Disability access study in Northern Ireland

A major new study into disability access across Northern Ireland will be held in the coming weeks.

People with disabilities are being urged to take part in the “most comprehensive study into accessibility ever carried out in Northern Ireland”.

The survey is being organised by Adapt NI, the voluntary organization committed to improving access for people with disabilities, on behalf of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.

Caroline Shiels, Adapt’s Development Manager, appealed to people with disabilities to seize the opportunity to make their voices heard about local services.

Ms Shiels confirmed it was the broadest and most wide-ranging research into accessibility ever carried out in Northern Ireland.

She added: “Our researchers want to hear the views of people with disabilities in the cities, towns and villages and rural communities of Northern Ireland to find out exactly what it is like for them using everyday services that most people take for granted.”

Adapt’s team of researchers are interested in the views of all people with disabilities and want to know if there are differences in accessibility depending where people with disabilities live in Northern Ireland.

They are keen to gather the views of people with vision, hearing or mobility disability, learning disability, mental health support needs, hidden impairments such as epilepsy, autism, diabetes, arthritis, or long term illnesses or conditions like cancer, HIV or chronic heart disease.

Using a ‘shopping basket’ of twenty public services, the research will ask how easy or difficult they are to use. Services include clothes shops, pubs, supermarkets, amusements, hotels, dentists, hairdressers, post offices and more.

You can also get the questions emailed to you, or give your answers over the phone at the numbers below.

Contact points are project@adaptni.org or call 028 9023 1211 Mon to Fri between 9.00am and 5.00pm. For text or outside office hours contact 07764 182 966.

Researchers can call you back and other formats can be provided on request.

Responses are sought by Friday 14 March.

Source: News Letter