University of Leicester’s new Accessibility Checker to enhance experience for disabled users

Posted by pt91 at Jul 07, 2017 11:07 AM |
Comprehensive guide to accessibility on campus to be launched on 7 July

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 7 July 2017

Photo opp, Friday 7 July at 1pm: Unveiling of a plaque by Dr Kate Williams, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for Equality and Diversity, and Kate Bradley, Director of HR, in Fielding Johnson Building reception, University of Leicester main campus.

The University of Leicester is launching a comprehensive new resource that will enhance the experience of disabled visitors on campus, including prospective and current students and staff.

The University has been working with DisabledGo, a leading provider of accessibility information for disabled people in the UK, to create an online guide for students, staff and visitors.

Visitors, students and staff can use this online resource to find out about the access to all of the University’s buildings and services.  You can find out where a department is located in relation to the main entrance, where car parking spaces are located, whether there are lifts to access other floors, whether a hearing loop is fitted at reception, in-depth information about accessible toilets and much more.

Most important of all, everywhere has been visited and assessed by trained surveyors, so you can get all the facts, knowing someone has actually been there to collect the details.

The University will launch its Accessibility Checker with an event on Friday 7 July to coincide with its Undergraduate Open Day and the unveiling of a plaque by Dr Kate Williams, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for Equality and Diversity at the University. As well as raising awareness of the resource to staff and students, the event will be an opportunity for prospective students and their parents to view the University’s inclusive approach to its student experience.

Dr Kate Williams, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for Equality and Diversity, said: “At the University of Leicester we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to flourish in an inclusive environment. We want our University to be accessible for all our students, staff and visitors. Working with DisabledGo is an example of our commitment to continuously improve access to education, employment and facilities at our University.”

David Livermore, Director of DisabledGo, said: “We are delighted to be working with the University of Leicester, who are leading the way in the region. The University has a clear commitment to equality of access and opportunity and we feel the detailed accessibility guides we have produced across their estate make an important contribution - enabling people to check buildings and services in advance to aid them in their navigation and orientation around campus – providing them the best possible experience and education.”

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For more information about DisabledGo contact Naomi Watkins at Naomi.Watkins@disabledgo.com.

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