Infographic: Is your premises accessible? Disabled Access Day 2015

15 January 2015

To coincide with the first annual Disabled Access Day sponsored by Euan's Guide, we've put together a helpful infographic on ensuring your premises is accessible. 

Premises is one of the areas of focus in our world-leading online management tool, the Disability Standard. All businesses, even those that don't physically interact with customers, should ensure their premises are accessible to people with disabilities and make adjustments where necessary. For more information on how the Disability Standard can help your business, contact us on 020-7403-3020 or email enquiries@businessdisabilityforum.org.uk.

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Title: Is your premises accessible?
Percentage of disabled people that have difficulty accessing:
Shops - fifty four percent Hospitals - twenty four percent Restaurants, bars and pubs - twenty three percent Cinemas or theatres - seventeen percent
Top three common barriers to accessing buildings
1: Problems moving around the building caused by stairs, doors or narrow corridors
2: Inadequate lifts or escalators
3: Lack of ramps and/or handrails in approach areas.
Sixty three percent of popular tourist attractions in the UK are not fully wheelchair accessible.
Check your accessibility - a few questions to ask yourself to assess the state of your premises.
Image of a tick and a cross. Is the main entrance to your building easy to find? Image of a tick and a cross. Is your signage in good working order, for example no obstructions?
Image of a tick and a cross. Is floor cover slip-resistant and safely secure to the floor? Image of a tick and a cross. Have you decorated with distinctive tones or colours to aid orientation?
Image of a tick and a cross.  Is there an adequate delay on the elevator door closing mechanism? Image of a tick and a cross.  Are the toilets clean and clear of obstructions?
Image of a tick and a cross.  Are staff trained to direct and assist disabled people in the case of an emergency?
Tips for increasing accessibility - small adjustments you can make to increase accessibility of your premises.
Install lever taps in all bathrooms and other areas with a basin. Choose seats with arm rests over those without.
Ensure pens and paper are available in reception areas and entrances for people with hearing difficulties. Accept assistance dogs in all public areas and guest rooms.
For signage, use simple sans-serif typeface in large print and contrasting colours. Tactile and Braille information should be placed at a height that can be reached.
Ensure a low desk is made available where a low reception is not fitted. Avoid an all-white finish in bathrooms and public toilets.
Produced January 2015. Follow us on Twitter @disabilitysmart or visit our website www.businessdisabilityforum.org.uk

 

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