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Lack of Disabled Access Causing Concern

Posted in General News on Monday, March 12th, 2018

In a survey of 700 disabled people conducted by the online accessibility checker, Euan’s Guide, 83% of those that responded admitted that they have suffered the disappointment of visiting somewhere with poor disabled access. In addition to this, 92% of the respondents said that they are not confident visiting somewhere they haven’t been before because they are concerned that they will not be able to access the premises. In order of prevalence, the biggest access problems according to the survey were a lack of ramps and heavy doors making it impossible to enter the building, narrow corridors and poor disabled toilet provision.

The survey also looked into how different types of establishments compared in terms of disabled access. Euan’s Guide discovered that disabled access to museums has improved since 2016. However, opinions were divided in regard to public transport, hotels and music venues. This shows that disabled access across the UK is not consistent therefore it is difficult for disabled people to feel assured when they are visiting somewhere for the first time. Euan’s Guide Co-founder, Euan MacDonald, commented: “Euan’s Guide is all about sharing, and it was fantastic to have over seven-hundred disabled people, their families, friends and carers join in by sharing their thoughts and experiences in The Access Survey 2017. The opinions expressed in this survey will help to raise awareness and improve understanding of accessibility, and I am hopeful that future surveys will show positive trends and improvements among venues and the confidence that disabled people have in visiting them.”

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Rob Heywood

Monday, March, 12th, 2018

I recently e-mailed my local town mayor regarding access for people in wheelchairs and disabled parking spaces and abuse of blue badges. She has very proudly written on her council website that she is supporting two local charities for people with dementia (good for her). I asked what plans the council had regarding raising awareness for access for wheelchair users. So far she hasn't even bothered to reply.