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Access Audits and Consultancy Services

HADA's disability access consultancy services are designed to suit every client's needs, from an access audit of a building, design appraisals of plans, user consultation to training. Commissions vary in size from the audit of one building to complete building stocks, listed buildings and historic sites.Some clients require advice on specific aspects of a building such as signage or colour contrast. HADA can offer this and also provides advice to product manufacturers.

How do you decide what to do first?

The purpose of an access audit is to identify barriers to access, whether physical or managerial, taking into account how much someone may be prevented from enjoying equal access to a service or a facility according to guidelines provided by legislation.

Each recommendation is prioritised on the basis of health and safety and access legislation, as well as good practice guidance, to enable the development of a programme of works over a period of time.

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What is deemed reasonable by the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995?

Only case law and the courts can decide this. Every building and service provider will be judged on their own merits and according to their ability to undertake changes.

As a rough guide, the following issues may be taken into account:

- Resources and financial capability to undertake changes.
- Structural and spatial capacity to undertake changes.
- The level to which the disruption to undertake changes affects the operation of the company.
- Attempts to improve access to date by alternative methods, in other words, having a 'can do' attitude.
- Health and safety, planning restrictions and building control which limit the ability to undertake changes.

It is important to be aware that building regulations and best practice guidance may not be enough to improve the equal delivery of your service; you must also take into account your managerial procedures, staff training, communication, websites and company literature.

So how long does it take?

On average, and depending on the size, age, and location of the building, an access audit requires one day on site for the physical survey followed by two to three days report preparation. Cost outlines can be provided for an additional charge.

Please call or e-mail for an accurate quote.

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