May 15, 2003
Maria Eagle today challenged small businesses across the country to make their services more accessible.
The Minister for Disabled People called on businesses to go the extra mile for their disabled customers as she launched Access All Areas, a nation-wide award scheme.
Run by the Department for Work and Pensions, the award scheme was launched at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in East London, which offers accessible and innovative services for disabled visitors.
Act Now, a video explaining the implications of the Disability Discrimination
Act (DDA) for businesses was launched alongside the awards.
Presented by Ade Adepitan, one of Britain’s top wheelchair basketball players and television presenter, the video shows the sort of changes businesses may need to make to comply with the Act.
Launching the awards and video Maria Eagle said:
“Access All Areas means precisely that. Disabled people should be able to expect the same opportunities in their daily life as anybody - whether going to the shops, socialising or playing sport. These awards are about recognising the sort of good common sense changes that make real business sense too.
Access All Areas is open to small businesses and organisations with less than 50 employees. Closing date for entries is 30th September 2003.
For more information visit: www.disability.gov.uk
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