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Earth Day 2019 – supporting the environment and accessibility

Conor is AccessAble’s Northern Ireland Champion. He has a neurological disability called Spinal Muscular Atrophy ( SMA). This is a muscle wasting condition, which affects Conor’s  strength, but doesn’t affect his attitude to life.   Connor has a passion for Powerchair Football and other sports 

In his latest blog post for AccessAble, Conor tells us how passionate he feels about Earth Day and the impact it has for disabled people, let alone the earth itself. 

AccessAble Champion for Northern Ireland Conor O Kane

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day now includes events in more than 193 countries, which are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. We are already saving our wonderful world in various ways from all the major recycling projects to fighting against global warming issues. 

One campaign to save the earth that I have really taken notice of is the shift to going paperless, and AccessAble can help with just that. There are so many advantages to going paperless for disabled people, including helping save the world.

AccessAble  is a great resource for finding accessible places, the Access Guides have loads of detail to help you avoid arriving at a venue and finding out that it’s not accessible. AccessAble has an App and  website that you can check out with tens of thousands of places listed, I love this App because it gives me the independence that I need to go on many adventures. Because all of this information is internet and App based, it’s naturally paperless – a great thing for the planet.

For me personally, I’m not able to physically hold a book, open my own letters and I even find it difficult to sign my own name on occasions. So by going paperless along with modern technology, I’m now gaining more independence as most documents I now need are easily accessed from my phone and I can read them in my own time without much assistance. I get to keep my privacy and don’t require people to open my letters and I have easier access to important documents where ever I go.

I have found a new passion for reading as I now can use audiobooks. I also love that I can now use contactless payments, leaving me no longer having to disclose my pin number or bank information. Going paperless and using the AccessAble App has helped me in so many ways, as well as giving me a sense of spontaneity – I don’t have to research and plan before I go out, I can pull out my phone, open the App and find accessible places close to my location.

Are you interested in finding new venues that are accessible to you, or discovering the closet facilities to you at the last minute?

Downloading the AccessAble App or searching on the website will take away all the stress and the questions you may have about the venues or locations you wish to visit. Check it out today, adventure awaits.

Search on or download our free App to use AccessAble on the go. 

AccessAble Champion