Including accessibility checks in your return to work preparations

For many of us it has been a while since we’ve had the busy morning commute, face to face meetings, and experienced the buzz of activity that we were once used to. One day, we will return to ‘office life’ as we once knew it, so here’s a few tips to get you thinking.

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With the majority of people still working from home, now is the perfect time for organisations to review building accessibility and make changes that will increase accessibility and enhance user experiences. This can include:

  • Checking compliance with the requirements for contrasting strips on glass doors. This is one of the areas that we most frequently report on as not meeting accessibility requirements. Without contrasting strips, it can be very difficult for people who are blind or have low vision to find and safely enter your building.
  • Checking that there are large, easy to read signs that make it easy to navigate to reception.
  • Checking that electronic sign-in is WCAG compliant and zoom-text enabled so people who are blind or have low vision can independently sign in.
  • Automating doors makes it easy for people with mobility impairments and also prevents people from having to touch surfaces.
  • Installing additional video conferencing facilities in meeting rooms.
  • Getting feedback from your employees with disability on their experiences of access in the building.

Have you shared our Design for Dignity: Accessible premises guidance and the 2019 Guidance On Premises Accessibility And Wayfinding.

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