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 Equality Act 2010 and Approved Document M.
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. I am proud of the fact that our team has a wealth of practical and theoretical experience in all areas relating to disability and equality. The two key areas we focus our services on are access consultancy and disability related training, however, we are flexible and try to help our clients with any disability related queries they may have.
Our website aims to provide readers with an insight into the services we offer. 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 negativity, a burden or a strain, my team and I believe that is the wrong way to think! We believe that it should be treated as a positivity a way to maximise the potential of your business or organisation either by becoming accessible, or by advertising the fact you are accessible. An accessible business which has staff that is trained in disability awareness can possibly gain ground over local competitors.
Please feel free to browse the website, all our services can be tailored to suit our client’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 privilege, 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.