For people with disabilities who are thinking about a trip to London, here are a couple of websites that offer advice on finding accommodation and services to suit their particular needs.
The National Accessible Scheme provides disability-aid standards and accreditation for tourism service providers. While this system won’t guarantee compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act, it will both educate tourism providers and create a recognized rating that can potentially aid disabled travelers/consumers.
When choosing a tourism provider, ask before booking whether your lodgings subscribe to scheme or look out for the NAS’ ten symbols, which are split into three categories:
Denotes facilities provided for (from left to right):
a person who can travel unaided in a wheelchair;
a wheelchair user who requires personal or mechanical assistance;
a person with restricted walking ability who may need to use a wheelchair;
sufficient mobility to climb steps but would benefit from balance-aid fixtures and fittings;
all levels of mobility impairment.
Blind or Visually Impaired
Denotes services and facilities to meet the needs of those with either minor (left) or major (right) visual impairment.
Deaf or Hearing Impaired
Denotes services and facilities to meet the needs of those with either minor (left) or major (right) hearing impairment.
Tourism for All is a nationally-registered charity designed to educate the tourism and hospitality sector about the needs of the disabled and to provide information about accessible accommodation and other tourism services to older people and those with disabilities.
The comprehensive site offers information to the disabled about accessibility to attractions, public transport, parking and public toilets, and information to the travel industry on why and how they can look after disabled visitors.