Disabled access to businesses

WEXFORD BUSINESSES are going for gold in a bid to improve conditions for disabled people.

Hotel, restaurant and shop owners are signing up for the Wexford Gold Star Award Programme run by the HSE and Wexford Borough Council.

The project which is being facilitated through Wexford County Council, was set up last month with the aim of encouraging businesses to improve accessibility for people with various disabilities.

'It could be as simple as restaurants printing menus in a bigger font to aid people with vision impairment,' said the Borough Council's Accessibility Officer Rick Muldoon.

'It is hoped to rank businesses by awarding them gold, silver and bronze stars to display on their premises.'

Staff are being offered a chance to take part in a free training course including customer service and training disability modules tailored to each sector.

A member of a local disability group will assist the trainer in carrying out the course.

People who complete the programme will get a certificate from County Wexford VEC.

It is also hoped to build a new application for iphone and android users to help wheelchair users find out where blue parking bays are located in Wexford town.

Improvements at Wexford train station will be officially unveiled this Thursday, April 19 at 11 a.m.

There are raised platforms connecting the Main Street and Redmond Square area and dished kerbs have been installed at the bus station to improve accessibility when boarding or disembarking from a bus.

There are also two disabled parking bays adjacent to the station.

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