The Accessible City Guide aims to provide the public with information on how accessible our city is. If you run a business that is open to members of the public you might want to have an entry in the Guide that highlights the positives.
The Brighton & Hove Federation of Disabled People has launched a web site for visitors and residents to obtain information about the accessibility of venues that are open to the public. The list of sites covered includes shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, theatres, cinemas and other leisure facilities. The project is supported by Brighton & Hove City Council and the web address is www.bhfederation.org.uk.
There are about 10 million disabled people in the UK spending an estimated £80 billion a year on goods and services, (BSI April 2008), and the hospitality industry is starting to recognise that disabled people form an important consumer group.
Project leader Jane Binns says, “We aim to make the Accessible City Guide a ‘one stop shop’ for information on accessibility and facilities in the City for visitors and residents. Our trained volunteer representatives visit venues and attractions and write up their positive and friendly evaluation with particular regard to accessibility. People should note that these are not formal accessibility audits, but personal reviews.”
Jane is hoping to work with the local hospitality and tourism industry and business sectors. If you would like a free audit of your business for a review in the Guide please contact Jane Binns, Project Leader at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01273 2088934.
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