Jul 28

Salford Trials New App To Improve Gym Access For Disabled People

Matthew

A new app is currently being trialled in Salford that makes it easier for disabled people to make use of sports centres and gyms, with the pilot being carried out by Sport England.

The WelcoMe app, developed by Neatebox, helps people to plan ahead with their trips, giving them more control over their visits and allowing them to get in touch with venues before they arrive, letting them know of any assistance or specific requirements they may have, the Manchester Evening News reports.

App users will have to give venues at least two hours’ notice of their visit so that staff members know how to provide the best level of help, as well as getting equipment ready and making necessary preparations.

Ferdy Habib – whose 20-year-old son has autism and Erb’s palsy – praised the app, saying: “It is respectful and reduces the stress that people can feel particularly if there is a queue at the leisure centre or sports venue.

“Sami just wants to get in the gym and get on with his training session rather than having to wait. To be welcomed in advance would also be a huge benefit as it would put Sami at ease and it would be good for him to know that someone knows who he is in advance. It’s important to realise that not everyone has visible disabilities.”

All you need to do to get started is download the app, set up an account and build your personalised accessibility profile. You can then browse venues and see what accessibility features they have, allowing you to plan visits and indicate the assistance you require on arrival.

 

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