Here at Dreamscape Foundation, we emphasize the value of accessibility. We rally for accessibility so that public spaces will be more inclusive and safer for disabled individuals. Our mission is to uplift the lives of people with disabilities and the awareness of other people. Aside from donations for people with disabilities, the following will help improve accessibility in public and business areas:
Perform an accessibility audit
We encourage business owners to conduct an accessibility audit within their premises. There are a lot of free accessibility resources for the disabled that they can use. This will paint a clearer picture of how inclusive their business is. Be sure to check that there are accessible means of getting into and around the property. It’s also a win-win situation for both the disabled individuals and the owner since accessibility paves the way for more customers.
Allow entry of support dogs
Many disabled individuals in the United States rely on the help of their service dogs. This benefit is protected and mandated under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under this law, privately owned businesses such as theaters, hotels, restaurants, concert halls, and more are required to allow entry of service animals.
Accept other forms of identification
A lot of establishments nowadays consider driver’s licenses as the only form of identification. With many disabled individuals not allowed or physically incapable of securing one, this is quite limiting. Recognizing other forms of identification aside from a driver’s license will allow a disabled person to avail the services and goods he or she needs.
Train employees to cater to disabled individuals
Aside from physical changes in the facilities and rules, businesses should also train their staff toward accessibility. The employees should know how to assist disabled individuals with their needs. This process will also promote awareness and acceptance of people with disabilities.
How can we help the disabled?
Big or small, helping disabled individuals makes a big difference in their lives. A small contribution will add up to a more significant change. If you want to help people with disabilities, the following are the things you can do:
Be better allies
Educating yourself and understanding the plight of disabled individuals is a great help. Although indirectly, informing yourself will help combat the stereotypes and discrimination that people with disabilities face.
Always check accessibility
Regardless if you own a business or just hosting a gathering, make sure that the place and program are accessible for people with disabilities. Don’t be afraid to ask questions so you can make your place more inclusive and comfortable for people with disabilities.
Support causes that help the disabled
Charities and organizations that support people with disabilities can make use of financial and moral support. You can make donations for people with disabilities or volunteer to their activities. All efforts made toward helping disabled people will uplift their lives in so many ways. True to this mission, Dreamscape Foundation provides accommodation for the disabled so that they can pursue fulfilling work and education. As a charity for people with disabilities, we provide aid for people with sensory impairments to improve their quality of life. Your contributions are funneled entirely to support our causes to make their lives easier.