Call For ‘Scores On The Doors’ Disability Access Ratings

Disabled Access

 

From BBC News.

 

A “scores on the doors” system should be introduced to rate disabled access for surgeries, shops and restaurants, campaigners have said.

About 2,000 people have signed a petition calling for premises to be rated 0-5, in a similar scheme to the food hygiene rating.

Simon Green, who uses a wheelchair, said friends had to carry him into a restaurant as there was no ramp.

The Welsh Government said the principal of the idea had “some merit”.

Members of the Bridgend Coalition of Disabled People, who started the petition, said it was often hard to tell if premises had facilities, such as accessible toilets, hearing loops or Braille menus.

They said while many claimed to be accessible, toilets were often too small to fit a standard NHS wheelchair in to.

Hearing loops are also often switched off and staff did not have the time or knowledge to install ramps, the group added.

 

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