Does your company or organisation meet the needs of everyone who is using your building? If not, you may need to carry out an Access Audit.
Does it Involve me?
If you have a building that people access then yes it will involve you. You need to be able to show you have made a reasonable attempt to meet the needs of everyone using your building. You are obliged to look at any barriers and, if at all reasonable, to adopt measures to overcome them so that disabled people can use your building safely without being discriminated against.
The Equality Act 2010 states it is illegal to discriminate against a disabled person for reasons related to his or her disability. Employers, service providers and education providers must make reasonable adjustments to avoid discrimination.
What are you looking at in the audit?
The auditor will be looking at different aspects concerning your building and how a disabled person may be affected by them .
An Audit could be as simple as a short “walk-through” suggesting quick fixes backed up by a short report, right up to a major study involving Building Regulations.
Every Audit would include a list of priorities, and links to appropriate guidance. An Audit will give you a clear plan and can often suggest simple, practical solutions that you may have missed.
Who are the Auditors?
Disabled Living use a range of auditors
Lisa Gannon and Jayne Watson, who are both experienced Occupational Therapists, and Chris Cammiss who has been carrying out access audits for many years. Chris’s personal perspective as a wheelchair user gives a very personal and tailored outlook on your audit.
Where Can I Find out More Information?
Please contact us for costs and availability on email@example.com or call us on 0161 214 4590.