for all and how attention to detail can ensure access for all. It will also illustrate what happens when the safety and navigable features for disabled people are removed.

The event is being organised by the University of Central Lancashire Guide Dog Society in cooperation with the National Federation of the Blind of the UK and Galloway’s Society for the Blind and is being held in the Adelphi Building, University of Central Lancashire, Adelphi Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 7BE with details given in this link There will also be coffee and tea prior from 11.45am and the event will start at 12.15pm.  Please let me know if you have require assistance, accessibility requirements or parking requirements.

I am positive that it will be a very lively debate and discussion on accessibility and hope that you can make it please.

You can book through this link or by calling us on 01772 744148