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How AccessAble is helping wheelchair users with sight loss find their freedom

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.

To take the chance out of going out, download the AccessAble App from the App Store or Google Play.

AccessAble Champion