Accessibility is not just about considering physical access for wheelchair users and ramps, but by identifying and recognising a range of features that could form barriers for people with a range of physical, sensory and learning 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, Openness, Choice and Control
Using the principals of inclusive design, seeking consultation and feedback from users can benefit all members of our society, regardless of ability, age, disability and culture.
- How accessible is your service, organisation or workplace?
- What adjustments however big or small would help make a difference to your service?
- Have you and your staff had diversity and awareness training that would improve understanding and knowledge of the communication and access to information needs of people with dual sensory loss?
FACS provides Environmental Assessments and Audits to support and suit your needs and budget and help you meet the requirements the Equality Act 2010.