Access Icons

DisabledGo uses 19 access icons. These icons have been designed in consultation with disabled people and represent important information that disabled people have told us would be good to find out at a glance.

All the venues visited by our surveyors are given access icons. You use these to narrow your search by filtering your results using the icons on the left of the search results page.

You can find details of what each access icon means below. If you would like to know more about how we assess some of the key access features and key terms used in the access guides please click here.

 

This is given when the venue has –

  • Level access leading to the entrance door
  • Level access inside, this may be via lift (platform or standard)
  • Sensor/push pad operated automatic doors or no doors at the main entrance
  • Doors with a clear door width of at least 75cm throughout

This is given when the venue has:

  • An easy or moderate ramp or slope at the entrance and manual doors

or

  • An easy or moderate ramp or slope into the venue and automatic doors

or

  • Level access into the venue and manual doors

and

  • Level access, easy or moderate ramps or slopes or lifts (platform or standard) to get around the venue
  • Doors with a clear door width of at least 75cm throughout

You may need to ask a member of staff to use the lift if there is one at the venue. This will be noted as part of the Detailed Access Guide.

This is awarded to a venue where at the entrance to the building there are no more than three medium steps. If there is more than one step a handrail must be provided. Internal level changes can be overcome by moderate/easy ramps and/or lifts.

A seat is available on the premises for customers. If not readily available it can be requested.

There are accessible toilets on the premises.

The toilet must have:

  • A clear door width of at least 75cm
  • Step free access
  • Sufficient space for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre
  • Grab rails and drop down rails available

There is step free access to standard toilets on the premises. These are located on the ground or other floors accessible by lift.

There are accessible changing rooms or fitting rooms available on the premises.
The changing rooms must have:

  • A clear door width of at least 75cm
  • Step free access
  • Sufficient space for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre
  • Grab rails and drop down rails available

DisabledGo is delighted to add its support to the Changing Places campaign for fully accessible public toilet facilities for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Changing Places toilets include an adult-sized, height-adjustable changing bench, hoist and plenty of space.
Standard accessible toilets do not meet the needs of all people with a disability - or their carers.
Changing Places toilets are different to standard accessible toilets.
Changing Places toilets provide:

  • The right equipment
  • A height adjustable adult sized changing bench
  • A tracking hoist system, or mobile hoist if this is not possible
  • Enough space
  • Adequate space in the changing area for the disabled person and up to two carers
  • A centrally placed toilet with room either side for the carers
  • A screen or curtain to allow the disabled person and carer some privacy
  • A safe and clean environment
  • Wide tear off paper roll to cover the bench
  • A large waste bin for disposable pads
  • A non-slip floor

Criteria
The criteria for awarding the symbol is designed by the Changing Places consortium and further information can be found on the Changing Places website.
Where these facilities do not meet the criteria set out by the Changing Places Consortium the facility will be known as Changing Places (Partial). These type of facilities will not be awarded the Changing Places symbol but the Accessible Changing Room symbol.

To qualify for the Changing Places (Partial) section to be added, the facility must meet this minimum criteria:
The changing facility should be at least the minimum floor size for Changing Places and have an accessible toilet within the cubicle.
The information will be included in the access guide to allow the user to decide if the facility is suitable to their requirements.
As part of our partnership working with Changing Places, DisabledGo will provide the details of partial facilities to Changing Places in order for them to contact the venue with a view to encouraging the service provider to upgrade the facility to the full Changing Places standard.

Large print information is available on the premises. Large print materials which are available 'on request' will be noted in the Additional Information section on the Detailed Access Guides but will not qualify for the large print symbol.

Braille information is available on the premises. Braille information which is available 'on request' will be noted in the Additional Information section on the Detailed Access Guides but will not qualify for the Braille symbol.

A sound enhancement system is available at certain locations within the premises.

The service provider is contactable by one or more of:

  • Textphone
  • Fax
  • Email

The service provider has a policy of providing a home delivery or home visiting service. A website delivery service does not constitute a home service.

The venue has it's own car park for use by patrons
This symbol will also be applied for venues within for example a shopping centre/retail park served by a car park belonging to the shopping centre/retail park as a whole.

Blue Badge on street parking available
This will be given if:

  • There is on street Blue Badge parking in the immediate vicinity of the venue or;
  • The venue can provide parking if booked in advance to Blue Badge holders.
  • This last point could refer to a venue which has a car park for staff only but are happy to reserve a space for a Blue Badge holder.
  • All local parking restrictions should be checked before visiting the venue.

Public Car Park near to the venue
This symbol indicates that there is a public car park within approximately 200 metres of the venue. This will refer to car parks such as NCP or council car parks.

This symbol will only be awarded to accommodation which has rooms which have

  • Either step free, ramped or lift access to bedrooms
  • Accessible en suite facilities
  • All doors leading to an accessible room and internal doors leading to the ensuite will have a minimum clear door width of 75cm
  • The accessible ensuite will have a selection of handrails to aid transfer to the toilet and ideally a drop down rail for balance and side transfer space (minimum of 60 cm)
  • The accessible ensuite will have a lowered bath or a level access wheel in shower

There are many other adaptations available for hotel rooms and DisabledGo will provide additional details with regards to hoists, auxiliary aids for sensory impairments etc where available. The guide should be read in full to check the room meets your requirements.

The service provider has informed a DisabledGo Surveyor that they have a member of staff trained in sign language generally on duty.
The symbol will not be awarded if the sign language interpreter is only available on request. The information relating to the sign language interpreter is contained in the Additional Information section of the Detailed Access Guides and should be read fully to discover if a sign language interpreter is available on request and what level of sign language they are trained to.
We must emphasise that it is a symbol that should be relied upon with care as managing practices can vary and business ownership can change resulting in different approaches to disability. We can only assess whether venues have a sign language interpreter available at the time of the survey and at the Annual Renewal.

The service provider has informed a DisabledGo Surveyor that they provide Disability Awareness / Equality Training for their staff.
We have reservations about including this symbol, however we have been asked to include it in our guides by disabled people. We must emphasise that it is a symbol that should be relied upon with care as managing practices can vary and business ownership can change resulting in different approaches to disability. We can only assess whether venues have disability awareness training at the time of the survey and at the Annual Renewal.