First Ambassador Event
This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Powerchair
Whilst helping promote Euan's Guide reviewing with Ryan MacDonald at Capability Scotland we decide to conduct a review on the building itself.
Transport & Parking
There are 3 disabled spaces right outside of this building and 3 space outside the buildings at either side, all in all there are plenty of disabled and non-disabled parking spaces close by the Capability Scotland building. If you are blue badge holder you can park free of charge, otherwise you have to pay for parking. The train station is roughly a 12 minute walk away, although take into account there are some traffic light crossings. Pavements are flat however and all crossings have appropriate dipped kerbs. Building is also close to city centre so plenty of bus stations within a 10 minute walk an Dundee bus station is roughly a 7 minute walk.
The Capability Scotland building in Dundee is all level access and has wide enough doors to allow easy access, doors also have darker frames around them to help people with a visual impairment. All rooms I saw are very spacious for numerous wheelchairs and corridors are also wide enough to not cause wheelchair traffic jams. I loved the sensory room were all at a good level for someone in a wheelchair to reach and there is a great tracking hoist if you fancy a comfier seat. The only problems that I saw here was that first of all the buzzer to allow you access to the building was too high for anyone in a wheelchair to reach. The exit button was at a good level however there were fire extinguishers which meant that you wouldn't be able to reach if you were in a wheelchair, however even if they weren't there you would still struggle because the doors open out the way and you wouldn't have time to move out of the way before they opened. Only the door leading to the toilets and doors for the toilets had automatic button, but staff did notice maybe all doors should have automatic button pads.
There are two great changing place toilets within the Capability Scotland building, these are fully equipped with a hoist, bench and privacy curtain. Toilet is placed in the center of the wall which means that if you are able to transfer yourself. The only problems I had were that I couldn't reach the lock and open button for the door with the toilet because the radiator was in the way, but I would have someone with me to help, not sure if others in wheelchairs would manage. Also I struggled to reach the sink. But I am delighted there are more changing place toilets available, it is open 9am until 5pm Monday till Friday.
All staff were lovely and were very welcoming.