Sarah Rennie is the chair of our Accessibility Advisory Forum. Here’s her guest blog for us about the Birmingham 2022 commitment to accessibility.
I’m delighted to have been appointed as the Chair for the Birmingham 2022 Accessibility Advisory Forum, a group that includes passionate and experienced representatives from our community, charities, official competition venues and Games Partners.
Working closely with the Birmingham 2022 team and its partners, we want to make this the most accessible Commonwealth Games in history.
One of our first major tasks has been to offer advice and guidance on introducing the Birmingham 2022 Accessibility and Inclusion Commitment.
A key part of the commitment is the creation of the Birmingham 2022 Inclusive Games Standard or The BIG Standard, an A to Z of access and inclusion which we really hope will become a blueprint for future editions of the Commonwealth Games, as well as future events held across the West Midlands.
The BIG Standard focusses on making improvements in areas such as wheelchair bays and accessible seating, specifications for accessible rooms in the athletes’ accommodation, and the provision of accessible and changing places toilets.
The Forum will review services, processes, and operations to consider whether appropriate standards and levels of accessibility are being delivered. We will also analyse venue design, transport and technology and provide guidance to make sure that information provided in the build up to and during the Games, is accessible in both its presentation and content.
Games competition venues must be as accessible as possible so that they meet the needs of everyone that will visit them. Birmingham 2022 is already working towards delivering a safe, exciting and dignified experience for everyone attending the Games, whether they are athletes, officials, spectators, media or the Games’ workforce.