The letter was sent to Lambeth’s seven business improvement districts as the council marked International Day of Disabled Persons on December 3, and ahead of our local celebrations of Disability History Month from December 18.
Cllr Lucy Caldicott, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care (job share), said: “Our campaigns, this year and in previous years, have ensured that many businesses or organisations have made significant changes to their buildings that ensured that residents could easily access them – and we thank the community for that.”
“But many buildings in the borough still require those improvements and we are asking the everyone in the borough engage with this important issue.”
More than 1.8 million people each year use AccessAble (previously DisabledGo) on a regular basis to plan a visit or trip out. The site also includes support with accessibility reviews.
Cllr Caldicott said: “When our local businesses review, revise and implement better accessibility practices, they’re opening up a great financial opportunity. By improving your practices, you encourage your neighbouring businesses and organisations to do better as well.”
“So this December I would ask that if you are not signed up to AccessAble, please look into it, do review how accessible your organisation is and whether your staff would benefit from training that would improve their knowledge of disabilities.
“No resident should be excluded from being an active member of our society because of their disability.”