York’s accessibility information in the palm of your hand.

National disability organisation, AccessAble is launching a free app to give visitors and residents of York high-quality accessibility information they can access whilst out and about.

Long-term partner of City of York Council and provider of detailed access guides, AccessAble have created a new mobile app which aims to transform the quality and availability of accessibility information.

The app provides detailed access guides to 10,000s of places across the UK and Ireland. Crucially each guide is created by locations having been visited by an AccessAble surveyor and local people with accessibility requirements, who can collect over 1,000 pieces of information for just one venue.

The app itself can display facts, figures and photographs as well as step-by-step descriptions of what accessibility is like at a particular location. Users can create their own account and save favourite places and filter their preferences depending on their accessibility needs.

Find out more at www.AccessAble.co.uk

The launch is a welcomed announcement and an important addition to the research and city centre access consultation already taking place across York.

Cllr Carol Runciman Executive Member for adult social care and health, said: “The app is a brilliant addition to the resources available to help those with accessibility requirements, to get out and about. This technology puts power into the palm of the hand and allows residents and visitors of York to more easily enjoy its many sights and attractions.”

Cllr Peter Dew, executive member for transport and planning, said: “Planning a day trip or extended time outside of the home can be overwhelming for those with accessibility requirements. We’re working with partners such as AccessAble, Disabled Go and Shopmobility to make York even more accessible and enjoyable for all.”

Ruth Potter, charity manager at Older Citizens Advocacy York said, ‘Many of our clients ask us how they can find out about various types of venues that they want to access for leisure and social activities. This App will be a big boost to them and their ability to get out and about in York. We will be happy to signpost clients who need accessibility information to the new and free AccessAble app.’

Are you a blue badge holder or have an interest in improving our city’s accessibility? You can be part of our city centre access consultation by sharing your comments on the facilities in York and the impact of recent city centre restrictions. E-mail us at citycentreaccess@york.gov.uk or write to us at City Centre Access Consultation, c/o Parking Services, City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA.

Information regarding a number of measures in place within York city centre to make disabled access easier for residents and visitors can be found at www.york.gov.uk/DisabledAccess .

In addition, the Live Well York website www.livewellyork.co.uk has an embedded AccessAble widget, which allows people to consider a venue’s accessibility information for each entry of the community directory, before attending.

To be involved in the city-wide conversation including issues of accessibility across York you can also join our TalkAbout panel, a citizen’s panel for York residents. It is one of the ways people can influence what happens in York, and aims to give a representation of York’s residents’ views.

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