Access All Areas | Focus on Spinal Injury | Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell examine the accessibility of live music to disabled people.

Access All Areas looks at the experience of people with a disability at music festivals, our campaign to highlight both the problems they face when seeing live music, as well as their positive experiences at those venues that are fully accessible to people with a disability.

We’ve sent two wheelchair users to some of the big summer festivals to find out what improvements can be made, as well as identifying the positive aspects of the festival experience for people with a disability.

Rosie Mayes is one of the people we’ve asked to look at the accessibility of summer festivals. A client of Irwin Mitchell, six years ago Rosie was involved in a road traffic collision that left her tetraplegic, with only a limited amount of movement in her right arm. She spent 10 days in intensive care and was in hospital for a further 10 months, recovering from severe spinal injuries.

We also asked Charlotte Fairbank, a paralegal working in our Bristol office, to report on her experience of music festivals. In 2007, she was left paraplegic and a wheelchair user, after falling off a hay bale. However, she remains extremely independent, beginning a four year university course in 2010 which included a year in Italy. She’s now very active, playing tennis and swimming once a week.

Follow Rosie and Charlotte’s reviews at: #IMAccessAllAreas