Every year, The List’s reviewers visit around a thousand cafés, bars and restaurants across Edinburgh and Glasgow for our Eating & Drinking Guide. Checking disability access is just one of the areas they look at, but it’s a critical issue for many.
Accessibility is complex, and often the conversations we need to have about it are sidestepped for fear of saying the wrong thing. We generally associate ‘access’ with the wheelchair symbol: in the restaurant world that might mean adding a wheelchair ramp or accessible toilet. But, according to Disability Sport, fewer than 8% of people with a disability use a wheelchair – and often even basic physical access needs aren’t met. It’s clear we need to rethink our cultural approach towards accessibility.