Access

for Everybody

Award-winning Universal Design and Accessibility experts. Led by disabled people.

Direct Access has led the accessibility and inclusion field since our inception in 2004. We are a DOBE™ certified Disability Owned and Operated Business Enterprise providing accessibility consultancy based on our real lived experience of disability. 

We enable organisations to create inclusive environments that meet and exceed accessibility standards and building regulations. 

We work with clients, architects and design teams working on small community venues to UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Two men (Steven Mifsud and Steve Dering) look at blueprint on a building site in the desert at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Consultancy

Following best practice and meeting your obligations under the Equality Act.

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Media

Our recording studios and tactile production facilities produce a wide variety of accessible information – empowering people.

A photograph of the Direct Access Evacuation Chair.

Products

Key accessible products that make a real and substantial difference to the lives of people with disabilities

A Selection of

Our Work

Latest

News

A Refuge Point sign on a grey wall with the international symbol of access printed on it next to an emergency two-way intercom within a non-specific building interior. In the background, a floor to ceiling window reveals a church and several houses being battered by the rain on a cloudy day.
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The Direct Access Guide to Accessible Wayfinding

When we hear the phrase “wayfinding”, what most frequently comes to mind is the application and availability of signage in a particular environment, which is normally used to signify elements of a space that requires visitor attention, or offer directional guidance in complex environments, such as shopping centres, hospitals, museums,

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A public toilet exterior in Shibuya Ward Tokyo. Three green doors with different symbols representing genders and disability are imprinted on each. in front of the restroom, which is a small, rectangular, white building are a variety of thin trees and plants. Text overlayed on the image reads "public restrooms should be accessible to all". A public toilet exterior in Shibuya Ward Tokyo. Three green doors with different symbols representing genders and disability are imprinted on each. in front of the restroom, which is a small, rectangular, white building are a variety of thin trees and plants. Text overlayed on the image reads "public restrooms should be accessible to all".
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The public restrooms that set the world standard for accessibility

Depending on where you live, the accessibility, frequency, and sanitary quality of local public restrooms wildly vary. In the United Kingdom, it speaks to a specific lack of both care and understanding, that local authorities do not invest in accessible and clean public WCs, where not only are public toilets

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Under the Sea - Terra The Sustainability pavilion
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New academic journal highlights accessibility at Expo 2020 Dubai

A new academic journal released by the Springer Publishing Company this week has detailed feedback by disabled people (or People of Determination) on the accessibility of Expo 2020 Dubai. Expo 2020, which was held in the United Arab Emirates between October 2021 and March 2022, was a client of Direct

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A photograph of the exterior of the Science and Industry museum in Manchester.
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A guide to curating inclusive exhibitions and museums

When we think about accessibility in the context of most built environments, the first thing that comes to mind for most people is whether wheelchair users can directly access the building via ramps, sufficiently wide doors, and elevators. But accessibility is, as we all know, is much more than mobility

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A modern living room space with artificial plants decorating a space which includes a coffee table and red armchairs.
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How inclusive and accessible design leads to future-proof housing developments

What is Inclusive Design? In construction, inclusive design is a sustainable, inclusive, and cost-effective design practice, yet is also massively underutilised. For firms that do use inclusive design when approaching new builds, it presents an opportunity for site owners to create built environments that are massively beneficial to every individual

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Address

United Kingdom
Suite GB,
Pepper House,
Market Street,
Nantwich,
Cheshire,
CW5 5DQ.

Ireland
77 Camden Street Lower,
Dublin,
D02 XE80.

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+44 1270 626222

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United Kingdom
Suite GB,
Pepper House,
Market Street,
Nantwich,
Cheshire,
CW5 5DQ.

Ireland
77 Camden Street Lower,
Dublin,
D02 XE80.

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