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We have a flyer ( sorry, its in PDF and we cant convert it ) of disability football sessions from the Newcastle United Foundation . There are none which are VI specific but several are pan disability and one of the coaches is local visually impaired person , the superb Paul Mathieson . To download the flyer , please click Flyer
Vision Hotels update
We asked Vision Hotels for a new year update and this is the essence of their reply
The hotels are being marketed for sale from January 2017. Action will continue to operate the Cliffden Hotel and Windermere Manor hotels during this period. Action are very keen to transfer the hotels to new operators as a going concern.
When expressions of interest for one or both properties have been received then both Guide Dogs and Action will review their options going forward in the best interests of blind and partially sighted people.
An interesting report has just been published. Click-Away Pound Survey 2016 . You can download the report in Word 97 - 2003 format by clicking Report
This states that
- 71% of disabled customers with access needs will click away from a website that they find difficult to use.
- Those customers who click away have an estimated spending power of £11.75 billion in the UK alone, around 10% of the total UK online spend in 2016.
- 82% of customers with access needs would spend more if websites were more accessible.
In the UK in 2016, around 6.1 million internet users have impairments that affect the way they use the Internet. Those 6.1 million people will spend £16.55 billion online this year.
The Survey shows that over 80% of these customers will spend their money not necessarily on the website that offers the cheapest products, but where fewest barriers are placed in their way. In fact, 71% of these customers will click away from websites that do not cater for their access needs.
Those customers who click away have an estimated spending power of £11.75 billion in the UK alone; that is almost 10% of the projected total UK online spend in 2016.
Selling online offers global opportunities but also global competition. Providing services with access barriers to millions of people in the UK equates to tens of millions through Europe and hundreds of millions worldwide.
Most businesses will be unaware that they are losing income because more than 90% of customers who have difficulty using a site will not contact them. Unless businesses actively develop an understanding of accessibility, many will be unaware that the barriers even exist. Yet it is within the control of website owners to take down the barriers which are actively discouraging disabled and older customers.