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Our mission is to empower disabled people by providing independence and choice.
DisabledGo was founded in 2000 by Dr Gregory Burke (goes to our founder page) who, as a wheelchair user himself since the age of 16, is acutely aware of the barriers which disabled people face when trying to access leisure, education, employment and services in their community.
The business was born out of Gregory’s desire to break down these barriers through the provision of detailed online access information to a huge range of public places. The power of knowing that a particular venue is suited to your individual needs before leaving home cannot be underestimated.
Everyone’s needs are different, and with this in mind, Gregory embarked on 2 years of consultation with disabled people across the UK. This in depth research identified all the types of information that would be required to determine whether a venue is suited to an individual’s specific requirements. The result of this consultation was the creation of a highly detailed pan-disability survey template which our highly trained surveyors use when visiting the places they assess.
The first online access guide was published in 2002 on behalf of the London Borough of Croydon. 11 years on they remain a highly valued client.
The last 10 years have been a period of rapid growth and DisabledGo is now the UK’s leading provider of access information. Working in partnership with local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS Trusts and private sector organisations, we now publish access information to well over 120,000 places of interest across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
Yet, whilst the business has grown significantly since the early days, we remain totally committed to our founding principles and particularly to our commitment to grassroots consultation. In this way we ensure that the access information we provide is accurate, reliable, consistent, user friendly and, above all, that it reflects your demands and expectations as a user.