Hello, my name is Richard Jones, and I am the Principal Consultant and founder of Accessible Wales, I’d like to welcome you to our website. I was born with Brittle Bones, this however, is something that I have never let stand in my way. In 2001 I graduated with HND in Technology in Disability Studies from Bridgend College. The experience I gained through the course coupled with my own experiences through my personal life focused my attention on disability rights.
As a result I established Accessible Wales, a disability consultancy to help Welsh companies understand the requirements of the discrimination legislation such as the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and more recently the Equality Act 2010. The aim is to help our clients meet (and where possible surpass) the legal requirements by interpreting both Acts of Parliament and other regulations by practical application to their specific situation. In the Accessible Wales team there is a vast amount of practical and theoretical experience in terms of disability. The two key areas we focus our services on are access conusltancy and disability related training, however, we are flexible and try to help our clients with any disability related queries they may have.
This website aims to provide you with an insight into our services. It is important to remember the word Access does not necessarily refer to physical access. It can relate to staff training, publications relating to your service or your ability to trade over the Internet. Part of the dictionary definition of access states: “…the right or opportunity to use something…”
Most people see anything connected with disability as a negative image, a burden and a strain… that is wrong! You should see it as a positive feature and maximise its potential, either by becoming accessible if you are not, or by advertising the fact you are accessible and that way possibly gaining ground over local competitors.
Please feel free to browse the website, all our services can be tailored to any organisation’s needs. If we do not offer a service on our website we may still be able to provide it or obtain it – we pride ourselves on aiming to offer the most complete package to all our clients.
Accessible Wales’ staff and I would like to remind everyone that access is a right, not a privelige, and we believe that “an accessible Wales benefits all”. Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.
Our mission is to break down the barriers that disable people with impairments.
These barriers may be the physical environment, the way society is structured and also peoples attitudes.
Breaking down these barriers will help bring disabled and non-disabled people together highlighting what binds our community.
By doing this we strive to bring equality and empowerment to all people.