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Knowsley DisabledGo ‘goes live’

by Laura Johnston

A website giving disability access information about more than 600 venues across Knowsley has been launched in the borough.

More than 70 people attended the launch event of the DisabledGo accessibility checker for Knowsley, including representatives from local voluntary groups, the council, as well as health professionals and community members.

The Knowsley guide – which aims to maximise independence and choice for disabled people – includes comprehensive access information about more than 600 venues in the borough including libraries, children centres, leisure and community centres, train stations and many more.

Cllr Christina O’Hare, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said: “DisabledGo is a great initiative that supports people with disabilities to plan a visit or their daily activities in Knowsley, helping them to live independent lives and enjoy the freedom to explore their local area in the same way any other person does.

“We recently held a launch event in Huyton and it was great that so many local people attended and gave their feedback and views on this project. We will continue to work closely with Disabled Go to ensure all our buildings; places and spaces are accessible to all.”

All the venues included on the DisabledGo website have been visited and accessed by a trained surveyor, so website users get all the facts from someone who has experienced the building or facility first hand.

Anna Nelson, Executive Director for DisabledGo said: ‘We are thrilled to launch the Knowsley Accessibility Checker and hope it will enable more and more people to access the many facilities Knowsley has to offer.

“Not knowing what to expect, particularly about key facilities such as parking and toilets, is a key barrier to people accessing their community. This resource will remove that uncertainty and enable people to plan a trip out with confidence.

“The service isn’t just for people with mobility impairments, but for people with autism, mental health issues and sensory impairments. It is also a service used and recommended by parents and carers. We look forward to hearing people’s feedback and hope that Knowsley Council will inspire other organisations to get involved.’

You can access the guide by visiting Disabled Go’s website.