Get out and GOJO over the summer!

18/06/2007

Young disabled people across the country are being encouraged to ‘Get out and GOJO’ over the summer armed with a series of accessible event and listings guides produced by the Disability Rights Commission.

The new event guides, which feature special offers, access information, detailed listings and interviews, are being distributed as part of GOJO’s campaign to encourage young disabled people to use public transport to get out and about over the summer.

The new regional guides are packed with ideas and suggestions of what to do and have free and discounted ticket offers - including free bus travel passes from NCT and First South Yorkshire, discounted cinema tickets from Vue and restaurant discounts from Frankie & Bennys.

GOJO is working with youth and disability groups across the country to distribute the guides to more than 6,000 young disabled people this week. 

The guides can also be found on the GOJO website, www.mygojo.co.uk, which is full of hints and tips on how to make a journey, competitions, new video clips from Abnormally Funny People and a ‘beat yourself against the clock’ game. The website has already received more than 250,000 hits since its launch in May.

DRC Chairman Sir Bert Massie said: ‘GOJO is all about increasing the confidence of young disabled people to use buses, trams and trains. Our event guides have some really good deals and suggestions on how to get out and about this summer. We hope they’ll inspire young people to take control and be more independent.’ 

The event guides feature national listings information as well as regional information for the cities and wider regions of Manchester, Nottingham, Exeter, Newcastle and Sheffield.

Businesses and organisations offering discounts and free tickets to young people this summer include the Lawn Tennis Association, the Exeter Summer Festival and the Masters football tournament as well as local cinemas, theatres and swimming pools.

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For further information or interviews with campaign spokespeople please contact the DRC Press Office on 0207 543 7099.

Notes to Editors

·        GOJO launched in May with stand-up comedy gigs on buses. Video clips featuring the gigs by Abnormally Funny People have received nearly 1,500 viewings on video site You Tube www.youtube.com/gojovids

·        The campaign follows changes to the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) introduced in December 2006 which gave disabled people the right, for the first time, to fair treatment on public transport. It also comes as more than £600million has been spent by transport providers to make vehicles more accessible to disabled people.

·        An Ipsos Mori poll for the DRC in January 2007 found that more than twice as many (11%) young disabled people said they lacked confidence using buses and trains compared to (4%) of non disabled young people who said they lacked confidence.