Praises Access Event At Leeds Playhouse
A globetrotter from Leeds has spoken out on the importance of being able to “live life to the full” thanks to improvements in disabled access.
Max Muteliso, originally from Alwoodley, was 20 when he was involved in a road traffic collision, sustaining a fractured skull and internal bleeding to his brain. He was left having to use a wheelchair.
However, Max worked closely with specialist serious injury and court of protection lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to rebuild his life. At the age of 37, he now spends his time travelling the world and has written books based on his experiences.
He has now joined with his legal team to mark this year’s Disabled Access Day, which took place on Monday 16 March, by speaking out on how vital it is that people with disabilities are given access to the same places and opportunities as everyone else.
Earlier this month, Max was among a number of people invited to attend Leeds Playhouse to watch a production of Oliver Twist. Joining him were legal experts from national law firm Irwin Mitchell, currently the principal capital partner and access partner of the playhouse.
Expert Opinion“The playhouse is a brilliant example of how people with disabilities are able to enjoy the same experiences as everyone else.
The venue is designed in such a way that all attendees, no matter what physical or mental impairment they have, are provided with whatever requirements they need to access the entertainment.
Everyone had a great evening!”
Joanne Fraser - Partner
Following the show, Max was invited to meet the actors involved.
He said: “I was very impressed to learn that most of the people who took part in Oliver Twist were deaf or disabled themselves. The levels of inclusion were refreshing.”
Max is not afraid of a challenge and has travelled to several countries on his own. While he encounters issues with accessibility at times, he thrives to find a solution.
Meanwhile, Max believes that disabled accessibility is getting better in the UK. He said: “Leeds is a city which has made a lot of improvements with regards to disabled access. I would like to acknowledge that the local buses are by and large accessible. Platform lifts are a common feature of many of the places in the city centre, and even the historical buildings like the Corn Exchange are now accessible by disabled people.
“My wheelchair is part of me, and it is fantastic to see the changes that have been made to assist me in getting about. I only hope this continues so others like me can live life to the full.”