Ensuring that wherever you go or whatever you do it is a positive, cool, fashionable and elegant experience. Style and disability are not mutually exclusive.
Fiona Jarvis established this site in 2007. She first realised she might have MS when she kept falling off her high-heels! ‘People thought I was drunk – and that was the confusing thing, as I could well have been.’ That was over 20 years ago and today she uses a wheel chair to glide through life.
‘ I have always refused to give up being stylish, whether that’s eating in smart restaurants, wearing elegant clothes or going on glamorous holidays. Mobility, or the lack of it, doesn’t and shouldn’t mean you can’t have style! Blue Badge Style can help you to have a positive, cool, elegant experience. As Coco Chanel said, “fashion fades, only style remains the same”.
Becoming progressively disabled, but determined to maintain her social life, has alerted Fiona to the lack of information for stylish, discerning people with mobility issues; a shop or restaurant may have a ramp, but how far away are the Ladies and down how many flights of steps? NHS crutches may work, but where do you find a walking stick to accessorise a glamorous outfit? The Blue Badge Style site has this information and has already established a small community; like a 17th century Salon, it is an assembly of guests consisting of, if not leaders, then a stylish and informed group.
As the UK population ages, those with temporary or permanent mobility issues are on the increase, but a lack of mobility doesn’t mean they are also no longer stylish. We intend to make Blue Badge Style a ‘Michelin-like’ guide for less able people, their friends and their families. We aim to make recommendations on as many places as possible so that ‘as recommended by Blue Badge Style’ becomes an aspirational goal for any item, organisation or establishment. Starting in London but we want to go global – so keep on sending your recommendations!!
A consequence of the research we’ve undertaken is that we have a number of Campaigns ………
We try to highlight – in a positive way – where the ‘equal provisions of goods and services are unreasonably deficient’. The intention is to act as an agent for change, altering venues’ mind-set toward accessibility. It needs to be treated as an important prerequisite, rather than something a venue is compelled to do by legislation. In particular due to the lack of disabled facilities in restaurants (especially Michelin Starred ones) – we’ve become know as the “Toilet Police”. Not something we ever wanted but we’re prepared to take the baton.!!???
Also we want to improve the lack of style in the production of disability equipment. A market worth £1.46Bn according to DLF (Disabled Living Foundation) statistics for 2008 and growing at an estimated 9% pa.
Blue Badge Style Mobile App
As recommended by the Guardian , finds cool places to visit near your location. We’ve reviewed hundreds of places and awarded them BBS Ticks. Have a look at this short film explaining how it works. We rate on style, accessibility and facilities, up to a maximum of 3 BBS Ticks. In this way we hope that venues will aspire to achieve the maximum accreditation.
Along with reviews we will also provide a Concierge Service. Whatever you wish to do, be it go to Paris, visit the Tate, stay at a boutique hotel, or check out the latest nightclub, BBS will arrange and advise on the best way to do this.
Blue Badge Style offers accessibility audits for venues, recommending improvements and costing the necessary changes. We provide pragmatic and creative advice ensuring you comply with the laws without compromising on style. We provide DDA Access Audits & Detailed Access Statements. We help improve access &/or facilities whilst saving you money & increasing income potential.
Join the BBS community
Blue Badge Style warmly welcomes everyone who is interested and willing to contribute. We want to build our very own ‘social network’ or ‘Salon’. Here are various ways you can join us. You can also submit reviews via the mobile app.