• Fri. Sep 23rd, 2022

Trips made on Oban access guide

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Plans to create an access guide for all to businesses in Oban are once again being resumed.

Talks are underway between Oban and Area District Access Panel and Oban High School to move the idea forward.

Students at the school had started collecting information for the guide before the pandemic hit and there are now proposals to make a concerted effort to take the initiative forward, starting in the very near future, said group president Jim Tolmie.

“The long-term goal is to take the survey information and store it electronically so that it is available to visitors and locals who wish to research any issues they may encounter while in this area,” Tolmie added.

Two thousand leaflets were printed last November to publicize the work of the Access Panel to facilitate living with a disability in Oban, Lorn and the Islands.

The registered Scottish charity is made up of people with various disabilities and supporters with the aim of improving mobility, in and on streets, paths, businesses, buildings and transport.

From promoting social inclusion to encouraging businesses to better position billboards and street furniture, such as outdoor tables and chairs, and advising on planning and construction stores before they even start, the Access Panel is here to help.

It also has a qualified auditor who can perform access audits for community organizations and businesses. It is also possible to take advantage of the offer of awareness and training sessions organized to help people understand the requirements of disability.

The new flyers, in semi-large and large print, as well as some in Braille, were funded by BID4Oban.

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