Slough accessibility guides launched

Published: 21 May 2019

A fantastic resource with information on accessibility in Slough venues has been launched.
The council has partnered with AccessAble to create access guides for residents and visitors in Slough who have a disability, hidden or otherwise.

The access guides for Slough contain more than 1,000 pieces of information for more than 200 venues. Access guides take you on your journey throughout a venue including detailed information about doors, level access, lifts, toilets, staff training, lighting levels, background music and Safe Places, to name a few. The guides were launched during an event at The Curve on 14 May.

Alan Sinclair, the council’s director of adults and communities, spoke to the audience.
He said: “I’m really pleased we have got this accessibility guide for Slough. Throughout my career I have worked mostly with people who have a disability. I have seen how complicated and difficult it is for the things I take for granted that my friends and colleagues have to plan every day of their lives to make happen.

“Having a guide that people can have a look at before they even go to a building, I think is going to be a fantastic product for Slough. Slough is massively changing. What I want to make sure is that as we build we are not leaving people who have access issues behind. We will be able to give really good advice and guidance for those people who are building new buildings.”

The council’s cabinet members have funded the access guides project, with information available on the website and a mobile app.

David Livermore, director at AccessAble, reiterated the group’s mission, which is: “To empower disabled people to be able to live their life to the full, and access all their community has to offer, by providing essential detailed accessibility information.”

He said: “The access guides do not say if a venue is good, bad or indifferent in terms of accessibility. It is just facts, figures and photos. The idea about the mobile app is it is there to enable choice and a change of heart.”

“The joy of working with a local authority is it’s the most important organisation to work with, as it gives us geographical coverage, as an individual coming to Slough wants to see what’s on offer across the borough.”

Colin Pill, chair of Healthwatch Slough, also spoke at the event.

An AccessAble survey found 98 per cent of those asked would be more likely to visit a place if accessibility information is available.

The guides feature information that has been included based on user feedback and with a pan-disability approach. Every piece of information is included because someone with a disability has suggested it would be useful for them to know this before they go somewhere.

Access guides are designed with the intention of someone with a disability being able to make independent and informed decisions when deciding where to go out. The guides are free and available at the AccessAble website.

On the website you can change the text size, colour and language and there is an easy read option for each guide that gives the key information and pictures.You can also download the AccessAble app from the Apple or android app store. It allows you to create an account and save your favourite places.

The council’s website has AccessAble links on pages where there are guides available, such as in our parks, car parks and community centres.

If you know of anyone who would benefit from accessibility information, please let them know of these guides, the website and app. If you run a community group, perhaps you could let your members know and assist them if they need help exploring the website.