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Saturday , November , 18 2017

Access for disabled people.

 Access for disabled people conjures up, in most people's minds, an image of someone in a wheelchair trying to negotiate a revolving door or flight of stairs.

Although this is an all too frequent occurrence, it is important that problems of people with other forms of disability are addressed, including those with ambulant disabilities, those with impaired vision or total loss of sight and those with hearing difficulties to a greater or lesser degree.

The requirements of Part M of the Building Regulations relate to the provision of access and facilities to all storeys of new buildings and also certain extensions and alterations to existing buildings.

The Regulations being extended to include for the needs of the majority of disabled persons and the problems faced by them in and around buildings, including new dwellings. See more details in our document (below) Better Access: Practical Building Details.

Shopmobility

Shopmobility is a scheme which provides powered scooters and wheelchairs (both manual and powered) for people with mobility difficulties, to help them shop and use the facilities of Carlisle City Centre.

Contact Shopmobility: shopmobility@carlisle.gov.uk

Better Access: Practical Building Details is a booklet produced by Carlisle City Council Building Control Section as a result of the frequent questions asked by architects, designers and builders. The advice contained in it includes the experiences of disabled people themselves and in particular, Carlisle Access. You can download this booklet below.

Disability Access Grant

Disability Access Grants are intended to provide financial incentive and assistance to occupiers of certain buildings in order to make them more accessible and useable by disabled people.

The grant applies to buildings used by charitable and non-profit making organisations, because of their limited financial resources. Such buildings might be Places of worship, Village halls, Voluntary groups and agencies, Charitable organisations If you think your organisation or group might be eligible for the grant, read the guidance notes and fill in the application form below.

Carlisle Access Group

Carlisle Access Group, formed in 1991, promotes and improves the access of disabled people to buildings, facilities and services within the District of Carlisle. This includes access to information and takes account of all disabilities either physical, sensory or a learning disability.

Membership of the Group is open to individuals, organisations, groups and community associations representing disabled people or wishing to co-operate in achieving all the aims and objectives of the Group. Organisations must nominate a representative for their organisation.

Anyone wishing to contact the group or the Access Officer for Carlisle City Council should email access@carlisle.gov.uk.

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