As strong advocates of accessibility, the Quingo team were delighted when we read a recent article on the BBC reporting that people with limited mobility are being asked to help create a new online access guide at a series of consultation events held in Bristol.
Bristolians map the future of their city
The new project – a partnership between Destination Bristol and Bristol City Council – aims to construct in-depth, up to the minute access information for 1,000 venues across the city. The venues will include an array of shops, leisure centres, hotels, restaurants, libraries museums and parks. Each of these will be visited and their accessibility assessed.
The guide – an initiative of DisabledGo – is expected to be finished by the end of the year. DisabledGo was set up over 14 years ago with the stated aim of maximising independence and choice for disabled people.
What did the organiser say?
Anna Borthwick, DisabledGo’s executive director said: “I am delighted that we have been able to bring the DisabledGo project to Bristol thanks to Bristol City Council and Destination Bristol.
“Bristol is a fantastic city and one which many people have asked to see featured on DisabledGo. We really look forward to working with disabled people, carers and disability organisations across the city to shape the guide and look forward to welcoming everyone who attends our four events.”
What events were held?What will be the outcome?
The four events referred to by Ms Borthwick took place in the first half of June, where disabled people, the parents of disabled people, older people and carers were invited to shape the new guide.
The events were intended to help make Bristol a place where the cared for and the caring, young and old, are all respected and valued members of our society and are able to play an active role in the community.
Creating reliable information and increasing independence
Councillor Daniella Radice, Assistant Mayor for Neighbourhoods with responsibility for equalities said: “It’s important that the people who will benefit most from the online access guide have a chance to shape the service now so that it meets their needs in the future.”
Access guides help increase independence and choice for disabled people. We hope that the guide will help more people get out more as they will have reliable information about accessibility.”
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