e've all heard of the Scores on the Doors food hygiene scheme for restaurants, hotels and public premises that sell food to the public, now a town in Wales have started a petition for a similar system for disabled access.
Members of the Bridgend Coalition of Disabled People started the petition because it is often difficult for disabled people to tell if premises have suitable facilities. As a wheelchair user myself I know how difficult it can be out and about in public areas. While most places claim to be fully accessible, there are a lot of obstacles disabled people face when going about their day.
Some of the difficulties they face can include small disabled toliets or toilets used as store cupboards, hearing loops switched off and no ramp or unsuitable ramp access. The petition was signed by over 2,000 people and if the system goes ahead it will be similar to the food hygiene scheme where buildings and businesses must display their rating between 0-5. People with all disabilities will then be able to see in advance if the premises is fully accessible for their needs.
So will this scheme help you or someone you know? Do you have a disablility and in what way would this help you? We would love to hear your thoughts!