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NICE urges councils to make it easier for disabled people to be active

23rd August 2017

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued new guidance calling for local councils to make it easier for people with disabilities to get active.

A series of recommendations from the regulator has advised authorities to encourage people to visit their parks and local open spaces, even those with reduced mobility due to physical disabilities, visual impairments or those who may find it challenging to get around for other reasons.

This could include steps such as keeping obstructions such as parked cars, hanging baskets or bins out of the way on pavements, and to amend the design of pedestrian crossings to make them more accessible, including dropped-down pavements for wheelchair users, textured ground for people with visual impairments, and allowing more time for signals to change.

Councils have also been called upon to engage with their community to take account of the needs and views of local people, including those with limited mobility.

Andy Jones, member of the NICE guideline committee, said: "Making sure local streets and green spaces are attractive for everyone, including those with limited mobility is incredibly important. This guideline provides help on how to make local areas more accessible for all."

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