York Looks at Dementia Street Signing
City of York Council is taking steps to help their residents who suffer from dementia by overhauling their street signage.
A public consultation will let the population decide what changes to their signs they may find beneficial during day to day life with the disease. This can include installing clearer way finding signs installed at key areas in the city such as bus stops Newgate Market taxi ranks and civic buildings.
The move came after a an Access and Mobility Audit of the city centre undertaken in 2012 discovered the councils signage did not meet accessibility guidelines in terms of font size and colour.
Cllr David Levene cabinet member for transport at City of York Council said: This is about getting feedback on how we can best help residents and visitors find their way round a complex fascinating network of streets and snickelways. The aim is to meet the latest accessibility standards make the most of digital opportunities and respect and add to Yorks character and distinctiveness.
Some options for the scheme involve adopting a local style for fixed panels with blocks of information or alternatively using the existing fingerpost signs with updated accessible information.
The project is part of an accessibility revolution which the council say they are undertaking to inform local businesses and residents to become aware of dementia sufferers needs.
Philly Hare who manages the charitys Dementia without Walls programme said: We know that clear signage and other clues for way finding can help people at the earlier stages of dementia to continue making the most of their community and to get out and about with confidence. City of York Council has been a key player in helping to create a dementia-friendly York and this new scheme could make a huge difference.
The consultation is supported by poverty charity the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and will run from Monday 1 September until Monday 13 October.Written by Phil Adams
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