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Should Ireland follow Scotland’s example and launch an Accessible Beaches App?

As we know, the tourist season here in Ireland is fast approaching and it is important for those involved in the tourism industry to remember that holidaymakers will have a variety of capabilities and limitations, but they all wish to be able to fully participate in the activities provided in a tourist destination.
In order to prevent our holiday destinations being viewed as inaccessible, it is important to ensure that the services provided in tourist destinations limit access barriers and meet access requirements. Currently, with advances in modern technology, organisations have the technical and organisational means to overcome many of these barriers.
Following on from the launch of the St. Andrews Beach Wheelchairs service (in Scotland) by the charitable organisation, The Hamish Foundation at the start of the 2018 tourism season and with the opening of the 2019 beach wheelchairs seasonal service, visitors with accessibility requirements can now also download the “Scotland’s Accessible Beaches” App. The App was created when the Hamish Mc Hamish charity realised that in addition to the Beach Wheelchairs service, there was a requirement for visitors to be able to book and use the chairs but also to have a holiday, book an inclusive restaurant, accommodation or other places of interest.
Essentially the app will connect visitors to the local accessible services, facilities, events and attractions and will enable people to view information on the accessible facilities available at the listed locations including their contact and locational details. People will also be able to book the St. Andrews Beach Wheelchairs
The launch of the new App coincided with Disabled Access Day on Saturday 16th March 2019 and the app will be free to download.

For further information on the App click here.

Alternatively, if you need further information on how to make facilities or services  more accessible and inclusive, please do not hesitate to contact one of our team on (01) 415 12 85 or e-mail [email protected]