An Access Audit (also known as a DDA audit, Disability Discrimination Act Audit or Disabled Access Audit) is an assessment of a building, an environment or a service against best-practice standards to benchmark its accessibility to disabled people.
A Disability Access Audit helps you to understand your obligations under the Equality Act. It identifies barriers to disabled access, sets out options for removing these barriers, assesses which option is the most reasonable and then makes a clear recommendation as to which option to implement, when to do it and how much it will cost. The Access Audit can form the basis of a plan of action to enable you to improve the accessibility of your building, environment or service over time.
By having an Access Audit and then implementing its recommendations, you will be able to demonstrate that you have adopted a reasonable approach, which will help you to defend a complaint or action brought against you by a disabled person, but more importantly, you will be improving access for disabled people and, in all likelihood many other users.
The scope of the audit will discuss and agree with all elements of building and environment,
Typically, an audit would cover:
- Approach and Car Parking
- Horizontal Circulation – corridors
- Lifts and Stairs
- Internal Doors
- Signage and Wayfinding
- Means of Escape for Disabled People