Two years after the London Olympics was supposed to act as a platform for integrated mainstream disability access, many London attractions are failing, and some are very good. This seems to be the conclusion drawn from looking at  2 recent access surveys of London Attractions; which tell 2 different stories.

On the plus side, Visit England looked at disabled access across London events and attractions,and  found very good access at the National Theatre, St Martin-in-the-Fields church, and the Science Museum.

The disabled people and carer’s charity Vitalise on the other hand, was shocked at the poor access  at major attractions, and has begun a campaign to improve it.

Vitalise contacted 100 major attractions and asked them for their own views on their access. Roughly half bothered to respond, and of those 52, two thirds (63%) were not 100% wheelchair accessible, only 13% had all their staff trained in disability awareness, a quarter (25%) had no disabled parking spaces at all and only a fifth (19%) of venues had hoists available – See more detail at the vitalise website, here>>

 

 

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