Following my chat with @LydiaBrunt of The Care Forum today, my understanding is that we need an accessibility link field to hold a URL going to a page describing the accessibility of a location. Such a page can give detailed accessibility information and pictures to help people assess how accessible a location is to them. Here’s an example such page for Bristol Citizens Advice prepared by AccessAble.
The current Open Referral UK data structure (see guidance) uses the international Open Referral structure that allows for one or more entries of free text describing the accessibility of each location.
The Placecube Open Place Directory actually implements something different. It currently uses an enumeration of accessibility types. For example, this Blackburn service has a location with accessibility types of:
My understanding from speaking with AccessAble is that some such categories are incontrovertible and so such a list might be useful, but some headings like “wheelchair accessible” are subjective and need more details that can only be provided in dedicated web pages for each location.
It therefore seems that the accessibility_for_disabilities data structure for each location might need these three optional properties:
- accessibility - free text field as at present
- accessibility_url - for a link to a full page on accessibility
- accessibility_taxonomy - to support what Placcube does, but ideally via an external taxonomy rather than an enumeration
It would be good to get feedback on this. @pbrown may wish to comment as the query arose in respect of Placecube’s Bristol directory which has services with locations for which accessibility web pages are available.