The move comes ahead of legislation that compels leisure service providers to ensure toilets and other physical features are accessible to disabled customers by 1 October 2004.
The charity is encouraging disabled people to go on a ‘Big Night Out’ on the eve that the Disability Discrimination Act comes into force. Scope is asking them to survey whether local leisure facilities measure up to the requirements of the new law.
It plans to use the results of the survey to ‘name and shame’ the worst venues and reward the best with a ‘bog standard’ award. If necessary, it will also use the findings to lobby the Government to ensure the act is fully enforced.
It is targeting consumer and health press along with national and regional newspapers, entertainment and leisure services media and specialist publications.