|How do I search for an accessible facility?|
|When you search the Access Ratings Database you will be presented with four drop-down menus and a keyword search from which you can select particular search criteria. You may narrow down the search by category or subcategory or search by a particular location. There is the possibility to order the results by rating or location and also to narrow down the search by specifying a particular keyword.|
|You are able to search by using the following search criteria:|
-this is a list of all the suburbs in and around Brisbane
-Business and government
-Sport and recreation
-Tourism and travel or
-changes according to category
If you search by all locations and categories, your search will not be narrowed down and you will see a list of all the entries in the Access Brisbane database.
|The results— what do the stars indicate?|
|The results will tell you what information you requested in the search bar at the top, with the possibility of changing the search criteria if you wish. The search results are shown under the search table. An overall star rating is provided.|
* * * * Fours stars — Meets enhanced access standards
* * * Three stars — Meets minimum access standards
* * Two stars — Accessible with difficulty
* One star — Not accessible
|What can I do with the data?|
|When you choose a site from the search results, a table of details will come up. These details include general information on the site including address and telephone numbers. If you want to suggest changes to any of these details you will need to become a registered user and provide suggestions by clicking on the icon, which will bring up a window where you can record changes and suggestions. However, you can make an informal comment anonymously ('Add informal' button).|
We want your comments. Feedback and comments add value to this service and can provide a true indication of what a place is like to visit. Comments can indicate the level of accessibility, the accuracy of the existing database record or can just let everyone know what dish you recommend from the menu.
In the site results, you will also find a jump-menu of facilities for the site. Facilities may include things like parking, paths of travel and automatic counters (like ATMs). Click on one of the facilities to get both assessors' comments and informal comments (of general users). Here's where you can add your own informal comments on individual facilities or suggest changes and updates as a registered user by clicking on the icon.
|How do I add a new location record?|
|Access Brisbane's database is designed to grow with your visits to new places.|
Download the check sheets, print them out and go on your visit. The check sheets include references to the Australian Standards for disability access. You may be able to obtain the relevant standards from your local library (or they may be able to order them for you) or you can contact John MacPherson, Brisbane City Council's Access Officer (phone 3403 8888 or e-mail email@example.com) for advice on where to obtain them. Once you have completed your visit you can enter your record.
To enter your record, first you will need to register as a community contributor. You will only have to register once as in the future you will be able to use your e-mail address to gain access. Once you have completed your visit you can then enter the information onto the web page via the Internet. Your record will not be shown immediately although it will be shown once the administrator has checked and approved it.
|How do I add a story?|
|Do you have a tale, a yarn, a story or some information that belongs in this collection?|
If you're handy with a computer keyboard and digital camera please email us your stories.