Impaired adults in Britain struggle with everyday tasks like lifting, carrying, and moving. This can be made so much easier in Accessible Hotels. It gives people the chance to get away and be worry-free.
In the UK alone, there are over 11 million people with a limiting long term illness, impairment or disability. Around 6% of children, 16% of working age adults, and 45% of adults over State Pension age are disabled. Over a quarter of these people say that they do not frequently have choice and control over their daily lives. Around a third of these individuals experience difficulties related to their impairment in accessing public, commercial and leisure goods and services. AccessibleHotels.org.uk is working to change attitudes and provision for these valued members of our society.
For a start, Accessible Hotels could benefit:
- 40,000 people with profound and multiple learning disabilities
- 130,000 older people
- 30,000 people with cerebral palsy
- 13,000 people with an acquired brain injury
- 8,500 people with Multiple Sclerosis
- 8,000 people with Spina Bifida
- 500 people with Motor Neurone Disease
And that's not everyone who could benefit from the provision that accessible hotels would provide! There's many other disabilities and difficulties that we haven't mentioned, and that's without mentioning the obvious benefits to friends, family and carers of those affected.
There are many disabled people in the UK, let alone across the globe. Hotels that are truly accessible would make a huge difference to these people, enabling them to explore and enjoy a change of scenery.
The number of people with complex disabilities is not decreasing, and people are living longer than they ever have before, meaning that Accessible Hotels are integral to ensuring the inclusion of the disabled community in everyday activities.
The facts and figures quoted on this page come from the UK Government website, and from a report by Professor James Hogg, University of Dundee, from our friends at the Changing Places campaign. Read the full research (PDF)