For many disabled people, we have multiple impairments that need various accessibility requirements.
In my case, I’m a full-time wheelchair user and registered blind. Therefore, not only do I need wheelchair access to places but also audio description and audio format information.
Due to my complex needs, I cannot use a white cane or guide dog like most blind and visually impaired people. Instead I rely on my memory to locate things or have a sighted person drive my powered wheelchair.
Finding wheelchair access with sight loss
Luckily AccessAble can provide the information I need to find out if a public place or venue has the access facilities I require.
For example, I cannot see whether there are ramps or lifts in a venue. But with the AccessAble app, I can search for the Detailed Access Guide of that specific venue, which will then tell me if there are ramps and lifts available and where they are located. I can then tell the sighted person who is with me where the wheelchair access is located if we are in an unfamiliar place.
Locating specific areas or departments in a public place
Another great use for the AccessAble App is locating specific areas and departments in a public place. I cannot read signs or maps at all so heavily rely on online information.
This was particularly handy for me a few months ago when I went for a scan at the Basingstoke and North Hampshire hospital. I was accompanied by a carer who wasn’t familiarwith this hospital. So I decided to take some initiative and find the hospital’s access guide on the AccessAble app.
I found the access guide for ‘X-Ray and CT Scanner’ department, which provides information that it is “located on Level B of the main hospital building” and goes on with detailed directions - as you can see in this screenshot.
It’s like having an audio described sat-nav for disabled pedestrians!
Accessibility features on the AccessAble App
Finally, I just want to add how accessible the App is for people with sight loss. I use an iPhone and use Voiceover to read the text, type and select options. Plus, I can use it with Colour Invert too.