The Habinteg housing association have estimated that there are 1.8 million disabled people in need of wheelchair-accessible homes. But, with so many things to consider when travelling, and then having to think how accessible the location is for you isn’t a 5-minute task. At Mobility Plus, we completely understand how frustrating this must be, especially if you like to get out and about.
It’s disappointing to note that research has shown more than half of London’s train stations are not viable for disabled passengers, because there is no step-free access assessible.
Steps are a huge hinderance for people who have physical ailments, and research by Leonard Cheshire have discovered that 35% of working age disabled people had experienced problems using trains in the past year as a result of their disability.
It’s been recently announced that the government’s inclusive transport strategy will install changing rooms alongside toilet facilities in England’s motorway services in their £2M budget. These facilities will include adult-sized changing beds, hoists for wheelchair users with extra space. Many disability campaigners have been raising this issue for a while, and it’s a positive result to hear that their voices are being heard.
The Science Museum in London, offers disabled visitors written material in large printed fonts. Additionally, it’s significant to note that the museum is fully accessible for wheelchair users, making it inclusive for all. Disabled visitors also receive exclusive deals for the Imax 3D cinema, and support workers gain full access free of charge.
Cadbury World located in Birmingham offer similar deals like the Science Museum. Their guide prints in large font to help facilitate an easier touring experience for disabled visitors. Concessions are available for those with disabilities. If you ever happen to ride on the “Cadabra” they have an adapted mobile car, which can seat one wheelchair user and a companion.
Shopping and Eating
The hustle and bustle of the shops isn’t easy for any of us and specifically for those have disabilities. The department for work and pensions found that shopping and eating is one of the trickiest experiences for those who have a disability. Thankfully, there has been more awareness to focus on being able to provide a more comfortable shopping experience for those with disabilities.
This summer the UK government launched its first accessible shopping day. On 13th November, the government scheme has been approved by UK brands such as Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Barclays. Collectively, they will create additional disabled access features to make it easier to shop.
It’s important to note the progress that has been made to adapt all the changes that have been made to accommodate wheelchair users around the country. However, with the cuts in services and the social budget these changes have taken a slower turn. Despite it all, equal rights for disabled people should be remain at the forefront of making the UK more wheelchair friendly.