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
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.
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