'Blind, legless' check out pubs

WHILE Des Ryan said he planned to get blind on Friday night, he said his mate Jim Byrne would get legless.

The disabled pair and a bunch of their friends were able to let their hair down and have a few drinks at a host of the city’s most iconic pubs and hotels, while sussing out the accessibility standards of each venue.

“Nice accessible venues mean a good night out,” Des, of Community Solutions, said.

Another factor assessed on the pub crawl was the noise levels.

“If you’re blind and the music is too loud, there is a sense of isolation,” Des said.

Des, who is wheel-chair bound, said accessible toilets for wheelchairs, as well as an accessible entrance into a venue, were big factors.

“I was at a bar a couple of years ago where I was unable to get my wheelchair into the toilet because of a narrow corridor,” Des said.

About 58 people, including Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten and members of the Spinal Injury Association, joined in the pub crawl on Friday night.

The event has been running since 1993.

“There is normally ways around bad access, but it gives us the opportunity to give feedback to the places we visit in Rockhampton,” Des said.

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