Disability Action Yorkshire supports Purple Tuesday

Pictured are Disability Action Yorkshire Think Access Co-ordinator Josh McCormack, and Disability Action Yorkshire Chief Executive Jackie Snape

A Harrogate charity has taken part in an international day of action to promote accessibility in the high street.

Disability Action Yorkshire was at the town’s Victoria Shopping Centre for Purple Tuesday 2019, which is focused on changing the customer experience for disabled people.

Across the UK, the Purple Pound – the consumer spending power of disabled people and their families – is worth £249 billion and is rising by an average of 14 per cent a year.

During the day, Disability Action Yorkshire staff were giving out information about its Think Access Campaign, which is designed to encourage shops, businesses, public transport providers and attractions to become accessible to all.

Josh McCormack, Disability Action Yorkshire’s newly appointed Think Access Co-ordinator, said: “Whilst businesses have gone to great efforts over the last few years to become more inclusive and accessible, there is still a long way.

“The Purple Pound is worth hundreds-of-billions-of-pounds of year in the UK alone, and businesses who go that extra mile can reap the rewards.

“Becoming accessible and improving customer experience for disabled people makes huge economic sense.

“I’d like to thank Victoria Shopping Centre for giving us this opportunity, and any businesses wishing to find out more about how they can become accessible should get in touch with me.”


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