Accessibility Studies in Ireland

The Disability Act 2005 and the Sectoral Plan of the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government (2006) places Irish Local Authorities under a duty to carry out accessibility audits on all of the areas under their control. 

Background

The Disability Act 2005 and the Sectoral Plan of the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government (2006) places Irish Local Authorities under a duty to carry out accessibility audits on all of the areas under their control including:

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  • Roads and streets
  • Pavements and pedestrian crossings
  • Public buildings and parks
  • Amenities and open spaces
  • Heritage sites
  • Beaches
  • Public libraries and Harbours

 

 


Local Authorities also need to identify what remedial action is necessary to make these buildings and facilities accessible for people with disabilities.  Detailed accessibility studies on roads and public open spaces in Ireland have historically been carried out as part of overall improvement schemes, largely for pedestrianisation or environmental improvement purposes. They have also been carried out at specific accident problem sites where there have been risks for pedestrians or as part of other improvement proposals.

Our experience

In light of this, TMS were commissioned by numerous Irish Local Authorities over the last few years to work on major accessibility audit projects. 

Since 2006, TMS has significantly developed its experience and reputation in the accessibility audit field.  TMS has also carried out similar studies on private road networks within the sites of large commercial companies such as INTEL, with a view to improve site safety or the general accessibility as part of a corporate commitment or planning condition.

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