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Disability detectives

How accessible is your meeting place? Turn into a top team of disability detectives and find out.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Pens or pencils
Detective cards
PDF – 106.3KB

Discuss disability

  1. Everyone should sit in a circle. The person leading the activity should ask if anyone knows what ‘disability’ means, and whether anyone can name any ways people can be disabled.
  2. The person leading the activity should help everyone understand what a disability is, and different ways people may be disabled.
  1. The person leading the game should explain that disabled people are often excluded and left out from activities, events, and experiences because they haven’t been designed to include everyone. They should explain that we can change things to make them more inclusive so everyone can join in.
  2. Everyone should think of ways they’ve seen things made accessible. For example, have they seen a ramp on a bus, or a bus that says the stops out loud? Have they seen museums with displays in braille or videos with subtitles?
  3. Everyone should split into groups of between four and six people. The person leading the activity should give each group a Disability detective card, a pencil or pen, and a helper who’s a confident reader.
  1. Each group should work together to explore their meeting place. What makes it safe and accessible for the people on their card? Is there anything that could be changed to make their meeting place more accessible?
  1. Once each group has filled their card with discoveries, everyone should gather back together in a circle. They should gather in the middle of the space, so they can see as much of it as possible without needing to move.
  2. Each group should share some of their findings. If they found something that wasn’t very accessible, everyone should share their suggestions about what they could do to improve the space: maybe they’ll fundraise to buy a ramp, or make some signs in larger print.

Reflection

This activity helped you to respect others. Why is it important to make sure spaces are accessible? How accessible was your meeting place—what things (good and bad) did you notice? People may have noticed things like stairs, high up handles, switches, or cupboards, or a lot of written notices.

This activity also helped you to care. Imagine if you were disabled and came to join in all of the fun. Think about one way of being disabled you’ve talked about today. Closing your eyes may help you think more clearly. How accessible are your meeting place and activities? How do you think you’d feel before you came for the first time, if you weren’t sure if you’d be included? How would it feel if you were included? What about if you were left out? Everyone should open their eyes. You can do a lot to make sure people are included: you can be welcoming and make sure you include people in your games and activities, and you can try to make sure the people in charge of activities and places make changes so everyone can take part.

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.