Making Hartlepool 'AccessAble'
Hartlepool Borough Council has joined forces with AccessAble to create online Access Guides for disabled Hartlepool residents and visitors.
The guides contain over 1,000 pieces of information and are designed with the intention of enabling people with disabilities to make independent and informed decisions when deciding where to go out.
AccessAble was set up in 2000 by Dr.Gregory Burke as a result of his own experiences as a wheelchair user and disabled walker. He launched his first website - then known as DisabledGo - in 2002, and the organisation has grown rapidly since, continually meeting and listening to its user community.
The Access Guides take you on your journey throughout a venue and include detailed information about doors, level access, lifts, toilets, lighting levels and background music...to name a few.
Every piece of information in the guides is included because someone with a disability has suggested that it would be useful for them to know this before they go somewhere.