Between the 15th – 17th May 2015 Chloe Hixson (Disabled Students’ Network Committee Member) and I had the pleasure of attending this years’ National Union of Students (NUS) Disabled Students’ Conference in Manchester. It was the first time for us attending a national conference so we were unsure what to expect but excited all the same.
We were placed in the Park Inn Hotel near Manchester Piccadilly station. And both us had to admit the accessibility of this hotel was beyond incredible. Chloe was staying in a standard room and she was fine in the facilities provided. Chloe is a wheelchair user and this stay highlights the pure accessibility of this hotel. Their standard rooms are adequate for individuals with mobility issues. The location of the hotel proved to be ideal. It was very close to the station, as we both found; our taxi rides to the hotel did not cost more than £10. An interesting note about Manchester black cabs, they are just as accessible as London cabs. Compared to my previous bad experiences in Birmingham and its’ black cabs, Manchester seemed to be far more geared up for wheelchair users.