Disabled urged to take party in survey

DISABLED people in Portadown are being urged to take part in the most comprehensive study into accessibility ever carried out in Northern Ireland.

Adapt NI, the voluntary organisation committed to improving access for disabled people, is carrying out the province-wide survey, on behalf of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.

Caroline Shiels, Adapt’s development manager, appealed to people with any disability to seize the opportunity to make their voices heard about local services.

Ms Shiels confirmed it was the broadest and most wide-ranging research into accessibility ever carried out in Northern Ireland.

She added, “Our researchers want to hear the views of disabled people in the cities, towns and villages and rural communities of Northern Ireland to find out exactly what it is like for them using everyday services that most people take for granted.”

Adapt’s team of researchers are interested in the views of all disabled people and want to know if there are differences in accessibility depending where disabled people live in Northern Ireland.

You can add your views and share experiences of using services in town by completing the survey. It is online here https://www.AccessSurvey.wikispaces.com You can also get the questions emailed to you, or give your answers over the phone at the numbers below.

Contact points are project@adaptni.org or call 028 9023 1211 Mon to Fri between 9am and 5pm. For text or outside office hours contact 07764 182 966.