Accessibility Auditing

The Need for Auditing

The results of the National Disability Survey (2006) estimate that within the Irish population:

  • nearly 335,000 people have mobility and dexterity impairments;
  • 192,500 people have a disability due to the state of their mental health;
  • over 108,000 people have some form of visual impairment; and
  • nearly 98,000 people have an hearing impairment.

In total, 18.5% of the population has some form of disability. In their report 'How far towards equality?' the National Disability Authority (NDA) summaries the situation:

'Negotiating and using the built environment - streets and buildings - can be a major challenge for people with disabilities. While the wheelchair symbol is widely used to denote accessibility, the issue of accessibility extends beyond the requirements of wheelchair users. People with restricted mobility, people with restricted strength or stamina, people who are blind or of low vision, people with hearing difficulties, and people with intellectual or mental health difficulties, may all experience problems in getting around streets, in using buildings and in finding their way.'

Our Philosophy

TTRSA believes in ensuring that all new infrastructure is accessible to everyone. In some countries this approach is called 'main-streaming' and in others 'universal design', in that provision for those with disabilities and impairments is not simply included as an after thought. The approach also takes full account of a persons varying levels of mobility depending on their situation, for example, a person without any impairment will be restricted if they are: carrying a load such as shopping, pushing a child in a pushchair; or, pushing a wheelchair.

How TTSRA can help

TTRSA recognises the importance of enhancing the existing built environment and infrastructure to meet modern standards. We specialise in providing access audits of the external built environment, from specific locations such as transportation facilities, to large areas including whole towns. We provide clear concise reporting and practical prioritised solutions within improvements plans, to allow clients to move towards their goals and compliance with Part 3 of the Disability Act 2005 in a controlled way, including undertaking improvements within planned maintenance regimes.

TTRSA undertake audits cost efficiently and also provide value added services to clients, for example, generating outputs in spatial databases for inclusion within clients in house Geographical Information Systems (GIS). This approach has generated a number of cost savings for local authority clients, including funding from developers for works to ensure that their site is accessible from nearby town centres.

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Other Useful Sources of Information

National Disability Authority (Ireland)