Just how do BSL users who are deaf access a radio show?
Exeter's community radio station Phonic FM, has launched a new radio show all about disability. Accessibility Matters, is an informal chat and music show, raising the issues faced by people with disabilities living in Devon and the South West.
The show is a collaboration between Phonic FM and Living Options Devon - a user-led charity which provides vital support to people with disabilities. Staff and volunteers from the charity will appear on every show. Andrew Barge, chair of trustees at Living Options Devon, will host the monthly shows and jumped at the chance to raise awareness of accessibility issues over the airwaves.
He was connected to the radio station by Paul Giblin, who presents The Future Sound of Exeter Show on Phonic FM. Accessibility Matters airs every 2nd Wednesday of the month on Phonic FM Andrew said: "Having some radio experience as a sports commentator for BBC Radio Devon, I was really keen to do a radio show and when Phonic FM approached us with a slot it was the perfect way to showcase why accessibility matters.''
When the first show aired last week, Living Options CEO, Diana Crump, initially felt a bit jittery talking on air, she said: "All a bit nerve wracking to start, but I ended up quite enjoying it! "It was lovely to talk about the charity, remember how and why it was founded and how we continue to provide great services and support for people with disabilities and Deaf British Sign Language Users across Devon and the South West."