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Improving the accessibility and universal design of recreation and leisure facilities

The team at OHAC have recently completed a number of access and universal design projects for recreation and leisure facilities including cinema’s, theatre’s and hotel amenities. The following list contains a number of ways that our clients intend to improve the access and universal design of their environment and services so that they are as useable as possible to the widest extent possible.

  1. Access policy and plan: A cinema has recently developed an access policy including the appointment of an access officer ensuring that access and universal design remains a priority on their management agenda.
  2. Adult Changing places: A Theatre company is currently considering the provision of adult changing places as part of their planned upgrading works. The provision of adult changing places will allow the theatre to cater for the needs of all, including those with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Equipment, enough space and a safe clean changing environment will be provided including adequate space for assistance.
  3. Provisions for performers with disabilities: Back stage facilities can cause particular difficult especially for performers with disabilities. One theatre company is planning on upgrading their back stage facilities including accessible W/C’s showers and improved access route’s so that they can actively encourage and collaborate with disability action groups within the community.
  4. Pre visitor information: A hotel has engaged with its web site management provider to identify improvements that will bring their web site in line with WAI Guidelines on accessible web site content. This includes the provision of information identifying accessibility provisions/services provided within the hotel and the contact details of the access officer should customers wish to discuss any specific accessibility requirements before their arrival.
  5.  Special screenings: A cinema is currently providing special screenings on its t schedule including the provision of audio description screenings and closed caption screenings.

To find out more or if you need further information on how OHAC can assist you in improving the accessibility and universal design of your facilityplease do not hesitate to contact one of our team on 01-4151285 or e-mail [email protected]