Blue Badge Access Awards – The Only Awards That Celebrate Exceptional Accessibility Globally
From the beginning, Blue Badge Style has provided the detailed information about venues that anyone with any disability needs. Everyone should be able to go out enjoy life and not have to make multiple calls to see if a place is suitable for their needs. That’s exactly what a BBS Gallery provides. They’re a photographic journey through a building for people with any kind of disability. Presented on websites, just like a standard gallery, they highlight accessible features as well as potential obstacles. Blue Badge Style wants all venues to adopt a BBS Gallery especially as nowhere is 100% accessible to everyone!
So to promote and encourage good accessibility we want venues to aspire to the TheBlue Badge Access Awards, created in partnership withBespoke Access and Leonard Cheshire , they are the only awards that reward exceptional accessibility at venues and buildings worldwide. Previous Blue Badge Style Award winners have included No.10 Downing St. (Above & Beyond Award), M Restaurants (Best Accessible Restaurant) & Brook Green Pavilion (Best accessible loo). Join us at the launch of the awards on 17th October, 4-5pm at Olympia & the Independent Hotel Show where Bespoke Access, Leonard Cheshire and Blue Badge style will establish the leading awards of their kind.
The Awards include a ‘UK-led international competition that rewards the best design and ideas for improving the experience of disabled people when booking and staying in hotel’. They will also celebrate exceptional venues and corporate organisations who have gone the extra mile to create accessibility for all, with a ceremony in 2019. The Awards include not only the coveted Best Accessible Loo Award but also a ‘People’s Choice Award’. The launch event will set out how the competition will work, including the sponsors, supporters, judges and the prizes.
As part of the awards the BLADE Trophies will given to venues that have exceptional accessibility every October.
The one award everyone wants to win is ‘Best Accessible Loo’ and the one no one wants to receive is ‘Ludicrous Loo’. The 2017 BLADE Award winners were, Best Accessible Loo, Brook Green Pavilion & Most Ludicrous Loo Tom’s Kitchen – a good loo rendered useless by chair storage!!
Anyone can nominate their favourite place and the next ceremony will be in October 2019. Nominations open in October 2018 and close in April 2019. You can nominate your favourite place on our Facebook page (Blue Badge Style) or through our website ‘submit a review’ or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
So, you can see Blue Badge Style are more than just a website and App, we are a movement that wants to change the view of disability by making everything and everywhere inclusive, breaking down imaginary barriers between able and not so able people. After all, anyone can become disabled once in their lives even if it’s just a broken leg!