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Removing Barriers- A board game about disability

Removing Barriers is a light-hearted board game which engages users in a discussion about the barriers that face disabled people, and suggests ways in which those barriers can be overcome.

Disabled people are significantly more likely to experience unfair treatment at work, and in the other scenarios, than non-disabled people. The game aims to provide education about a serious subject in a fun and accessible manner, in order to reduce stigma and improve understanding of issues surrounding disability.

Removing Barriers uses the social model of disability which defined disability in terms of negative attitudes and discrimination caused by a society which fails to meet the needs of people with impairments. Over 1000 people have played the Removing Barriers game in further education, training and employment settings, with overwhelmingly positive feedback received.

The concept was created by Toyah Wordsworth, who has Friedreich’s ataxia. She is, and always been, a very determined lady, who went to mainstream school, college and onto University where she gained a post graduate certificate modules 1 & 2 in disability studies. Toyah has traveled all over the world and passionately takes on the system to fight for disabled rights and win.

The game may be purchased at http://www.removingbarriersgame.co.uk/

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