Our mission is to break down the barriers that disable people with impairments.
These barriers may be the physical environment, the way society is structured and also peoples attitudes.
Breaking down these barriers will help bring disabled and non-disabled people together highlighting what binds our community.
By doing this we strive to bring equality and empowerment to all people.
Hello, my name is Richard Jones, and I am the Principal Consultant at Accessible Wales. I was born with Brittle Bones, this however, is something that I have never let stand in my way. In 2001 I graduated with HND in Technology in Disability Studies from Bridgend College. The experience I gained through the course and my disability focused my attention on disability rights.
As a result I established Accessible Wales as a disability consultancy to help Welsh companies understand the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, Disability Discrimination Act 2005 and other legislation. The aim is to help our clients meet the legal requirements by interpreting both Acts of Parliament and other regulations by practical application to their specific situation. In the Accessible Wales team there is a total of thirty four years of experience in this field and we bring to our clients support in the areas of Access, Disability Related Training, Employment, Housing and more.
This website aims to provide you with an insight into our services, we have also tried to provide you with some facts and figures about disability in the United Kingdom. While reading through this website it is important that you read the facts and figures section, as this will help inform you as to how our services can benefit your company. Remember the word Access does not necessarily refer to physical access. It can relate to staff training, publications relating to your service or your ability to trade over the Internet. Part of the dictionary definition of access states: “…the right or opportunity to use something…”
Most people see anything connected with disability as a negative image, a burden and a strain… that is wrong! You should see it as a positive feature and maximise its potential, either by becoming accessible if you are not, or by advertising the fact you are accessible and that way possibly gaining ground over local competitors.
Please feel free to browse the website, all our services can be tailored to any organisations needs. If we do not offer a service on our website we may still be able to provide it or obtain it – everyone at Accessible Wales goes out of their way to offer the most complete package to all our clients.
Accessible Wales’ staff and I would like to remind everyone that access is a right, not a privelige, and we believe that “an accessible Wales benefits all”. Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you in the future, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.