General & Community

  • Community websites with accessibility information on different premises
  • Community websites with built-in accessibility (W3C)
  • Accessibility awareness in local newsletters
  • Advocate for improved accessibility in your area
  • Don’t park on footpaths restricting access
  • Foster an ‘Ability Champion Network’ involving local people with differing abilities (to include people with disabilities and older people)
  • Undertake voluntary audit of accessibility of community setting (shops, businesses, youth clubs, sports clubs, public parks, local public transport facilities, etc)
  • Support local people with disabilities to access youth and sports groups/clubs (consider fostering a peer network)
  • Promote good access through social media channels
  • Simple signs and directions
  • Leave bins out of the way which don’t block access
  • Hold events/meetings in accessible environments
  • Documentation in various formats
  • Keep footpaths clear of signage boards, bins, tables, parked cars to ensure access route

Businesses

  • Information on website in relation to accessibility
  • Monitored and reserved car parking spaces for people with mobility issues
  • Sufficient space in reception areas, not cluttered
  • Signage to indicate that the business is disability friendly
  • Text contact options
  • Sensor lighting at entrances
  • Menus in large print, online and in Braille
  • Pen and paper behind reception desk
  • Walking stick hook holders where appropriate
  • Readily accessible public bathrooms and changing facilities (unlocked, clearly signposted)
  • Spring lock on bathroom door so person is not pushing against a heavy door
  • Non slip mats available in restaurants and offered proactively to diners with mobility/dexterity challenges
  • Provide simple directions and signs
  • Change ‘disabled toilets’ sign to ‘accessible toilets’
  • Hotel to provide vibrating alarm clock
  • Ensure accessible bathrooms are free from clutter and not used as storage space
  • Maintain clear access routes in shops/restaurants et cetera and arrange furniture, display stands appropriately
  • Ensure doors on accessible bathrooms open outwards to provide more circulation space for wheelchair users
  • Buttons at a level accessible to wheelchair users
  • Remind staff to rephrase a sentence if it’s not immediately understood

Councils

  • Signs not to park on footpaths
  • Wheelchair signs on pathways
  • Accessible information
  • Enforce accessible parking space abuse
  • Run awareness day with staff
  • Simple directions and signs in all council buildings
  • Promote and support community access groups
  • A named person in each council to be appointed to deal with customer complaints in relation to access issues
  • Provide regular maintenance to facilities i.e. markings for accessible parking spaces, signage
  • Text contact options
  • Pen and paper behind reception desk
  • Walking stick hook holders where appropriate
  • Doorbell where needed so the door can be opened for wheelchair users
  • Plan and design the environment and its services based on full access for all from the beginning
  • Create forums around accessibility where people can make suggestions and raise issues knowing that they will be heard and responded to
  • Enforce regulations regarding the location of empty bins

Schools

  • Handrails in toilets
  • Monitored wheelchair parking spots
  • Promote accessibility campaign, education and awareness
  • Ensure that a pedestrian gate is left in a default open position
  • Ensure front entrance to school is easily accessible: low pressure to push to open door
  • Engage in ‘Ability Positive Week’ celebrating different abilities across students
  • Simple directions and signs
  • Designated accessible parking and set down areas
  • Put in place a ‘buddy system’ where fellow pupils can offer assistance to students with disabilities
  • Sufficient circulation space and arrangement of desks in classrooms and general areas
  • Wall mounted computer monitors, whereby the monitor can be adjusted accordingly
  • Liaise with pupils to identify any special requirements
  • Open flexible deposition to a pupil with impaired vision
  • Material available in accessible formats