Firstly, please don’t start on my grammar and spelling, especially as to whether the title should read “a HADAG” or “an HADAG”. It is difficult enough to figure out the ins and outs of WordPress and the differences between posts, categories, pages and worse still, tweets, shares, pages, likes (and hates?) without worrying about English Grammar becoming an issue!
But if it means someone actually reads the content, then maybe that’s a good thing?
OK – back to the title. The name of the group, quite obviously arrived at by a committee and after many weeks of arguing over potential titles I will confess into writing down five reasonable suggestions and then stating that in the interest of democracy, the choice could come down to a short list of five possibilities, and the one with the most votes wins, or that I would simply quit. A I was doing most of the work at the time, the risk of my summary departure won the day. We became, therefore, the Havant Area Disability Access Group which, quite honestly, works quite well in my opinion.
As you will see elsewhere, Havant covers quite portion of the southern portion of South Hampshire, covering the north-east area around Portsmouth, with excellent road and rail links to pretty much anywhere. Demographically it represents much of the make-up of the UK as a whole, though admittedly it leans rather heavily to the white British side of things. But then, nowhere is perfect.
As it stands, the group is currently very small, so you will see a lot of content exhorting readers to get involved – so please get involved. We don’t ask for money (though if you’ve got some spare….?), and we don’t even expect you to attent meetings on a regular basis. We have the capability to hold virtual meetings over the internet, by phone, and in other ways.
We have no specific rules regarding membership, with the singular requirement that a majority of the trustees are disabled. We feel this is very important for many reasons.
You can be any age, from eighteen to eighty and beyond, and have any disability, or no disability at all. Equality in all forms is very important to us all.
All we ask of members is that they have an interest in the subject of accessibility, by which we mean not only the physical access to buildings, but also to information, and to services.
Most importantly, we keep boring meetings to a minimum. Currently we do meet in person, however given the state of current technology, we do not even need to all be in the same room. Tools such as Skype, and the more business oriented versions of it, allow participants to join meetings from home using just a phone, a laptop or tablet, with or without video. We try to make it simple.