Disabled Go was established 13 years ago to provide detailed access information to people with disabilities about places like shops, pubs, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, railway stations, hotels, universities and hospitals that everyone wants be able to visit. The company visits and surveys every venue on their website in person and use a standardized survey method so that their standards remain the same across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Seaside town with a search box and access icons displayed

It provides in-depth information not only about potential barriers and restrictions, but also useful information for people with particular needs. It is the little details that make all the difference – for example the length of a walk to the nearest seating is listed so that it is possible to calculate a route with restricted mobility from seat to seat from the information provided on the site.

Site information goes into great detail including the little things like lighting levels, the print used on menus in a restaurant and the position of fixtures in disabled toilets and their location. There are also many photographs depicting specific points of interest, such as ramps, paths, internal and external views.

Once familiar with the site, it is easy to use with a list of icons depicting all the information at the top of the page, (with a link to explain the icons) and contact details of the venue is also prominently displayed in case they need to be contacted for additional information. There is also an option to provide the site with information about the venue if you discover any changes since the listing was last updated.

Access is still a challenge for those with disabilities and it is very useful when the information required to plan a trip or a day out is displayed in one place with such great detail. I would highly recommend it as an excellent starting point when planning before setting off.

Source: Disabled Go