Accessibility Award Goes To Local Adult "Toy" Store
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 20, 2003
DERBY, ENGLAND--Kmart, Walgreen's, Mervyn's and other chain stores could take a few tips from Ann Summers on St. Peter's Street, considered by a local disability group to provide the easiest shopping experience for customers with disabilities.
Ann Summers sells lingerie, sex toys, adult videos, books and "erotic accessories".
"It's a small shop but they have got it absolutely right," said Amarjit Raji, the head of Disability Direct which organized the award.
The sex shop was praised because it has internal ramps, accessible changing rooms with garment hooks installed low enough for wheelchair users, and a welcoming, open floor plan. It also has a particularly helpful, friendly staff, said the judges.
"It was not built with disabled people in mind but when we opened and realized the large number of disabled customers, we decided to make the premises more wheelchair friendly," store manager Carol Dobson told BBC News.
"Sex shop is wheelchair friendly" (BBC News)
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