An Access Statement is primarily written to assist the person using the premises and service. It will provide an honest, and simple-to-follow, assessment of the accessible features of your premises and, just as important, what barriers to access might exist. This enables the service user to assess for themselves whether it is accessible for them. Such information improves the experience of the individual, and can reduce complaints, or actions, against you.
An Access Statement is a normally a summary version of an Access Audit, although it can be completed as a stand-alone document. It is best used to complement an Access Audit, providing both the service provider with a strategic plan of action for improvement, and information for the service user on accessibility. An Access Statement can be of particular use to add data to your website on accessible features or for promotional purposes.
At Access Alba, we provide an Access Statement with images and text. The text provides a brief description of accessibility within the environment. Our Access Statements contain a star-rating system to indicate the level of accessibility and are written in an inclusive format.