Training scheme launched for wheelchair accessibility

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A new training scheme has been launched to help housing professionals understand the changes made relating to wheelchair accessible housing standards…

The Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) has launched a new training course aimed at helping housing professionals understand new wheelchair accessible housing standards.

Building regulations were changed in October to include new accessible standards. The course, the Accessible Housing: Category 3 – Wheelchair Users dwellings, will focus on Category 3 of the revised Part M (4) of the Building regulation.

Part of the course will include delivering a comprehensive understanding of the technical differences, as well as the key criteria needed to meet the standard, and how it can be applied to all housing types.

The training will include an interactive workshop, with practical exercises led by trainers with over 10 years’ worth of experience in the field.

CAE Director Jean Hewitt said: “The new wheelchair accessible housing standards are now in the Building Regulations for the first time and a variety of sectors are seeking to fully understand the technical requirements and when they apply.

“Building accessible new homes is increasingly important as the population ages and the unmet demand from younger disabled people grows, so an expert knowledge of the new standards arrangements will be vital for a range of professionals in their day to day work.

“This CAE training course enables organisations and individuals to extend their expertise in order to help deliver the wheelchair accessible homes of the future.”

The first training course will take place on 17 December 2015 and will then run monthly throughout 2016. It will be hosted at Holyer House, London EC4A 3EB.

Members of CAE will receive a discounted place, costing £270 plus VAT. For non-members the cost is £300 plus VAT. The CAE is currently offering 10 per cent discount until the 24 December with the code “caexmas2015”.

For more information visit the CAE website http://cae.org.uk/training/training-course-booking-form/

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