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Award Winning International Access Consultancy

Direct Access has won numerous awards and has built an enviable reputation as an access consultancy advising organisations around the globe on accessibility for disabled people. We have an established global presence such as offices in Dubai.

Building Regulations vary across the globe but accessibility is as relevant wherever it may be. With Direct Access, we’ll work with the necessary people to ensure you’re kept on the right side of compliance.

At Direct Access, we believe Accessibility is Universal.

United States of America

Direct Access’ ADA Access Appraisals review architectural plans and drawings for architectural and construction firms to enable innovative, creative and functional buildings to be designed with access at the outset avoiding costly retrofitting further down the line.

 

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Canada

The new Accessible Canada Act is a major step forward for Canadians with disabilities. Organisations under Federal jurisdiction, such as banking, telecommunications and transportation industries as well as the Government of Canada now have specific requirements to create a barrier-free country.

Direct Access is offering our expertise of implementing different international standards and designing solutions within transportation, healthcare and local Government to assist Canadian organisations with achieving this barrier-free goal. We are also working with private sector organisations to implement accessibility legislation from Provincial governments.

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Ireland

The Seanad Éireann Community Participation Bill currently in its third stage will require a welcome change in the number of places in Ireland offering a Changing Places facility.

Currently there are 11 across Ireland compared to over 1,000 in the UK. As proposed, there will be amendments to Part M of Building Regulations which will detail specifications that must be met. Standard accessible toilets meet the needs of some disabled people but not all. This is where a Changing Places facility comes in useful with more space and equipment such as a height adjustable changing bench and a hoist. These toilets are essential for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, muscle-wasting conditions, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy, as well as people who have suffered major physical trauma, had a head injury or stroke as well as some older people.

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France

Nous disposons d’une solide expertise en matière d’accessibilité aux personnes handicapées. Nos diagnostics accessibilité constituent le moyen le plus simple et le plus économique pour vous assurer que vos locaux sont non seulement accessibles à tous les visiteurs, mais aussi pour vous permettre de respecter l’Ad’AP (Agenda d’Accessibilité Programmée) et les normes internationales applicables.

L’INSEE (Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques) a identifié en 2016 que 20% des Français se trouvaient en situation de handicap, beaucoup d’entre eux nécessitant un environnement accessible.

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Dubai

Dubai is on a mission to become the most accessible city by 2020. An accessible environment is a key part of an inclusive society and Dubai will showcase this to the world during Expo 2020.

The Dubai Universal Design Code introduced in 2017 defines how the built environment and transportation systems in the Emirate should be designed, constructed and manged to enable people to access and use independently following the concepts of Universal Design. All new builds must comply with the Code. Existing premises must set out how they intend to comply in a report to Dubai Municipality.

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