What is an Access Gallery?
A Blue Badge Style (BBS) Access Gallery creates a warm welcome for people who are disabled in the same way a website depicts your venue – with images!
Show your accessibility (or otherwise) up front, it saves embarrassment and reduces anxiety for potential customers, their friends and families. It’s also a training/information aid for staff and saves time explaining your accessibility, they just refer the customer to the Access Gallery on the website. It shows the journey through a venue for all disabilities, in the same style as your venue’s brand, highlighting facilities and potential obstacles – nowhere is 100% accessible to all as we’re all different!
An Access Gallery allows disabled people to make an informed decision to visit, spend money (£250Bn, DWP 2017) and have a good time! It appears as a neat button on your website. This clicks through to multi media images of your facilities in the same high-quality style as your brand, with pins and notes on various access points. It is also available on mobile via the Blue Badge Style App.
Create your own Access Gallery (Quick) by following the instructions below or just contact us & we’ll do it for you.
Types of Access Gallery:
1. Access Gallery Quick – BYO (Build Your Own)
A Quick Gallery is a way to create your own access statement in hours. Just send us three photos and it can be up and running within 24 hours. We need to see and review three main spaces; the entrance, reception and bathroom/toilet. We add our guiding notes to these three images which are all in your brand style.
Within a week we can prepare a Full Gallery. The Blue Badge Style Gallery team covers all the relevant access points and facilities, taking stylish images. We then add our guiding notes and host it on our website, providing you with a website-ready button. View South Place Hotel and Angler Restaurant for examples of a Full Gallery.
3. Access Gallery – Virtual
Our VR team visits and records all the key facilities in virtual reality format. With the addition of our guiding notes the Virtual Gallery can then be presented on your website or viewed via a headset. See an example here .
They’re not just for hospitality venues, Dentons ,the world’s largest firm of solicitors, uses a BBS Access Gallery on their website. It shows the accessibility of their offices for both visitors and employees.
“Making buildings more accessible not only makes for a more equal society but also helps businesses unlock the purple pound, the £250 billion a year spending power of disabled people. This is why it’s good to see Blue Badge Style encouraging other organisations to take creative approaches to making spaces more accessible for disabled people.” Office For The Minister of Disabled People (Minister Justin Tomlinson MP).
Not Convinced? Then take a look at this video – ‘A Single Perspective of Disability’
Understand why an Access Gallery is invaluable in a disabled world. Not all disabilities are visible or the same & nowhere is 100% accessible!
Blue Badge Style Consultancy
If you’re in the design phase, or having a revamp, we can advise on how to improve your facilities so that you comply with the law without compromising on style. We’re great believers in disability as a driver of invention and that good design can benefit everyone. As Cliff Kuang says,
“By designing with the disabled in mind, we can create products that are better for everyone else” Fast Company, February 2016