Are you a business or service provider seeking to improve access to your services?
Did you know that improving access will not only make your service more inclusive to disabled people but also to the wider community and could lead to increased business and revenue?
In the 2011 Census, 113,715 people or 21.36% of Cornwall’s total population reported their day to day activities as being limited by a long term health condition or disability, more than double the national figure of 10%. If disabled people can’t access your services, it’s highly unlikely their friends and family will either and with an estimated 55,000 carers in Cornwall, they make up another 10% of the population!
In 1995 the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) set out important new rights for disabled people across the UK. For the first time this gave people the right to challenge discrimination when trying to access goods and services. Eighteen years on disabled people are still reporting problems with accessing shops, services and other facilities.
Disability Cornwall is one of the leading providers of disability access auditing and consultancy services in Cornwall. Our unique expertise in disability access enables best practise to be drawn together to ensure our clients facilities and services are fully accessible for all users and customers.
We have undertaken numerous types of access audits over the years for clients including air travel providers, educational establishments including primary, secondary schools and colleges, large industrial units, dental practices and community halls among many others.
Our Access Auditor can assess your premises or environment to ensure that all necessary provisions for disabled people are in place. Our audits cover a wide range of physical barriers and each recommendation is given a priority rating in accordance with legislation and bench marking standards.
Our competitively priced access audits are inclusive of preparation work, site visits and a full access audit report. We can even help you find cost effective solutions and provide a comprehensive range of auxiliary aids and equipment.
Building Plan Audit
Alternatively, if you’re developing a new premise to work from and need help to ensure your new build meets your obligations under the Equality Act 2010, our Access Auditor can review your building plans and identify necessary adjustments. An audit at this stage will help to ensure designs are as accessible as possible before any building commences, which could save you time and money in the future.
Walk and Talk
If you are happy to produce your own Access Audit Report but require some expert feedback to help you to do this, we can visit and walk around your premises with you whilst identifying the main barriers to access. We can then advise how these barriers can be removed or improved to help you ensure your service is accessible to all potential customers.
Site Plan Focus Group
Come and present your design ideas or plans to a group of disabled people with varying types of disabilities and discover how accessible they are, not only to disabled people, but also the wider community. You can gain valuable, expert feedback and suggestions for potential improvements. Our report will enable you to demonstrate your active consultation with disabled people and could help you secure vital funding for your project.
Find out how accessible your premises are direct from disabled people. We can visit and provide feedback on our experience in relation to all issues with regard accessing all aspects of your service. Our comments and any recommendations for improvements will be collated into a report for your reference. The report will contain colour coded recommendations so you know which areas need to be urgently addressed in order to fulfil the criteria set in current legislation and which can form part of a long term plan.
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By using our services you are contributing to the sustainability of a local disabled people's organisation and demonstrating your commitment to social corporate responsibility.
What our clients say about this service
'We found the audit really helpful, it was clear and easy to read and made some good recommendations which we have incorporated into our project.'
Access Audit - Harvey's Foundry Trust
'Thanks for your help with hosting such a worthwhile workshop. The preparations and advice from Disability Cornwall were very clear, so that we understood what to bring to the workshop. The workshop ran very smoothly with a great venue and facilities at Hayle and friendly staff.
The workshop feedback and report provided some very useful ideas, which have helped us to improve the project at the design stage. This will help ensure that the scheme is accessible and may be enjoyed by everyone. I look forward to working with you again.'
Consultations - Landscape Architect, Cornwall Council
'Cornwall Development Company, on behalf of Cornwall Council, develop ERDF Convergence projects and a key aspect of this is ensuring that projects are as accessible and inclusive as possible. CDC has engaged Disability Cornwall to lead consultations with stakeholders to ensure that accessibility is considered during the design stage of the projects.'