We are going to the BDF’s first ever Scottish conference – see you there?

Our Sales Executive Keith Moutter will be going to the Business Disability Forum’s (BDF) first ever Scottish conference on behalf of Recite Me.

Business Disability Forum (BDF) is a not-for-profit member organisation that helps to remove the barriers between public and private organisations and disabled people to make it easier to do business with and employ disabled people.

The free one-day conference, which is titled Disability in Scotland – going places is being hosted by RBS at their Edinburgh Headquarters.

The theme is Going Places and the conference will explore inclusive tourism and the accessibility of Scottish tourist attractions, plus the varied career aspirations of disabled people and progression within the workplace.

The conference also marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), which aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and gain support for the dignity, rights and well-being of disabled people.

Speakers at the conference include Chris McCoy MBE, Equality and Diversity Manager from Visit Scotland, who will be bringing the perspective of business in the vibrant Scottish tourism industry.

Disabled and older tourists from the Scottish domestic market alone spend £1.3 billion pounds in Scotland per year, which represents a 9% rise between 2009 and 2015. And hospitality businesses and tourist attractions can’t afford to miss out on this market. The same goes for transport companies. Especially as Glasgow will host the athletics European Championships in 2018.

Chris McCoy MBE will demonstrate a new access tool developed with Visit England that will help businesses in Scotland showcase how they welcome disabled tourists.

We’re very keen to learn about the new tool as we understand accessibility and how organisations can make sure they can reach the widest possible audience online.

Organisations like Great Western Railway (GWR) and Arriva UK Bus already use Recite Me to make their websites accessible and inclusive to older and disabled people, and those who don’t speak English as a first language. We think this is a great chance to learn about what’s happening with accessibility and inclusion in the Scottish tourism industry and we are sure it will be a great success.

Are you going to the event? If you see Keith at the event please feel free to go and say hello. He’s always keen to chat about accessibility and inclusion and how we can help your organisation to reach the widest possible audience through your website.

Also, tweet us @reciteme to let us know if you’re going, we look forward to hearing from you and joining the debate about accessibility and inclusion in Scotland.

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