Belfast Telegraph

Access for disabled to be rated

North Down Borough Council has commissioned DisabledGo, an award-winning disability organisation, to produce an online guide detailing accessibility information on more than 300 local venues throughout the borough.

The team of surveyors from DisabledGo will be working and living in North Down from Monday, July 26, to produce the online access guide for the area, which will be available at www.disabledgo.com and www.northdown.gov.uk from October 2010.

The guide will rate local attractions, services and businesses and, as each one will be receiving an ‘in-person’ assessment, users can rely on the information provided. By logging on, users will be able, in a matter of seconds, to access information about toilet facilities, parking and adapted rooms, together with very specific details such as the height of tables, dimensions of lifts or the positioning of fixtures and fittings.

The guide will provide an information point for disabled people, their families and carers.

Commenting on the initiative, chair of North Down Borough Council’s disabilities working group, Councillor Ian Henry, said: “Once it goes live, the DisabledGo access guide to North Down will enable people to check, for example, whether a hotel offers adapted rooms, whether there are changing facilities in the leisure centre to meet their individual needs, or whether a restaurant offers menus in large print or Braille.”

For information on this initiative, or to request to be included in the audit, please contact Shirley Poxon on 9127 0371.

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