As a rule of thumb, try working your way round a building using your elbow or a clenched fist rather than open hands and flexible fingers. You’ll get an idea soon enough of whether office doors can be opened, toilet doors locked and lights turned on and off by someone who has difficulties with manual dexterity.
These are some of the issues we study in our access audits, which are at the core of our business.
We take a fresh and comprehensive look at the facilities in a building, and we identify the problems that many may overlook because they haven’t had much experience of working with disabled people, or simply because they are so familiar with their surroundings.
We approach a building from the view point of disabled people – for example maybe noticing that someone with a hearing impairment might experience difficulties with the background noise at a reception point.
Our access audit reports are unique to each project, because computerised tick boxes cannot interpret a building’s specific design features or its overall accessibility.
The reports are also free of jargon, produced with the end-user in mind, because there’s no point in delivering a document that cannot be used or understood.
And because About Access don’t sell any of the products that are recommended in our reports, you can be sure you will receive unbiased advice.