Council creates online access guide for disabled

Aberdeenshire Council has teamed up with disability organisation DisabledGo to produce a 1000 venue access guide to the area.

The guide will feature detailed access information for a wide range of buildings and venues across Aberdeenshire, including shops, banks, restaurants, council buildings, public transport and tourist attractions.

Some of the Aberdeenshire attractions which will feature in the first phase of the guide include Balmoral Castle, the Grampian Museum of Transport, Macduff Marine Aquarium and Haddo House.

DisabledGo currently provides access information for over 100,000 venues across the UK and Ireland.

Work on the guide is now underway, with trained surveyors working alongside local disabled people employed by DisabledGo to visit the 1000 buildings and compile access information.

The guide, which is due to launch to the public in January, will enable people to find out not only whether venues have adapted toilets or parking close by but also specific details such as whether there are tactile or Braille markings in lifts or on doors, the dimensions of toilets, the positioning of fixtures and fittings and whether they can request information in large print or Braille.

The DisabledGo-Aberdeenshire guide will be available on the ‘Looking Local’ service on the red button on your TV, so will still be accessible to those who do not have a computer at home.

Leader of Aberdeenshire Council, Councillor Jim Gifford, said: “We are delighted to be working alongside DisabledGo on this project.

“We are lucky enough in Aberdeenshire to have a huge range of great venues, historic visitor attractions and fantastic restaurants and as a council, we recognise the need to provide accurate, useful information from which people can make an informed choice about accessing the area.”

Independents’ Co-ordinator Councillor Norman Smith added: “This is a very positive initiative which will help give people the confidence to access a range of activities across Aberdeenshire and I look forward to the launch of the guide in January.”

For more information about the guide or to attend the launch event, please contact Dean Eales, Partnership Administrator, DisabledGo on 01438 842710 or at dean.eales@disabledgo.com.