In serving a diverse population, the Council aims to ensure there is equality of opportunity for its residents, service users, employees, elected members, stakeholders and partner organisations irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
According to national figures there are 11 million disabled people in the UK which equates to 1 in 5 of the local population. In Harrow 17.3% of the working age population (16-64) classified themselves as disabled within the 2011-12 period (July to June), a total of 26,600 individuals (Source: Nomis Annual Population Survey).
Disabled people often face isolation, as it is difficult to find out whether shops, pubs, restaurants – all manner of service providers – are accessible. The Council in partnership with DisabledGo has developed an Access Guide which provides comprehensive information for disabled people and their carers living, working in or visiting Harrow. The DisabledGo guide is designed to enable people to check whether a venue will be accessible to their own access requirements.
DisabledGo provides important access information for local cinemas, restaurants, shops, pubs etc, allowing people to decide if these locations or services are accessible. This service allows disabled people and their carers to easily enquire about particular venues. This could include queries such as whether a cinema has a hearing loop or whether a restaurant has large print menus.
Cllr Sachin Shah