Monday 20 September 2021
AccessAble will be visiting Guernsey over the next three weeks to provide accessibility training and to add more venues to their accessibility guide.
The guide provides information on whether there is parking close by, if toilet facilities are available, how easy is it to access the venue and, for indoor venues, if background music is played. All of this information is useful for people with a wide range of impairments, from people with a physical impairment who may struggle to walk distances or up or down stairs, people with a visual impairment who may need written information in large print, and those with a hearing impairment who may struggle to hear when background music is played.
The AccessAble online guide, which is available at www.accessable.co.uk/organisations/guernsey, currently provides accessibility information on around 400 venues in Guernsey.
AccessAble will be holding two training sessions about the guide, which will include hints and tips for making venues more accessible. The first session is on Tuesday 21st September at 11am in The Meeting Room, Guernsey Information Centre. People can also join the meeting via Microsoft Teams. For those unable to attend this first session, a second session has been organised at the same venue on Wednesday 20th October at 3pm. To book your space or to ask for the Microsoft Teams link, please email Gill.Evans@gov.gg.
With the new Discrimination Ordinance due to come into force at the end of 2022, these awareness sessions will be especially useful for businesses to come and find out more about how to improve accessibility.
Gill Evans, the States Disability Officer, said:
"The guide is a useful tool for many people as it provides factual information for different venues, not only about access, but also the facilities that are available and what the environment is like.
"To many people, this information is invaluable when they are planning to visit somewhere, particularly for the first time."