National disability organisation, DisabledGo, have been working in the Dundee since 2011 to provide an Accessibility Checker. Available at www.disabledgo.com it’s totally free to use and has loads of detailed information about the accessibility of all kinds of places across the area, including, parks, leisure centres, restaurants, tourist attractions, shops and more.
Over 1000 places have been included and crucially each one has been visited and assessed by a trained surveyor, so you can get all the facts, knowing someone has been and checked it in person.
Every place included in the Accessibility Checker has its own Access Guide, which includes details of parking, entrances, toilets, together with measurements and photographs. There really is lots of detail and the information isn’t just about physical access, it covers things that people with visual impairments, hearing impairments, autism, dementia, learning disabilities and mental health issues have all said are important.
In March DisabledGo surveyors visited the district to update the access guide and run a work experience day for local disabled people. The day started off with some classroom training with attendees learning all about DisabledGo’s website, the questions surveyors ask and the surveying tool that the team uses. It was great to get lots of input from everyone and be asked questions about why things are done the way they are.
In the afternoon it was time for everyone to put their new skills to use going out and about helping survey new places. The team had lunch and then set out to St Peter port town centre to survey shops and gather information for the guides. Everyone involved in the day now knows how to survey Key Access Reviews and some would even like to continue this work and survey more in the future.
Speaking about the day DisabledGo’s Executive Director, Anna Nelson,
‘It was great to welcome all the attendees to the training day. We really encourage people who are interested to come along and find out more about what we do and how we work. Everyone was really enthusiastic and keen to learn more. We really hope attendees enjoyed the day and it has given them new skills for the future. We will be running similar session in future so would encourage anyone interested to get in touch.’
You can find Dundee’s district’s Accessibility Checker at –
The information sits alongside over 125,000 other places across the UK, making the website a great tool for planning a trip away, as well as visiting places locally.
DisabledGo would love to hear from anyone who has suggestions of places to include on the website, feedback on how the information can be improved or how it can be promoted.
For more information please get in touch with Philip Holt at DisabledGo – firstname.lastname@example.org / 01438 842710.