Accessibility outside the home: key facts from the life opportunities survey interim results, 2009/10

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Great Britain. Office for Disability Issues
Office for Disability Issues
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1 December 2010
Disabled people
Social welfare
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This information sheet present some of the interim findings of the life opportunities survey regarding accessibility for disabled peoples outside of their homes. The survey found that just under a third of adults with impairments found some buildings inaccessible compared with under a tenth of adults without impairments. The most commonly reported type of building that was inaccessible were shops, followed by hospitals. The most common barrier to accessing buildings was moving around the building for reasons related to stairs, doors or narrow corridors. The qualitative aspect of the research demonstrated the importance of having access to a good and accessible transport network in order to enable adults with impairments to access shops, including in areas where local services have been withdrawn.

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