Please visit our other site here. Access Alliance comprises a number of people with disabilities and their allies who are working to realise their vision of a "Barrier Free Enviroment". By this we mean we want boroughs in which people, irrespective of whatever impairments they may have, enjoy an equal unimpeded access to buildings and services as the rest of the population. To this end the group undertakes a number of activities including:
In addition to the Disability Discrimination Act the group seeks to ensure that other nationally agreed standards are met such as those laid down by Part M of the Building Regulations 2004 and BS 8300:2009 (the latter being established by the British Standards Institute inclusive mobility published by the Department of Transport.
The above may seem rather technical, but don't worry - our meetings are very informal and are partly intended to help people with disabilities to understand the jargon and technical issues they may encounter.
Among some of the major activities we have pursued recently have been:
A programme of access audits of most of Sandwell's parks.
Recommendations for improvements to the original plans for West Bromwich town square (some of which have been accepted);
Opposition to changes in parking arrangements for people with disabilities at hospitals within the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust (where again we were partly successful in securing concessions); and
Keeping a watchful eye on the redevelopment of West Bromwich town centre.
The group has registered charity status (registered charity number 1087696) which means that we are answerable to the Charities Commission and our financial and other affairs may be see on the commissions website and can be found at www.charity-commission.gov.uk
Membership to our group is FREE and open to anyone.