Awareness of accessibility issues in the built environment has come a long way in recent years but there is still a long way to go until design is truly inclusive
There are around 11.2m people living with a disability in the UK. This ebook from About Access examines the keys to ensuring buildings and facilities are accessible to them all –and the value and opportunity that brings to organisations.
In her foreword, Kirstie Loveridge, senior vice-president of human resources at AEG, sets out the business case for accessible design: how it can help attract as many customers as possible and attract – and retain – talented staff.
There is information on About Access services including access consultation for new build projects, access audits for existing buildings, design appraisals, access statements and strategies, and strategic planning.
In addition, the ebook features a number of case studies highlighting how About Access has applied its insight and expertise in a wide range of settings, from working with the O2, one of the world’s biggest entertain and leisure venues capable of hosting 20,000 people at a single event, to advising HM Government of Gibraltar, Manchester Buddhist Centre and its work with the architectural practice Astudio.
Furthermore, there is details of training courses offered by About Access, covering the access audit, the Equality Act 2010 and disability confidence for customer-facing employees and managers.
There is much more besides, covering About Access’s work, its clients and customers.