The MAIN project (Manchester Access and Inclusion Network) has been funded by the Big Lottery until April 2015 and are working with disabled people and communities in Manchester to:
- Develop knowledge of barriers to access and disabled people’s rights to access;
- Develop campaigns and strategies for improving access for disabled people;
- Provide accessible information for Manchester residents and visitors;
- Develop skills in carrying out access surveys;
- Involve more disabled people in networking and outreach events;
- Work with a range of communities in dealing with access issues;
- Provide the opportunity of gaining recognised accreditation in access audit skills;
- Develop our online activities through social networks and accessible websites;
- Encourage debates and provide information online around access issues;
- Provide training courses on access issues, legislation and guidance, taking and editing images for online activities and information, creating and monitoring accessible websites and using social networks.
- Contribute to the development of new inclusive design guidance and provide a manual of suggestions for other access groups;
- Contribute to local, regional and national consultations on access issues.
MAIN activities for 2014 – 2015
- Training disabled people to be NRAC accredited access auditors including training on planning and building control, images, report writing, wayfinding and signage, impairments specific barriers, fire regulations, reading plans, construction issues, access standards.
- Campaigns and activities, including surveys for the MFDF, review of Lloyd Street design as a result of accidents, Xmas Market reviews, parks and open spaces in Manchester and support for voluntary organisations and neighbourhood groups. Various campaigns and activities are added following requests and issues raised by disabled people.
- National Accreditation of MDPAG’s training
- Improving our social networking activities and information
Previous MAIN Activities
Our previous MAIN activities and training have included the following activities:
- Understanding the Social and Medical Models of Disability and using the Social Model
- Impairment specific barriers including mobility issues, deaf awareness, working with stroke survivors
- Terminology and clear print guidelines
- Accessible websites
- Taking and selecting images for access reports
- Access audit skills including using access audit tools
- Equality Act
- Design for Access 2 standards
- Access audits and surveys, including visit to the Contact Theatre, a synagogue, potential polling stations in Manchester and Christmas Markets 2013/2014
- Surveys for local voluntary organisations