City and Town Centre Shopmobility Schemes

Some shops offer in-house hearing loops and special Braille additions to signage and packaging. The Co-operative society in particular has a range of products, including over the counter medicines, which have information printed in Braille. Supermarkets like Tesco also have special disabled access schemes, often with their own specially adapted trolleys and sometimes their own Shopmobility scooters.

Some supermarkets and shops also offer magnifiers for those who have difficulties reading small print, and pen grips for those who have difficulty in holding pens – for example, arthritis sufferers.

Most car parks also have nominated disabled parking, for which users are required to have obtained and displayed a blue badge, ramps to entrances for easy access, automatic sliding or opening doors, and contrasting stair treads to help prevent slipping and falling accidents.

All of these measures are intended to make your shopping experience as easy and safe as possible, so remember to ask staff for assistance wherever you see the symbols.