On Thursday 6th December, South Bank BID partnered with AccessAble for the launch of the AccessAble London initiative, reinforcing our existing commitment to making South Bank London’s most accessible area.
The event, held at Bankside Hotel, saw the launch of the new AccessAble website and App. AccessAble, originally called DisabledGo, is a leading national disability organisation set up in 2000 by Dr Gregory Burke as a result of his own experiences as a wheelchair user and disabled walker. The service is designed to empower disabled people to make their own informed decisions about the usability of a venue based on their own access requirements. The information provided by AccessAble is the most in-depth disabled access information ever, providing useful information, per venue, relating to access.
Findings from a recent AccessAble survey highlighted the overwhelming demand for accessibility information, with 98% of people saying they searched in advance before going somewhere for the first time. It equally revealed the negative impact of poor information with 75% of people saying they felt anxious before going to a new place, and 76% saying they either hadn’t visited somewhere or had needed to leave on arrival due to poor quality, or non-existent accessibility information.
As a part of the partnership, each South Bank venue will be visited and assessed by an AccessAble surveyor and provide a comprehensive pan-disability Access Guide where people can check everything from accessible toilet facilities to parking, lift and entrances. Users can check measurements, photographs and descriptions of everything from door widths to walking distances, colour contrast and much more.
At present, the AccessAble service is used by over 150,000 people every month, with a target to increase users to 3 million per annum by 2020.
The launch event brought together AccessAble’s existing partners from across the public and private sector, including 21 London Boroughs and the majority of Universities, Colleges and NHS Trusts providing services to Londoners.
Speaking at the event, Dr Gregory Burke thanked South Bank BID for being the first London Business Improvement District to give a dedicated focus to disabled access and place it at the heart of their community welcoming residents and visitors alike.
Nic Durston, CEO of South Bank BID said, “The South Bank is the cultural heart of London and a must-visit experience for any visitor, domestic or international. Our vision is to make the South Bank London’s most accessible destination, which is why we’re now investing to provide our many attractions, venues and hotels with the most up-to-date accessibility information through AccessAble.”
For more info about the AccessAble service and App, visit the website at www.AccessAble.co.uk or download the AccessAble App from the Apple Store or Google Play Store.
If you would like to be involved in the AccessAble Initiative and find out about the difference it can make to your organisation, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org