A group campaigning for improved access has reinforced that venues need to think deeper about accessible solutions.
Pembrokeshire Access Group runs awards to reward business owners in the county for offering accessible facilities and its chairman has said that “people to realise that access isn’t just about having a ramp or lifts for wheelchair users”.
Speaking to the Western Telegraph, Beryl Thomas-Cleaver said: “For example, someone with a learning disability will look for easy read signage and large print documents such as menus.
“Someone with a visual impairment would look at colour contrast, clear signage or markings on steps. Someone with a hearing impairment would need a hearing loop or good lighting so they can lip read.”
Thomas-Cleaver’s comments come as the group gave out its Big Access Awards top prize to the Torch Theatre, judged to be Pembrokeshire’s most accessible cinema.
The chairman added: “The idea behind these awards is to show business owners in the county that by making their services and facilities accessible to disabled people, they are actually making it easier for everyone to use their facilities.
“That includes families with small children in buggies, the elderly and people carrying lots of shopping.”