An access audit is often the first step towards addressing legislative requirements including
the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).
Townson Disability Consultancy’s (TDC) access audit prioritises any actions required and can be developed into a full maintenance and improvement plan.
An inclusive environment supports the transition to independence by providing flexible facilities which are able to respond to
Key features of a TDC Access Audit include:
Addresses mobility, sensory & cognitive impairments
Clear explanations of access issues
Advice on management issues and training needs
Full colour report with photographs
Electronic reports allow data manipulation and export into existing maintenance and renewal reports
The report uses current regulations and best practice guidance material including Building Regulations Part M – Access to and Use of Buildings and British Standard 8300:2001 Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people as well as extensive personal knowledge and experience of the auditor.
Elements included in a standard audit:
The external environment
Entrance and reception area
Horizontal and vertical circulation
Toilet and specific facilities
Controls and equipment
Means of escape provisions
Signage and way finding
Colour and lighting
The acoustic environment