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Accessible vending machines

Accessible vending machines should be a standard requirement

Doors, pedestrian crossings and loos are among the essentials we’ve looked at when assessing accessibility. Now we’re adding accessible vending machines to the list - whatever they sell, everyone needs to be able to use them, not just non-disabled people.
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Careful planning of mod cons gives heritage sites a bright future

Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, looks at the balancing act of making modifications to improve accessibility at heritage sites.
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Going beyond the guidance when designing an inclusive environment

From our daily dealings with minimum widths for doorways, maximum gradients for ramps and many other benchmarks, one of the main pieces of advice we would offer is when working to design an inclusive environment don’t be afraid to go beyond the guidance, says About Access.
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Developing accessible premises, products and services

Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, explores the parallels which apply in developing accessible premises, products and services.
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Lived experiences worth more than legislation and guidance

Ian Streets, Managing Director of About Access, explains how you should look close to home for the approach which can set accessibility standards globally.
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Loo locations should be accessible to all

About Access discusses the importance of loo locations at the design and construction stage in order to eliminate accessibility issues.
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New initiatives highlight need to do more for disabled drivers

The media hasn’t exactly swamped its audiences with the news, but this has been a significant summer in terms of improving accessibility for disabled drivers and passengers. Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, takes a look.
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Opening the door to new angles on making loos accessible

Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, looks at some of the options for levelling up when it comes to loo access.
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How access consultants tie up loose ends

Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, reveals how an access consultant can help tie up loose ends.

Accessibility isn’t an add-on when it comes to awards

Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, marks down the judges who hand out accolades for inaccessible design.
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Ups and downs of accessible design

Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, explores the importance of ramps when considering accessible design.
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Wayfinding: Lack of consistency can lead to a communication breakdown

Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, explores the priorities of signposting and wayfinding.
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Hot desking or homeworking, accessibility is essential

Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, highlights the need to ensure accessibility in the changing post-Covid office environment.
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Long-term view essential as visitor attractions recover from Covid

Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, explores how the disruption caused by Covid gives us an opportunity to review visitor attractions and make everything more accessible.
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Online options take an inclusive approach to access training

Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, takes a look at how online options take an inclusive approach to access training.
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Making the built environment accessible for all

In this ebook, About Access, which has been providing advice, guidance and training on improving access for 20 years, discusses its work and the importance of broadening understanding and acceptance of accessibility issues.
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Inclusive principles set out approach to making Covid changes accessible

The gradual reopening of the arts and entertainment sectors has prompted a collaboration aimed at ensuring disabled people are not left behind in the planning and delivery of measures to overcome the impact of Covid-19.
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Pan-disability approach is the priority in improving accessibility

Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, calls for compromise to help make the built environment accessible to all.
Safer Public Spaces

‘Safer Public Spaces’ is no substitute for accessibility best practice

Access consultant, Ian Streets says the government’s “Safer Public Spaces” document which claims to set out the design principles for safer urban spaces is no substitute for accessibility best practice.
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Cheer and challenges greet Changing Places announcements

The recent Changing Places Awareness Day brought two big announcements which have been welcomed by campaigners including disability charities.
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Frustrating flashback shows work to be done to improve access

Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, takes a lockdown look at the lack of progress over the last 10 years.
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Blue badge anniversary highlights the need for progress

If you blinked you probably missed it, but just a few weeks ago the government marked the 50th anniversary of the blue badge scheme.
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Don’t forget disabled people when planning for social distancing

Access consultant, Ian Streets says we must not forget disabled people when planning for social distancing.
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A balancing act between accessibility and authenticity

The aim of accessibility is to make reasonable adjustments to try to ensure that disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.
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Signage is just the start of your wayfinding strategy

A well-designed wayfinding system can save time and reduce costs.
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COVID-19: ‘Construction can be productive despite lockdown’

Ian Streets, access consultant at About Access, takes a look at how the construction shutdown scenario can create the opportunity to change a working environment.

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