If you’re disabled and you need to travel around the United Kingdom, it can be difficult knowing where you can go, what you can do, and what you can enjoy. After all, when the appropriate facilities are not available to you, you cannot go to a specific restaurant, sporting event, cultural event or cultural location. You may not even realise that many locations throughout the UK still do not provide appropriate facilities for you until you are already there, and disappointed. After all, appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities have become so common that you may think that they should simply be everywhere and take it for granted that businesses everywhere are making, or already have made, accommodations for your needs and condition. Unfortunately, since this is truly not the case, and in most cases, you’ll find that you aren’t necessarily getting everything you need, you’ll want a quick handy list of places you can visit that have already made their facilities accessible to those with disabilities, no matter what type of disability you are living with. Here are some of the best, and most accommodating locations throughout the United Kingdom that offer facilities for those with disabilities so that you can enjoy everything they have to offer.
- Theatres throughout the United Kingdom are learning the role they have to play for those who have disabilities and they are beginning to do so quite well. The Central Theatre in Medway is equipped and ready to serve individuals who are in need of wheelchair access to their facilities, beginning with the parking garage and going throughout the venue. Some shows at the Central Theatre in Medway are interpreted in Sign Language to provide accommodation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. More information about which shows provide this accommodation is available through the theatre.
- Disabled play areas for children and families are located in Chatham, Luton, Hoo, Rochester, Strood, Gillingham, Lordswood, and Rainham, so that you can enjoy playtime with your disabled child or children, and play alongside like families who understand what play time is like for your child. There are also similar play areas throughout the rest of the United Kingdom, making it easier to engage in family time and blow off a little steam in a safe environment.
- Museums throughout the United Kingdom are becoming more and more aware of access needs for the disabled, and are becoming more accommodating as time goes on. One accommodating museum that is sure to hit the top of your visitation list is the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. This museum features accessibility for those in wheelchairs, with canes, who need to sit regularly, offers large print, offers braille, has hearing systems for those who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and also accommodates assistance dogs so that anyone with any disability can enjoy the museum and everything it has to offer.
- Historic sites, while not as accommodating as museums, are becoming more friendly to those with disabilities where they are able to make accommodations. Sometimes, historic sites are unable to make certain accommodations because the accommodations require changes to the historic structures that exist at the site. However, most of these sites have found ways to make their facilities accommodating to the needs of those in wheelchairs, with assistance dogs, and who have other needs.
If you are planning to visit the United Kingdom, or you live there and want to go out and enjoy yourself, it is important to check with the venues you wish to visit. While most venues throughout the country have stepped up to the plate, they do not all have the same accommodations.