Tech solution gives Blackpool an accessibility boost

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A new mobile app has launched that gives users accessibility information about attractions, parks, restaurants, shops and transport in Blackpool.

AccessAble has worked alongside VisitBlackpool and Blackpool Council for more than a decade to ensure that people with a disability can get the best possible experience during their visit.

The new app, which is available free, covers 180 venues in the resort.

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The app provides Detailed Access Guides to tens of thousands of places across the UK and Ireland.

These guides are not personal reviews, but step-by-step descriptions of what accessibility is like at a particular place, using photographs, facts and figures.

Crucially, each guide is created having been visited by an AccessAble Surveyor, who can collect over 1,000 pieces of information for just one venue. The type of information collected is all driven by AccessAble’s 35,000-strong user community.

Cllr Gillian Campbell, deputy leader of Blackpool Council, said: “Blackpool prides itself on being able to provide a great visitor experience for all visitors and we are delighted that the new app produced by AccessAble will make it even easier for people to plan their visits with detailed information at their fingertips.”

Anna Nelson, executive director of AccessAble said: “This app is all about getting detailed, reliable information to the 20 million plus people in the UK with accessibility requirements. We want people to be able to use the app while they are out, filtering by the accessibility requirements that are important, to find the places that work for them.

“Growing up as a carer I spent hours ringing up and asking about accessibility, nothing was spontaneous and we were nearly always disappointed when we arrived. This app is a practical solution to that very real problem”.

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