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Access Interest Group

The aim of the group is to improve access for disabled people created by both physical and attitudinal barriers.

Aims of the Service:  

The Access Interest Group exists to enable disabled people to work together to promote access issues within Darlington.

It aims to:

Highlight good practice around access issues.

Involve disabled people in the work of the Access Interest Group.

Raise access issues and concerns with planners and providers.

Promote the Equality Act and other legislation to disabled people, carers, services and public bodies.

Encourage disabled people to take up their rights under the Equality Act.

Actively campaign on Disability Issues.

What do we do?

The project continues to work with departments within Darlington Borough Council to:

Prioritise the provision of dropped kerbs.

Maintain good practice in disability equality.

Progress towards making all of their buildings accessible.

To keep the pavements free from obstructions including A-boards and goods.

The project also:

Works with organisations from the planning stage through to delivery to ensure their services are accessible.

Regularly advises individuals and organisations on their disability duty under the Equality Act and disability best practice.

Supports individual disabled people to overcome discrimination due to negative attitudes of service providers and not just physical obstructions.

Lobbies on relevant disability issues.

Group Meetings

The Group holds themed meetings which can be on a wide range of issues. Recent subjects covered include:

• Access to public transport.

• Access to services provided by the NHS.

• Access to the rail network.

• Access to the Town Centre.

How to get involved:

Anybody can support the work of the Access Interest Group. You can get involved by attending meetings organised throughout the year or by contacting the project to discuss other ways of volunteering your time or feeding in your views.

Telephone: 01325 489999

E-mail: aig@darlingtondisability.org