I love my adopted country, so much so that I wish it would adopt me. There are things which I find completely confusing about England and the English. Often they're things that I can just just brush off--the eggs being shelved with the baking goods at the grocery store for instance. But I still can't get past the very different views of those with disabilities (both seen and unseen). It's something that I'm sure I'll write more about as time goes on, but a friend's question about induction loop systems for hearing aids made me go out and take some pictures.
The English are far and away better about making sure the hard of hearing are included in society than the Americans, but there are some other problems of accessibility. Below are some pictures of Bath and it's accessibility standards.
Sales assistants are also expected to help those with mobility problems though the training for this is completely lacking. The visually impaired are also offered help; though, the sign doesn't indicate this. Not that indicating it would help the visually impaired as the sign itself is too small.
The one section of the store that is not accessible for chair users is ladies underwear because it was determined that using the portable ramp in that area was too dangerous. The ladies will bring down every pair they've got to a dressing room and then bring what someone likes in their size.
A Bank which isn't open 24 hours a day except online: No smoking, No pet dogs, No face coverings, Big Brother is watching you, help for the visually impaired. Help for wheelchair users, and a loop system is in place.
This is a small boutique style shop: Loop system, help for those with mobility issues, and a disabled fitting room are available.
This business seems to have twigged (caught on) that people need a way of asking for the help on offer. However, the bell isn't reachable from a chair, so you'd still need to ask for help.
I wonder if things are just as bad in the Northeastern US where people are also dealing with old buildings?