DisabledGo public meeting on 3 April 2013 about new venues to add to online access guide for Guernsey

March 30th, 2013 by Guernsey Disability Alliance

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In 2012 the States of Guernsey commissioned professional disability surveyors, DisabledGo, to produce an online guide that would help disabled Guernsey residents and visitors find out whether a venue is accessible before setting out from home.

Five hundred local shops, hotels, restaurants, sports facilities and transport links were included in the guide.

In April 2013 the team from DisabledGo will return to Guernsey and, depending on the level of detail, add between 25 and 100 new venues to make the guide even more comprehensive.

The Guernsey guide can be found online by searching “DisabledGo Guernsey.”

Disabled islanders and local businesses can find out more about how the guide works at a public meeting at 7 pm on 3 April 2013 at St Martins Community Centre.

At the meeting DisabledGo will be asking for audience suggestions as to which new venues they should add to the guide this year.

They will also explain how disabled people can get involved with conducting the surveys.

Rita Cooper, Account Manager for DisabledGo, said “we really enjoyed putting together the Guernsey Access Guide last year – lots of local people wanted to get involved and everyone was enthusiastic about what we were doing.”

“We can’t wait to make the guide even more useful to Guernsey residents and to those coming to visit the island. Now the guide is established, we’re hoping more businesses will start to recognise the value of linking their website to the specific information about their premises,” she said.

Rob Platts, founder of the Guernsey Disability Alliance, said “in general, access in Guernsey for disabled people isn’t good. Lots of shops and banks have steps up to the entrance, for example.”

“We are grateful to the States of Guernsey for commissioning the guide since, as it develops, I think it will be a helpful and non-judgmental way to encourage venue owners to improve access to their buildings and services.”

“The GDA is keen to promote the guide to make sure disabled people are aware of the places that value their custom and know in advance what challenges will face them in those venues that aren’t fully accessible,” he said.

Businesses and other venues that would like to be included in the DisabledGo Access Guide to Guernsey should contact Rita Cooper at DisabledGo on 01438 842710 or email rita.cooper@disabledgo.com.

Disabled islanders who would like to help with the surveys or suggest a venue are encouraged to attend the public meeting at 7 pm on 3 April 2013 at St Martins Community Centre or call Rita Cooper on 01438 842 710.


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