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conjunction with community media support have launched a brand new initiative for evacuation related topics and issues. This new Magazine will concentrate on all forms of evacuation and features case studies in-depth reviews of equipment, aides and support services. We are an international biannual magazine that believes will appeal to businesses, who have to consider emergency evacuation. These can range from; Hotels, universities and hospitals to local authority/public buildings, sports stadia / music festivals and Airports. The potential market is a vast diverse spectrum of society and aims to increase awareness around not only fire evacuation, but to include all form of emergency evacuation situations. This free Magazine is the quick and easy way to receive information dedicated to busy professionals. Free registrations are available to professionals in the evacuation marketplace. Using our service to subscribe to magazine is the best way to obtain the industry news, trends, tips, techniques and information you need to get the job done. The free magazine is hoped to show industry best practices and standards, comparison of international policy and delivery systems. The Key elements of the magazine ‘EVACUATE international’ dedicated editorials for five market sectors: Travel and Tourism Education Medical Retail and leisure Public buildings.


Within each sector will be spotlight article specific to that sector which will include product reviews, case studies, in-depth investigation into major evacuation events and contacts database of support and informational services

QUOTES “indoor Sat Nav is just around the corner” Joint University project to start in the new academic year

“Duty of care, booking a holiday when and where does it start” Travel and insurance companies highlight possible legal grey area

“Edinburgh’s business tourism sector has received a substantial boost with the news of a successful bid win that will bring a far reaching legacy for the city” WORLD CONGRESS BOOSTS EDINBURGH ECONOMY AND ACCESSIBILITY CREDENTIALS

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Edinburgh Conference 2015 With the disabled community having over £80 billion pounds to spend annually there is a very strong case for this area to be tapped into. “I hope you all have an enjoyable and interesting Conference” “I would like to welcome all delegates and speakers to ‘The Hub’ in Edinburgh. Over the last few years my company ‘Access and Evac-U-8’ have organised major CPD Conferences on varied subjects ranging from the ‘Legacy of the Olympic Games’ and the ‘Future of Accessible Sport in Great Britain’, to ‘Emergency Evacuation’ and from ‘The Accessible Britain Challenge’ to last year’s event at the Emirates Stadium in London where the subject was ‘Emergency Evacuation and Competency’ To-days CPD subject is ‘The Power of the Disability Pound and the Benefits to Businesses and Society’. The spending power of the ‘Purple Pound’ has been talked about for some time now, so I thought it would be opportune to have a Conference about this interesting subject, and the benefits that businesses can gain by making their property and services accessible to disabled people.

Mike Elkerton NRAC (Auditor) Member of the National Register of Access Consultants Chair Access Association, North West Region. CPD Officer Access Association NW Region CEO Access & Evac-U-8 Ltd

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VisitScotland As Scotland’s national tourism organisation, VisitScotland’s principle role is to market Scotland to the world as a tourism destination and attract as many visitors to Scotland as possible. We provide information, inspiration and quality assurance to visitors and potential visitors to ensure that they get the best out of a visit to Scotland, and provide quality advice to our industry partners to help them meet – and strive to exceed – visitors' expectations.

At VisitScotland we believe that tourism is leading economic transformation across Scotland – it creates jobs, sustains communities and provides a critical shop window for business activity across all sectors. We work in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders to deliver on a local, national and international stage, creating economic benefit  for every corner of Scotland.

Paul Carter

He has presented a range of programmes and short films for BBC’s Inside Out strand, on a diverse range of topics. His most recent project, a one-hour documentary called Half Man Standing for London Live saw him attempt to go from novice standup to The Comedy Store in just two weeks, without making reference to his disability As an experienced NCTJ-trained journalist Paul has written pieces for The Times, The Telegraph and The Mirror before moving to Disability Now magazine, where he spent 4 years interviewing everyone from Prime Ministers to Paralympians, campaigners to comedians, before taking the leap of faith into the scary but brilliant world of television production

In 2013, tourism contributed £4.6 billion to the Scottish economy. An impressive £1.5 billion of this was contributed by visitors in the Accessible Tourism market. In recognition of the necessity and demand for high-quality tourism services for visitors in this market, VisitScotland has established a dedicated programme of activity focused on identifying and promoting the opportunities presented by Accessible Tourism in Scotland.

As a company director of Markthree Media, Paul became involved in making television programmes for all of the major broadcasters, and has presented prime time TV and radio programmes for the BBC, as well as directing and producing programmes, corporate films, promotional videos and charity fundraising films. He was also a producer on the BAFTA -winning London 2012 Paralympic Games coverage on Channel 4 In late 2012, he set-up his own media and production company, Little Man Media, which delivers television and radio programmes, and broadcastquality corporate/commercial films with an emphasis on community and diversity.

TOURISM Led by Chris McCoy, VisitScotland’s Equality and Diversity Manager, the Accessible Tourism programme covers a diverse range of activity, including raising awareness among Scottish tourism businesses of the ‘business case’ for Accessible Tourism. The conference on the disability pound and the benefit to business, builds a case for Accessible Tourism in Scotland

SPOTLIGHT Paul has been nominated for an RTS award for the Best Investigative Report in 2013 and in 2010 Mark-Three media, under Paul’s direction, was nominated for the Production Company of the Year Award by Production Base. Paul is also an authority on disability issues and has featured as an expert on radio and television stations across the world


Professor Marcus G Ormerod SURFACE Inclusive Design Research Group, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford. Marcus is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor by profession, and undertook the accreditation process of the National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC). As Professor of Inclusive Design at the University of Salford, and Director of the SURFACE Inclusive Design Research Centre, founded in 1995, Marcus is engaged in research, teaching and consultancy on accessibility of the built environment. He codeveloped a unique internet distance taught MSc course on accessibility and inclusive design, and has provided training, consultancy and access audits for both public and private sector organisations. Marcus is passionate about how to remove barriers within the everyday built environment in order to improve accessibility and quality of life for everyone, however, particularly for disabled people and older people, such that active and independent ageing can become a meaningful reality. He is leading on the built environment aspects of the Salford Institute for Dementia

Lynda Dalgleish With considerable experience in both the public and private sectors, Lynda joined The Royal Yacht Britannia in 2011 from the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick, where she played a key role in establishing it as a leading UK wildlife attraction. Prior to that, she was Head of Communications at SportScotland, responsible for the re-branding of Scotland's national sport agency. Her earlier career was heading up the marketing for the internationally acclaimed Montgomery Exhibitions. She cherishes her role at Britannia and is justifiably proud of her team's achievements in providing the highest levels of customer experience every day at the UK’s No.1 Attraction

Maria Zedda Maria Zedda is the Lead Consultant for Accessibility Services at the Shaw Trust and delivers commercial services such as Access Audits of built environments and Disability Equality and Inclusive Service Training. Maria leads on disability, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and customer service provision in the context of the Equality Act 2010. She was noted in the Disability News Service as one of UK´s Top Influential Disabled People of 2013 and 2014. She was chairperson of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Disability Community Engagement Group, and ensured that the views of local disability organisations and accessibility issues were accounted for in the delivery of the Games

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Chris Veitch Chris Veitch is an independent consultant with wide experience in the field of accessible tourism. After gaining a First Class degree in Tourism Management, he was a policy executive in the English Tourism Council (ETC) managing projects to improve the accessibility of tourism in England, In 2003 he set up his own practice. Currently involved in significant European projects, as well as working with VisitEngland and VisitScotland, to help develop and promote Accessible Tourism. He has collaborated in writing a number of papers on this subject and is a regular guest speaker at conferences in Europe. He is also a guest lecturer at universities in the UK and Europe

Marina DiDuca Marina is External Communications Manager at VisitScotland with responsibilities for developing and delivering corporate and business communications. Marina has spent her entire 28 year career working in tourism in a diverse range of roles such as membership, marketing, market intelligence, internal communications and laterally external communications.

During her career she has been involved in the development of a number of high profile Edinburgh projects such as the Edinburgh City Card and Edinburgh City Brand. She also managed a membership scheme for Edinburgh and Lothians Tourist Board for over five years, growing the membership number from 50 businesses to over 1,500 in three years. Marina has extensive experience of change management and was employed, by Scottish Tourist Board as their Internal Communications manager managing staff communication during a merger of 14 separate tourist board into one in new organisation.

Anthony Rice Is a director with Access and Evacu8 and responsible for the new phone App's evacu8me and DirectMii. Anthony has many years experience as a disability access officer working with disabled young people within a large Local authority. He is renowned for his innovative approach to creating a more positive inclusive society with concepts on reverse inclusion, breaking down barriers and the introduction of new digital support systems

Euan MacDonald MBE Euan’s Guide The Disabled Access review web site In 2003, Euan MacDonald MBE noticed a loss of power in his thumb when trying to change gear on his bike. It seemed innocuous at the time but two months later he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. The idea of Euan’s Guide came to Euan and his sister Kiki. Despite using a wheelchair, I still wanted to go out to new places but only find out if access is suitable through a process of trial and error. Throughout the years, my family has built up a local directory on disabled access. We thought that there must be thousands of people who have the same issues so we set up the web site to share our experiences and learn from others. Euan’s Guide aims to be a friendly, honest & empowering alternative to hours of web searching and phone calls and, most importantly, remove the fear of the unknown when visiting a venue for the first time Euan’s Guide is endorsed by Professor Stephen Hawking and JK Rowling


As Founder of MASIS,( refer to the website I am delighted to have been invited by Accessandevacu8 to write this editorial for inclusion in the first edition of the magazine. Approximately 20% of the United Kingdom’s population are affected by disabilities and this is before taking into account the many millions more individuals who undertake the valuable roles of carers. I therefore believe that it is reasonably accurate to state that about 32% of the population are directly or indirectly affected by disability. During the many years of voluntary work I have undertaken (I am also National Vice-President of the Disabled Motorists Federation), I have all too often been made aware of the fact that the needs of disabled people, their carers and families are overlooked. They are still often excluded from society and especially where issues relating to education, employment, recreation and other requirements are concerned are prevented from as leading as normal as possible lifestyle to those experienced by non-disabled individuals.

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REMOVING THE BARRIERS. By Peter Lyne Since 2004, I have participated in many forums relating to healthcare and disability (some of which have been hosted by H.M. Government departments and held within the Palace of Westminster). During the forums which have focussed on improvements to healthcare services and included senior medical and academic professionals, I have been informed that addressing issues relating to improving social inclusion, equality and diversity (which involves making communities, places of employment, public buildings and service providing establishments more accessible) is as equally important as the medical and surgical intervention which may be required by disabled people ‘INJECTING’ POSITIVE ATTITUDES IMPROVES WELLBEING. MASIS is a Registered Charity and as such wishes to develop beneficial relationships with companies operating within the housing, motor trade, transport, tourism, recreation and healthcare sectors. I am convinced from the positive responses it has already received that it will substantially help to improve the lifestyles of disabled people and remove the barriers which they encounter in their daily existence.

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Edinburgh’s business tourism sector has received a substantial boost with the news of a successful bid win that will bring a far reaching legacy for the city. Scotland’s Capital has been selected as the host city for the prestigious Rehabilitation International 23rd World Congress (R.I. World Congress) in October 2016. Bringing over 1,000 delegates to Edinburgh and with an estimated economic impact of over £2million, the four-day event will play a crucial role in cementing Edinburgh’s reputation as an accessible destination that welcomes disabled and disadvantaged visitors. Led by Convention Edinburgh and host venue, the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), the winning bid not only showcased the city’s strong business tourism offering, but ensured the Edinburgh’s accessible credentials were at its core. From Edinburgh’s transport providers and its compact size, to the considered approach to accessibility by the EICC and city businesses, Rehabilitation International leaders agreed Edinburgh was the best fit for its conference and delegates’ needs. Tanya Gilchrist, Head of Operations for The Shaw Trust and organisers of the R.I. World Congress 2016, said: “The R.I. World Congress is our flagship event. Our delegates are high profile R.I. members, leading researchers, advocates, government agencies and practitioners.

Accessible Tourism demands a combination of world class event management, travel, logistics, hotels and venue. “Edinburgh’s bid team not only met our strict criteria, they exceeded it, offering a culturally rich and engaging experience that would reached beyond the venue to a stunning city location that all our delegates can explore and enjoy. VisitScotland currently estimate ‘Accessible Tourism’ market spend in Scotland to be worth £1.5billion, generating 29million day trips per year. It is a crucial market for both leisure and business tourism, yet often overlooked by businesses. Preparation for the R.I. World Congress 2016 is also providing the perfect opportunity for tourism leaders to work with Edinburgh businesses to enable greater understanding of the small changes and considerations, often easily implemented, that can have a dramatic impact on the accessibility of a venue or attraction Chris McCoy, Head of the Accessible Tourism Programme, at Visitscotland said: “VisitScotland is delighted to be involved in the preparations to welcome the R.I. World Congress  to Edinburgh. This is a great opportunity for Edinburgh to showcase how accessible the city can become, and VisitScotland is committed to supporting and helping businesses in the city to prepare for the conference in 2016. This will become a vital  part of VisitScotland’s overall accessible tourism programme of work for the next two to three years.

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