The Blind Hammer Column
Blind Hammer invites comments on Accessibility at West ham
Next week the West Ham Disabled Supporters Advisory Board (DSAB) will meet. The Board provides the club with feedback to improve its services.
Anybody who has positive or negative feedback that they would like me to address can do so by either posting comments below or can email me privately.
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Comments and emails need to reach me by lunchtime on Monday 2nd April so that I can organise their submission to the Board.
For fuller information about Accessibility at West Ham you can download the West Ham Accessibility Statement from my “Sendspace: server”: https://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/uuiteb
To contact the West Ham Accessibility Team you should call 0333 030 0174 or email email@example.com
Below is a sketch of some of the services West Ham provides. Specific details and advice should be confirmed with the Accessibility Team.
Disabled supporters need to register with the Accessibility Team to receive support. This will normally involve providing some evidence of Impairment. Support is also provided for senior citizens, fans with mobility difficulties or temporary injuries and pregnant mothers.
Concessionary Tickets are available for Supporters with qualifying Disability. If there is a need for personal assistance in relation to disability the club will normally provide a complementary free second Carer’s ticket.
Support is also provided for Disabled Supporters through a dedicated Ticket Purchase line.
Accessibility Shuttle Bus Service
18 complimentary Accessibility shuttle buses run from Stratford and Stratford International to and from the Stadium. There is also a service for away supporters. Bus permits are available from the Accessibility Team. A permit would also be issued for a personal assistant if required. This is a popular and heavily used service so some queuing is likely but the service does appear to be continually improving.
The Club has limited provision for car parking at the Stadium. 49 accessible parking spaces including six for away supporters have been reserved. Spaces are allocated seasonally and a waiting list is in place.
You should contact the Accessibility team to inquire about a pick-up/drop-off facility using a car or Taxi.
There are 253 wheelchair accessible spaces in the stadium. West ham does not set any upper limit to the number of Ambulant Disabled Supporters they will assist.
*Match day Assistance *
Disabled Supporter Assistants (DSA) are on hand to assist supporters before,
During and after the match. DSAs are identifiable as they wear a high visibility pink stewards Vest.
Audio Commentary Service
A free Audio commentary service, organised by the “Insightful Irons”, is available to all partially-sighted and blind supporters. You should contact the Accessibility Team in advance of a match day if interested.
Notes on the DSAB
The Board Membership was established by application last year. The composition was independently determined by existing Disabled supporters on the main SAB who act as Joint chair. They have attempted to ensure a wide representation of impairment insights but this will be continually reviewed.
This is a brief summary only. Please contact the Accessibility Team or consult the Accessibility Statement for fuller details. If you have any queries or concerns as well as feedback then do not hesitate to contact me direct. use comments below or privately by email if preferred.