Council leading way in accessibility for people with disabilities

North East Derbyshire District Council, who led the field in making its council services accessible to all, is in discussions with a national disability organisation to produce an access guide for people with disability visiting our area, as well as undertaking an audit of the council’s own access provision for local residents.

At Monday’s (November 11) council meeting, Leader, Councillor Martin Thacker said: “As an active advocate on access for people with disability I want to build on the work we have already embarked upon following the signing of the British Sign Language Charter. NEDDC is the first district council to sign the charter in the UK that commits to improving access for deaf residents.”

He added that the Council was seeking to further develop an understanding of the wider issues of disability access for people with both physical and sensory issues.

The council has had preliminary discussion with AccessAble to carry out an audit for people with disabilities. The organisation has wide expertise on accessibility and will be able to assist the Council in identifying areas to address in the Council’s own buildings and for visitors to North East Derbyshire.

AccessAble, originally called DisabledGo was set up in 2000 by Dr Gregory Burke as a result of his own experience as a user of a wheelchair and a walker with a disability.