Has Society Adapted to the Needs of Wheelchair Users?

As part of the Assurance Mobility company ethos, we want to make life as easy as possible for our customers. In fact, we stock a variety of high-quality, specialised wheelchairs that have been designed and manufactured with a wide range of different conditions in mind and the needs of each client accordingly. With this said, society still has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to the way that wheelchair accessibility is approached. Read on to find out more…

Travelling from one place to another is second nature for the majority of able-bodied people. After all, society has been designed in order to cater to those who don’t have additional needs or may require the use of accessibility tools like wheelchairs, canes, and mobility scooters. Furthermore, some disabilities are invisible which means that many people tend to suffer in silence. As a result, it is important that accessibility is prioritised in order to ensure wheelchair users are able to get from A to B with the same ease as everyone else.

Over the years, there have been a handful of alterations made in order to allow wheelchair users to enter and exit public buildings with as much ease as possible. For example, many businesses provide ramps and/or wheelchair lifts that are a safe and convenient alternative to staircases. With this said, they are not always very well-maintained or located within close proximity to the area where able-bodied people traditionally enter and exit. As a result, this can alienate wheelchair users because they must separate from their friends or hold up other people in order to allow a member of staff to assist with using the lift technology.

The Equality Act 2010 was introduced in order to ensure that nobody is ever discriminated against in any setting based on their age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or disability status. In fact, it made the implementation of accessibility tools like ramps, wheelchair lifts, and stair lifts a legal requirement in both public shopping centres and businesses like pubs and restaurants. This means that society is certainly heading in the right direction when it comes to accessibility for wheelchair users, however there is still a lot of work to be done. After all, just 79 out of 270 London Underground stations provide step-free access as of 2020.

From ramps to lifts, many wheelchair users find it difficult to obtain access to buildings in the same way that able-bodied people do because of a lack of these features. After all, many business owners will find loopholes in order to avoid installing them.

Here at Assurance Mobility, we want to use our blog feature to raise awareness and put disabled voices in the spotlight. For all your wheelchairs Oldham needs, get in contact with a member of the team today!