You will need
- Pens or pencils
- Sticky notes
- Split into small teams. Give each team an 'Accessibility checklist', some pens, and some sticky notes.
- Each group should use their checklist to explore their meeting place and figure out just how accessible it is. This activity focuses on physical disability, for example, people who use wheelchairs or who find walking difficult.
- Groups should use the checklist to help them explore their meeting place. Where the answer to a question is ‘no’, they should talk about what could be done to make it better. There’s space for them to write their ideas down, if they want to.
- Everyone should gather back together as a group. Did they all find the same things. What were everyone’s ideas for making it better? Could you do anything about any of those ideas? Did anyone think of (or find) anything that wasn’t on their checklist?
This activity helped you to respect others. Why is it important that spaces such as your meeting place are accessible? Why is it important that everyone can access spaces? Were you surprised at what you found? Do you think we can respect people if we don’t also make an effort to include them?
This activity also gave you the chance to care. How do you think it would feel for someone who isn’t able to join in with everything because your meeting place isn’t accessible? How do you think it feels if lots of the world isn’t accessible? How do you think it feels when people have already thought about access, and made sure you can take part? What can we do to make sure disabled people aren’t excluded?