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If you are a local authority or organisation wishing to enquire about obtaining a license for your residents, please contact us at lme-enquires@shaw-trust.org.uk, where we will be happy to assist.

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Access signs, symbols and surfaces

This section includes equipment that highlights accessible areas, or provides indicators that a person can use to navigate themselves around an area or building. They may be suitable for indoor and/or outdoor use.

Accessible signs and symbols may have high visibility or a tactile surface. They may indicate facilities that are accessible to people with a disability. Tactile signs can be placed to alert a person with reduced vision to a flight of stairs or other obstacles, and three-dimensional maps and diagrams can be followed by touch. Some signs indicate exits and refuge points for wheelchair users.

Audible direction units are programmed with verbal messages to assist with navigation around a building.

Visual indicators use contrasting, bright coloured or luminescent strips and markers to direct partially sighted people. They can be used for general orientation, or as an alert to fire escape routes or step edges. Also included are flashing units/beacons which may attract the attention of a blind or partially sighted use to a particular object or potential hazard.

Tactile paving and surface treatments are used to alert a person with reduced vision, for example, to changes in direction as the tactile floor surface can be felt underfoot. Surface treatments provide extra gripping power on most flat areas and are available in a range of textures and colours. These substances usually need to be laid by trained personnel.

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Strolll Cue Markers for Parkinson's
Tape designed to reduce the risk of falls when walking. Comprises: PVC construction; adhesive backing; can be secured to hard floors and carpets; tape...
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Steps 3-2-1
Self-adhesive labels with raised bars to indicate number of steps or stairs to be negotiated before level flooring is reached. Designed to stick to st...
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Rocol Safe Step Anti-slip Spray
Range of slip-resistant coatings which can be sprayed or painted onto indoor and outdoor surfaces.
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Protectakote Slip Resistant Floor Covering
Polyurethane, slip-resistant floor coating. Options: range of colours and tin sizes available.
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Reflective Tape
Self-adhesive reflective tape, used to highlight steps and other potential hazards. Options: range of colours.
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Tactile Signs
Made-to-measure tactile signs in a range of materials. Comprises: Braille characters; raised letters; colour contrast and reduced glare.
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Projecting 3d Sign
Triangular, plastic, projecting access sign with wheelchair symbol.
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Photoluminescent Anti-slip Tapes
Glow in the dark anti-slip tape designed for steps and fire escapes. Comprises: recharged by natural light. Options: available in plain or hazard war...
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Exit And Assembly Signs
Range of self-adhesive, vinyl emergency access signs. Range of sizes available.
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Day-glo Orange Tape
Brightly-coloured day-glo orange tape. Comprises made from self-adhesive fabric, and uses include outlining light switches or taping around worktops o...
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Access Symbols
Range of emergency and access signs, including tactile and photo luminescent signs. Can be made-to-measure. Range of sizes and materials available inc...
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If you know that there is a certain product that will help you, feel free to browse through our online catalogue or use our search tool for specific product names. National retailers are listed against each product and you can click on their link to go directly to their website to order that product or contact the retailer for more information. Don't forget to tell them you found their information on our site.

If you are unsure about what you need why not try our AskSARA tool to narrow down your search by considering what areas of daily living you need help with.

If you would prefer to speak to someone for advice about daily living equipment, please contact our Helpline on 0300 999 0004.

Our experienced advisors will help you find the solution to your problem and can send you information on products that might help you, where you can buy equipment and other useful organisations that might be able to help you.

You can also post a question on the Youreable forum. it’s free to join the forum and the community is supportive and knowledgeable. The forum is an online community of and for disabled and older people and their families/carers.


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