What is Accessibility?
Accessibility is not just about considering physical access for wheelchair users but involves identifying and recognising a range of features that could form barriers for people with a range of disabilities.
Few physical environments are ideal for people with a combined sight and hearing loss, for example
- Poor acoustics; high gloss finishes produce echo and can also distort sound reproduction of loop and infrared systems and speech recognition.
- Unpredictable internal and external environments; create hazards for people who are visually impaired.
- Information and signage that is not in an accessible format to the user
- Differing and poor lighting levels that may create problems with orientating safely and good communication techniques
By anticipating environmental adjustments and thinking inclusively, we can create best possible environments and services that provide Accessibility, Approachability, Openness, Choice and Control
Using the principals of inclusive design, seeking consultation and feedback from users can benefit all of members of our society, regardless of ability, age, disability and culture.
- Find out more about Accessible Environments
- Find out more about Environmental Assessments and Audits
The two key factors for people who are deafblind are:
- Difficulty in accessing information
- and communication
The accessibility and communication needs of deafblind people vary considerably. There are a range of ways to make your workplace information accessible to deafblind people.
- Here are some examples of Accessible Formats