What is an Access Appraisal?
- An Access Appraisal will examine plans, drawings and concepts to identify access barriers that may effect disabled people.
- An Access Appraisal will identify physical, sensory and cognitive access barriers in a design and recommend and prioritise actions to resolve them.
- An Access Appraisal will look beyond technical design to assess potential compliance with legal obligations under relevant legislation, such as The Equality Act 2010, and recommend and prioritise actions to meet mandatory legal obligations.
- An Access Appraisal will assess compliance with best practice standards, such as Approved Documents Part M & Part B, BS8300 and BS9999, and recommend and prioritise actions to meet best practice standards.
- An Access Appraisal can audit to any guidance appropriate for a particular environment, such as Lifetime Homes for residential, Exhibitions for All for museums & galleries and Countryside for All for outdoors.
- An Access Appraisal can assess numerous environments, services or products or a combination of areas, in order to identify access barriers to disabled people before they are realised.