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How welcoming is Coleraine if you’re disabled?

STEVEN MCAULEY/KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA..25/SEPTEMBER/2012..Vacancy rates in Coleraine have risen most, doubling since 2011.The figures show a substantial increase in the number of empty shops across Northern Ireland over the past year.They also point to a further widening of the gap with the rest of the UK, where the average vacancy rate is around 11%..PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA

STEVEN MCAULEY/KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA..25/SEPTEMBER/2012..Vacancy rates in Coleraine have risen most, doubling since 2011.The figures show a substantial increase in the number of empty shops across Northern Ireland over the past year.They also point to a further widening of the gap with the rest of the UK, where the average vacancy rate is around 11%..PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA

NEW research, commissioned by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, is studying what the access to services is like for a disabled person living in or visiting Northern Ireland.

The researchers are interested in the views of all disabled people and want to know what it is like locally in the Coleraine borough.

The work is being carried out by Adapt NI and they are keen to gather the views of people with sight, hearing or mobility impairments, learning disability, mental health support needs, hidden impairments such as epilepsy, autism, diabetes, arthritis, or long term illnesses or conditions like cancer, HIV or chronic heart disease.

Using a ‘shopping basket’ of twenty public services, the research asks how easy or difficult they are to use. Services include clothes shops, pubs, supermarkets, amusements, hotels, dentists, hairdressers, post offices and more.

You can add your views and share experiences of using services in town by completing the survey. It is online here

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Access2servicesNI

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 Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm. For text or outside office hours contact 07764 182 966.

Responses are sought by this Friday.

 
 
 

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