Nov 30

Have You Heard Of DisabledGo?

Matthew

If you’re disabled and often find it quite hard to travel to new places because you’re not sure what sort of accessibility options different towns and cities have, then you might find the DisabledGo website particularly useful.

This has been running for more than 14 years, publishing detailed access information for thousands of venues across the UK and Ireland, whether that’s cinemas and restaurants, pubs and shops, hotels and hospitals, railway stations and universities… the list goes on.

The aim of the site is to maximise choice and independence for disabled people by helping them access their local area, as well as places they want to visit. The site has been developed by disabled people for disabled people, with each venue visited and surveyed properly before it goes on the site.

The site itself is incredibly user friendly – all you have to do is decide what kind of place you want to visit, then type it into the search box on the DisabledGo website. Enter the postcode and your radius of search, and you’ll soon be on your way.

A recent study from the organisation, published in 2014, found that two-thirds of retail staff were given no training in how to help disabled customers, while under a third of department stores had accessible changing rooms. And 40 per cent of restaurants had no accessible toilets at the time.

Commenting on the survey, DisabledGo chairman Barry Stevenson said that many retailers have significantly invested in improving their accessibility options in the last decade, but more needs to be done.

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