Before you venture out you may want to know where to find disabled toilets. Circa have drafted a good list of these and also where to buy or borrow the radar keys which allow access to those toilets that are locked, see below:
(Keys allowing access to Disabled Toilets, both on island & also the uk)
Keys can be purchasedfrom the following locations:-
CIRCA, Level 2, Chester Street Car Park, Douglas
Douglas Library, 10-12 Victoria Street, Douglas
Welcome Centre, Sea Terminal Building, Douglas.
Onchan District Commissioners, Main Road, Onchan
Peel Commissioners, Town Hall, Derby Road, Peel
Ramsey Town Commissioners, Town Hall, Parliament Square, Ramsey
Short term loan of keys during opening hours from:
OnchanDistrict Commissioners. Their keys can also be picked up from Onchan Park and Onchan Library
Access Office, Masham Court, Douglas
Disabled toilets are situated at the following locations:-
The island’s first accessible Changing Place toilet is now open at the Manx Museum, offering safe and clean toilet facilities for people with multiple and complex disabilities.
The new facility provides
- A sizable changing room for disabled people and carers
- Height adjustable changing bench
- Overhead powered track hoist (users bring their own sling)
- Adjustable washbasin
- Centrally placed toilet with room to move either side
- Separate quiet space available
Andreas Ayre United Playing Field (NR)
Ballasalla Silverdale Glen
Bride Village Car Park (NR)
Castletown Civic Centre, Town Centre Square
Douglas Sea Terminal Building (NR)
Loch Promenade Gardens
Opposite Jubilee Clock, Loch Promenade
Marks & Spencer Car Park
York Road, off Broadway
Colours, Central Promenade
Port Jack, Douglas Promenade cont
Slug and Lettuce, Wellington Street
Shaws Brow Car Park, Barrack Street
Terminus Tavern, Douglas Promenade (outside)
Kirk Michael Glen Wyllin Camp Site (SO)
Laxey The Harbour (NR) open 7am-5pm
M.E.R Station – seasonal opening
Onchan Park (2 facilities)
Peel Shore Road/Victoria Road
Peel Camp Site (SO)
Port Erin Station Road Car Park
Port St Mary Golf Pavilion (NR)
Ramsey Market Place
Mooragh Park, Lakeside Pavilion (NR)
Coronation Park, by bus station
West Quay (NR) open 7am – 5pm
Ramsey Town Hall – office hours
Bowring Road, Ramsey
St Johns Main Road
NR = no radar key needed
SO = seasonal only
AccessAble has a website giving detailed information on accessibility in private and public premises located on the Isle of Man and in the UK. All locations have been assessed by trained personnel. Be aware that not all the properties listed are accessible.
To find an accessible taxi on the Isle of Man, check out https://www.gov.im/media/1352509/wheelchairaccessiblevehicleslist.pdf
Some holiday accommodation on the Isle of Man has now been graded under the National Accessibility Scheme (NAS). Should a staycation suit your needs best, find these properties under www.visitisleofman.com on the Where to Stay menu on the home page.
Access Page on the Isle of Man Government website. This gives details on available support for disabled people using computers eg BrowseAloud services and other useful links.
The Highways Division of the Isle of Man Government can be contacted on tel:686600, or email to find out how to apply for a permit to access disabled parking spaces.
Crossroad Care houses the Access Office at Masham Court, Victoria Road, Douglas, IM2 4AW. Tel: 628926 for more information regarding access to Manx locations.
Access to cafes and restaurants is included in Leisure/eating out and on the DisabledGo website.
If you are registered disabled and no-one at your abode in the Douglas area is physically able to put out the rubbish wheelie bin, ring Douglas Borough Council and ask for a form for the Red Bin Scheme. A red lid on your bin will warn the rubbish collectors that they will need to move it to the wagon. Terms and conditions apply. Tel: 696300. This also applies for temporary disablement.
Disability Access Consultancy Service
For businesses wanting advice on accessibility with the Equality Act coming into place contact Crossroads Care who run the Tiered Award Scheme. How accessible is your business? Being disability confident is a big opportunity whether your business is small or large. Taking part in the free Award Scheme showing your disability awareness will help you to meet some of the requirements of the Act. firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 673103
Manx National Heritage – at www.manxnationalheritage.im go to Visit, click on Historic Attractions, and select a site. At the bottom of the page under Related Documents find the Access Guide as a document of a PDF to decide if a visit would be suitable for your needs.
Flying – www.gov.im/transport/airport– under airport information there is a drop-down menu on customer services that includes a section for passengers with reduced mobility, should you decide to travel off-island.
Sailing – The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company may be able to make special arrangements to help you, should you require assistance in any way to travel. Check out www.steam-packet.com/AboutUs/SpecialAssistance
Thinking of travelling and wondering where to stay? Check out http://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/18/travel/accomable-airbnb-disability-travel/index.html for accommodation here and abroad. For peer reviews by carers and/or the disabled person see www.eaunsguide.com .Also check out Enable Holidays at www.enableholidays.com. For holidays in New Zealand view https://www.makingtrax.co.nz/
The Highways Division of the Isle of Man Government can be contacted on tel:686600, email email@example.com to find out how to obtain a reserved parking space, and permits for disabled people to access a disabled parking space.
Bus Vannin run a fully accessible Island-wide bus service. See www.iombusandrail.info for more information or tel:662525.
Steam Train -please mention in advance that you have limited mobility and the staff will do their best to accommodate your needs. They can use a ramp on some trains to take the wheelchair on board. Wheelchairs can be placed in the guards van while on board. Contact tel: 662525 and the staff will discuss your requirements.
Electric Tram – These vintage vehicles have steep often curling steps to board and the central aisle is narrow. Should you wish to take a ride please tel: 662525 in advance to discuss how the staff can help make this possible.
The Lady Chaffeurs taxi service
The Lady Chauffeurs are a team of 4 kind considerate caring female drivers all police checked, all able to drive taxis so clients are fully insured. They will do what ever is needed including calling family to say clients are home and well. Please see the Fb and trip advisor sites for clients feedback. They can stay with the client and help them return to the car. They will consider all reasonable requests. The journey prices are all Gov metered prices and charge 20per hr waiting/accomained time (as of July 2016). The long wheel base cars give 2 ft of space in the rear before touching the front seat and the large doors and perfect seat heights enables easy access. The car boots will fit a folded wheel chair in . They chauffeur female and male clients it just means you will only ever get a female driver. We supply a loyalty card and offer all clients a half price journey on the tenth journey. Tel: 235577.
DSC Disability Concession Passes
Disability Concession Passes are authorised by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) 3rd floor Markwell House, Market Street, Douglas, IM1 2RZ. Telephone +44 1624 686325. The Welcome Centre, Sea Terminal, Douglas issue the pass on production of a letter of entitlement from the DHSC. A passport size photograph is required.
The pass entitles the holder to:
- Free travel on bus services on public holidays, bank holidays and weekends
- Half fare travel on bus services before 9am Mondays to Fridays.
- Free travel on bus services after 9am on weekdays.
- Full fare on the Night Owl /Hullad Oie services.
- Free travel after 9am on scheduled services of the IoM Steam Railway.
- Free travel after 9am on scheduled services of the Manx Electric Railway.
- Free travel after 9am on scheduled services on the Snaefell Mountain Railway.
Ask to see if there is a concessionary rate for a carer too.
Manx Blind Welfare
Concessionary passes issued to residents with visual impairment by the Manx Blind Welfare Society entitle the holder to travel free at all times with the exception of the Manx Express Services. Guide dogs travel free. For details please contact Manx Blind Welfare, Corrin Court, Heywood Avenue, Onchan, IM3 3AP. Telephone +44 1624 674727.
The pass entitles the holder to travel free at all times with the exception of the Manx Express. Guide dogs travel free.
Concessionary travel passes for Senior Citizens, DHSC Disability concession passes and Manx Blind Welfare passes cannot be used for travel on Manx Express services that are timed to arrive in Douglas before 9am and for Manx Express services that depart Douglas between 5pm and 6pm.An admin charge of 10.00 will be applied for the reissue of all lost passes.
Sailing for the Disabled offers adults and children with conditions that affects their day to day life, whether it is physical mental or emotional the opportunity of sailing on our own boat Pride of Mann III. You do not need any previous experience of sailing – some have never been in a yacht before. It is a sport that may be tried at any age and with virtually any disability, including people in wheelchairs and those with visual and hearing impairment. www.sftd-iom.com or tel:471666 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Access to Churches
Diocese of Sodor and Man Churches Disability Access
|Dalby||Y (via hall)||Y||N||Y||Y||N|
|Michael||Y||N||Y||via fire exit||N||N|
|St Olave, North Ramsey||via North door||N||front 50%||Y||Y||N|
|Abbey Church Ballasalla||Y||in hall||Y||friendly||Y||N|
|St Marks||Y||in hall||N||friendly||friendly||N|
|Kirk Santon||Y||in hall||N||friendly||friendly||N|
|St Paul, Foxdale||N||N||N||n/a|
|Rushen Kirk Christ||Y||Y||Y||n/a|
|St Catherine, Port Erin||Y||N||Y||Y||N||N|
|St Mary, Port St Mary||Y||N||Y||Y||N||N|
|St Peter, Cregneash||Y||Y||Y||n/a|
|St George, Douglas||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N|
|St Lukes Baldwin||N||N||N||n/a|
|St Paul, South Ramsey|
|St Matthew, Douglas|
|St Ninian, Douglas||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||N|
|St Thomas, Douglas||Y||N||Y||n/a|