We consult with an established access group advising the project team on appropriate consultation materials; preparing tactile plans for group members with impaired vision; chairing meetings; taking notes and responding to queries/suggestions on access issues.
For a typical project we attend three sessions with the access group, although this varies. The first meeting will present the outline concept while the second meeting will cover access issues in more detail and will usually be held prior to planning. Assuming there are no issues of great concern we recommend holding the final session once the building is occupied so that members of the group can review the impact of their input and the project team can learn lessons for future projects. These three sessions can be supplemented by additional meetings if deemed necessary or useful. Visits to similar sites can be of particular value in sharing ideas, developing proposals and testing solutions.