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inclusive design and access consultancy services

idacs provides inclusive design and access consultancy services to help organisations understand the risks and opportunities associated with accessibility, the Equality Act 2010 (which replaced the DDA) and inclusive design.

We are independent specialists providing objective advice. Our aim is to use our expertise and understanding of the Equality Act, disabled people’s needs and technical standards to help our clients make informed decisions about their services, premises and wider customer proposition. Our Access Consultants are accredited by the National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Inclusive Environment Consultants Scheme prior to its closure.

Access Audits

When it comes to existing buildings, access audits are the first step to meeting the requirements...

Corporate Accessibility Strategies

For larger organisations, getting accessibility right starts at the top. It requires a holistic of
the how the organisation..

Design Advice

Got a project coming up? Get the advice on board before it’s built. Working as part of a design team...

General Advice

We offer lots of specific services, but sometime what a client needs does not fit within the typical services...

Access Statements/Strategies

Whether for planning or building control purposes, or just to let customers know how accessible... 

Expert Services

idacs is able to offer expert services in relation to construction disputes and technical work for potential claims...

• Working as part of your project team
• Technical design review
• Design advisory commissions
• Access audits of existing premises
• Assisting with planning and building control approvals
• Technical advice associated with complaints by disabled people
• Heritage accessibility

If you wish to discuss any of the above, or have a more complex requirement please contact us to discuss how idacs can help you.

At a glance
About Idacs
Our approach is to help organisations understand both of these drivers, to develop balanced responses and a culture of informed decision making. We are independent consultants, not affiliated with any charities providing neutral advice. We spend as much time helping clients defend complaints as we do helping clients avoid them in the first place.
Design Advice
Getting an idacs access consultant involved in your design project has a number of benefits, including:

• Ensuring your project delivers its contractual responsibilities
• Supporting the design team with statutory applications
• Increased levels of compliance with design standards
• Auditable decision making regarding access and inclusive design
• Delivering a better quality design for people who will use the building.
Disability Statistics
In the late 90’s people debated the prevalence of disability in the UK, with the debate centred on 1 in 10 or 1 in 12 people in the population being disabled. The debate has moved on, with most statistics now looking at 1 in 8 or even 1 in 6. The statistics will continue to be debated but the one thing that is certain is that disability is on the increase, and largely due to people living longer and having better healthcare.
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