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Why Consider Accessibility?

Q. Why should we consider Accessibility?

Why Consider Accessibility? A. Irish building regulations have been revised with Universal Design in mind since the introduction of The Disability Act 2005.

The technical requirements of Part M 2010 of Building Regulations now also focus on ensuring that adequate provision is made for all people to access and use a building, its facilities and its environs, moving the focus simply from people with disabilities to all citizens.

Also, under the Equal Status Act 2000, service providers must ensure that their facilities and services are fully accessible to all users regardless of age, size or ability.

Legislation is, however, not the only reason we need to consider accessibility. 15% of the world’s population is living with a disability while a large number of people would benefit, both directly and indirectly, from accessibility or inclusive design. These include older people, families with young children (usually under the age of 5), carers, and friends and relatives who accompany people with disabilities.

Creating accessible buildings and developments with access in mind is likely to enhance market value and also enhance a visitor’s experience. Moreover, it allows users to access buildings safely, conveniently, independently and with dignity.

Also, improving access to information for people with disabilities benefits all users. Symbols on signs provide a universal language for all, for example, while instructions which are clear and easy to understand benefit people with low literacy levels or people with intellectual impairments.

Contact us to find out how we can make your buildings or facilities more accessible and in line with legal requirements.