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VisitScotland: Most Accessible Solheim Cup

The 2019 Solheim Cup is the most inclusive edition of the event ever with the introduction of a new autism friendly quiet room, as well as a host of other initiatives.

The biggest event in women’s golf had taken place at Gleneagles in Perthshire and organisers had made sure the tournament offers a warm welcome to all.

People on the autism spectrum are being paid special attention at the Solheim Cup with a separate area, away from the buzz of the competition, provided and autism awareness training for volunteers and key public facing staff. The quiet room is just one of several steps taken to make the event inclusive.

In the UK, one in five people are disabled and while eight percent are wheelchair users, there are 70 percent with invisible disabilities. And studies show that 54 percent of people with access requirements will avoid businesses and events if they cannot find accessibility information.

The 2019 Solheim Cup will offer disabled spectators who require a carer to assist them one free carer ticket to the event.

Specially trained access buddies will also be available to provide specific help to people with limited mobility, sensory impairment, older spectators, people on the autism spectrum and those who just need a little bit of extra help to find their way about.

Free to hire mobility scooters, enhanced accessible toilets, a dedicated blue badge holder car park, viewing platforms for wheelchair users and more are provided at the tournament.