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mac offers free activities as part of Disabled Access Day

Disabled visitors, their friends and families can enjoy a day of creative free events and activities this Saturday 12 March, as part of national Disabled Access Day at mac birmingham. Now in its second year and mac’s first year of involvement, the key aim of the day is to encourage disabled people to visit somewhere new, whether it’s an eatery, museum, sports centre or an arts centre. The day of activities have been kindly funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery and will run from 10am – 4pm throughout the day. The activities are suitable for all abilities and can be booked on the day.

The day at mac will be a great opportunity for disabled children, young people, their families and friends to enjoy a taste of the many classes on offer at mac as part of its general learning and participation programme. Free workshops include:
• printmaking
• poetry - using found objects such as magazine cuttings and visual aids to produce
• pottery
• painting and drawing using different body parts to formulate a visual image
• Animation
• Pottery
• Music making with mac’s band in residence - Switch
• Relaxed art classes for 5-11 year olds – suitable for those on the autistic spectrum or those with a disability

mac’s cinema will also screen three films – free of charge:
Power in our hands – a ground-breaking documentary on the Deaf community's fight for civil rights
Special People – a filmmakers last ditch attempt to create a cinematic masterpiece with a group of disabled teenagers
Fixed - The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement takes a close look at the drive to be “better than human”. The film will be followed by a Q&A.

Local organisations including Whizz Kidz, Project Aspie, who work with individuals with Aspergers and Queen Alexander College, a national college for learners with disabilities, will also have stalls on the day.

Claire Marshall, Creative and Partnerships Director at mac birmingham said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for disabled people, their friends and families to enjoy the best that mac has to offer. We’re keen to alleviate barriers to art and cultural engagement and with funding support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we have a day that can be enjoyed by all, whatever their abilities. We hope our visitors, both old and new have a great time."

Ruth Owen, Chief Executive of Whizz-Kidz, said: “We are delighted that mac birmingham is marking Disabled Access Day with free activities for young disabled people and their families. This fantastic opportunity was made possible because of the generous contributions made by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Whizz-Kidz Ambassadors and young wheelchair users will have the chance to visit somewhere new that is inclusive for all disabled people. This excellent collaboration with mac birmingham and the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, demonstrates that organisations across all sectors can come together and campaign for better access in leisure activities for disabled people. We are delighted to be part of this fun-filled day.”

Disabled Access Day was developed by Euan MacDonald, Founder of Euan’s Guide, which features disabled access reviews from disabled people, their friends and families. Supporters of Euan’s guide include JK Rowling and Stephen Hawking.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for disabled people, their friends and families to enjoy the best that mac has to offer. We’re keen to alleviate barriers to art and cultural engagement and with funding support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we have a day that can be enjoyed by all, whatever their abilities. We hope our visitors, both old and new have a great time."

Claire Marshall, Creative and Partnerships Director, mac birmingham

“We are delighted that mac birmingham is marking Disabled Access Day with free activities for young disabled people and their families. This fantastic opportunity was made possible because of the generous contributions made by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Whizz-Kidz Ambassadors and young wheelchair users will have the chance to visit somewhere new that is inclusive for all disabled people. This excellent collaboration with mac birmingham and the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, demonstrates that organisations across all sectors can come together and campaign for better access in leisure activities for disabled people. We are delighted to be part of this fun-filled day.”

Ruth Owen, Chief Executive, Whizz-Kidz