We were delighted to be chosen to be Maidenhead’s Thames Riviera Hotel charity of the year. Early in January we began planning a September event to mark the 3rd Official Usher Syndrome Awareness Day (USAD).
It was soon realised that the Hotel would be hosting an Amy Winehouse Tribute the day before and decided MWT would run USAD around this event.
Friday evening was all about #InitTogether the importance of bringing an often isolated community together for a fun, sociable evening around a three course meal and music. It was a great evening.
Saturday morning was all about our accessibility and usability workshop run by our own Molly Watt and work colleague and friend of Molly Watt Trust, Sigma’s Chris Bush. The chance to learn and be interactive with each other whilst learning how to maximise the many uses of handheld devices, smartphones and tablets which can provide real enablement.
The feedback for the whole weekend has been very positive:
‘I have never met anybody else with Usher Syndrome, a room full of Ushers, fantastic.’
‘Thanks for your very informative workshop, one little tweak and my life is made much easier.’
‘I learnt more about accessibility features on my iPhone at your workshop than I did after an hour at an apple store!’
‘Your event was the first I've ever attended, I was so nervous but found everybody so friendly and helpful and I now have friends with Usher Syndrome.’
‘I appreciated the patience of Molly and Chris being so patient, I was comfortable to ask over and over until I understood a few useful tips about accessibility on my iPhone.’
‘I thought I knew all about accessibility on my iPhone, I was wrong, the MWT workshop taught me so much.’
‘I found your workshop more useful than anything else I’ve experienced. I came away feeling enabled not so disabled.’
Just a few of the many quotes received since the workshop along with requests to run the workshop around the country.
We would like to thank the Thames Riviera Hotel for hosting our event and continuing to support our cause. To their staff who took on board some very important points for the comfort of our guests. Providing a well lit room, waitress service to our guests and little things like contrasting tablecloths and crockery and blue glasses a huge assistance to those with visual impairment. Staff were also very helpful with the many guide dogs on site even helping escort several guests across the busy road and directing to the bigger park close by.
This was the first event we have held in the south east, even so we had guests and support from all over the country all wanting to be a part of our #InitTogether #Ushlookslikethis weekend.
All in all the whole weekend was a huge success and one we would like to repeat. We look forward to Usher Syndrome Awareness Day 2018.