One in five high street shops in the UK are not accessible for wheelchair users because they have steps at their entrance – a problem our partner Mapping for Change wants to tackle. Starting on December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the organization will give 10 portable ramps to businesses that have one or two steps at the entrance.

In the UK, business owners are missing out on their share of an estimated £200bn of spending power from people with disabilities in the UK. Many shops are not accessible due to one or two steps at the entrance.

Fortunately, our friends in London at Mapping for Change are doing something about this problem with their “Ramp It Up” contest. A portable wheelchair ramp is a simple way to bridge those steps, even on listed buildings or rented premises. On December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, they will be giving away 10 portable ramps to businesses that have one or two steps at the entrance.

Nominations for the portable ramps are still possible

For that, the mappers in London are calling on people to nominate their favorite inaccessible businesses in the UK to make them eligible to win one of the ramps. 

Nominations can be made using the form on their Facebook page, or on Twitter using the hashtag #rampitupUK with a picture of the place along with its name and address. The winners will be determined by the number of votes – so spread the word! All necessary information are available on the Facebook Page of Mapping for Change.