Accessibility – Overview
Accessibility by definition is a general term used to describe the degree to which a product, device, service, or environment is available to as many people as possible. It is often used to focus on people with disabilities or special needs and their right of access to any premises, often through use of assistive technology. (Assistive technology is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and also includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using them. Assistive technology promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to or changed methods of interacting with the technology needed to accomplish such tasks).
At Step-Hear we believe that everybody should be given an equal accessibility opportunity regardless of their age or ability.
An accessible environment is one which is usable by everyone. It is a place where everyone can participate fully, equally and independently without barriers. In an ideal world, the built environment would be universally accessible to all in the community.
Historically however, the approach to design has seldom taken into account the diverse abilities of a population.
There are millions of people in the world who suffer from disabilities on a level that few of us could imagine. With the aging of the baby boomers comes the realization that the growth of people with disabilities will continue to increase year by year.
Good access for all means more people can (and will!) visit your premises or attend your event. So this is best practice, in addition to being a legal requirement, to remove barriers to access for disabled people.
It’s worth remembering: good practice for disabled people is good practice for all.
It is our job as fellow citizens to make sure that we are providing an accessible environment for everybody.