Rob Trent, AccessAdvisr

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Update, April 2018

The result of the AccessAdvisr prize draw is now in!

Every review posted from February till the end of March was included, and the enthusiastic response included reviews from all around Great Britain, as well as Norway and the Czech Republic.

The winning entry was selected at random: Debbie Fisk’s accessibility review of The Loch Fyne Seafood & Grill Restaurant, Gosforth.

When told of their prize they replied:

“We are crowdfunding for a new wheelchair for Jay so if you could donate to his GoFundMe page, pinned on my twitter page on @debbo_fisko. The local charity I’d like to support is the little silver hedgehog. Thank you for brightening our day”.

The prize was £50 for the reviewer and £50 for the charity of their choice.

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The guest blog below is written by Rob Trent, who was inspired to set up AccessAdvisr, because of his own experiences travelling, and finding out how accessible – or not – different destinations are.

He is also a talented mouth artist – click here to go straight down the page to more information

I’m Rob Trent, co-founder and Managing Director of AccessAdvisr.

Rob Trent, MD of AccessAdvisrI’m disabled (a power wheelchair user) and of an age where I can remember a time before such wheelchairs were commonplace, and travelling in a ‘Guards van’ (look it up youngsters!) was the only way for a wheelchair user like me to travel by train.

As for buses – forget it! Going to places required lots of pre-planning and even more luck.

Going out was a hit and miss experience

It never stopped me, mind. I spent a lot of time in my teens visiting mostly inaccessible football grounds, watching gigs at mostly inaccessible indoor and outdoor venues, and drinking in pubs where it was possible to be barred on Health & Safety grounds.

When I did go out, I’d often not know if I would be allowed to go to the place I wanted. Also it would have been great to share my experiences so that other disabled people could make decisions for themselves.
 
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The advent of the internet changed that

Fed up with the lack of real-time ‘user-experiences’, I co-developed AccessAdvisr with Integrated Transport Planning (ITP).

AccessAdvisr provides a real-world view of how easy-to-access different places (including transport stops) are for disabled people.

Disabled people can add their own reviews, with photos, and tell us not just whether a place is physically accessible, but also whether the service (or customer experience) was good.

User reviews from around the world

We’re not just getting accessibility reviews from the UK either. We’ve had reviews of hotels and destinations from as diverse places as Romania, the United States and Gran Canaria.

We’ve even had reviews from accessible Safari Parks in South Africa.
 
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Other AccessAdvisr resources

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AccessAdvisr also has a sister site spreading the accessibility word for Australia at www.accessadvisr.com.au

AccessAdvisr is growing, and it is much more than just the website.

We have a Facebook accessibility chat group of currently 140 members.

We can be followed on Twitter (@accessadvisr), and we have our own YouTube channel of accessibility videos

Why not share your accessibility experiences with us?

 
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Rob Trent’s career in art

Robert Trent was born with arthrogryposis, a condition affecting the joints and muscular development.

From the age of 6 he attended Chailey Heritage Special School where he was taught to be as independent as possible. This is where he first developed an interest in art, encouraged by an early tutor who recognised his potential.

However, painting took a back seat as Rob excelled at academic subjects and was determined to achieve the qualifications that would enable him to be financially independent.

With a BSc in Information Systems, he started working for Ordnance Survey in Southampton and took up painting once more as a spare time occupation.

Rob joined the MFPA (Mouth and Foot Painting Artists) as a Student member in 1998, and was delighted to see one of his paintings of the Houses of Parliament chosen as a Christmas card image.

Promoted to Associate Member Artist in 2013, he now tries to spend as much time as possible painting and developing his considerable talent as an artist.

‘I was introduced to the MFPA as early as my sixth year by a home tutor who encouraged me to paint by holding the brush in my mouth. Since then I have loved painting, and the MFPA has given me the freedom to develop as an artist’

 
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2 Responses to “Rob Trent, AccessAdvisr”

  1. Quingo July 5, 2017 at 11:47 am #

    Fantastic site and I have shared it through our social media. Keep up the good work!

  2. Geoffrey Bosworth February 28, 2018 at 10:08 am #

    A very good site from each one of the topics that cover a great deal of topics. I live in hope one day I get the correct technology for my needs, and keep being palm language not yet. Thank you for dedicated work and updates for all Independent Living readers

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