Aims of AccessAdvisr
AccessAdvisr was developed by Integrated Transport Planning (ITP) and Rob Trent to provide an unbiased, real-world view of how easy-to-access different places and transport stops are for disabled people. Rob now runs AccessAdvisr.
About Rob Trent
Rob has personal experience of living with a disability and overcoming accessibility challenges. He has previously combined these life experiences with his interest in sport, and has worked with the Football Stadium Design Council and the Football Foundation to help improve facilities for disabled people at football grounds.
Rob is also a mouth painter with the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists. Examples of his work can be found here: http://www.mfpa.uk/the-artists/robert-trent/?p=0&pgSize=26
“Yes, itʼs accessible, thereʼs only two steps to navigate”. “We have a ramp allowing access to our building”.
As a wheelchair user I have often come across comments like those above. However, on many occasions the reality differs greatly from the description. “Ramps” are more like ski slopes, and “access to our building” is usually past the cleaners equipment, through the kitchen and into the service lift. Things are very often not quite what they seem.
Out of that frustration AccessAdvisr was born. I wanted something for users who face the same challenges as me. AccessAdvisr was created to provide a user-led real-world view of how easy-to-access different places and transport stops are for disabled people. The aim is to provide a simple mechanism to allow people with mobility challenges to rate and find first-hand accessibility information. Photographs and videos can be posted on the site.
Information can then be passed on to persuade businesses to improve accessibility, or to recognise great accessibility.