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ICC Wales is taking steps towards being a more accessible venue

ICC Wales has revealed a number of measures designed to make the South Wales venue accessible to all when it opens in 2019.

These include the adoption of accessible toilets, championed by the Changing Places Campaign, and the rolling out of several dementia friendly initiatives.

The Newport convention centre, which is currently under construction, has repurposed several of its ground floor rooms to incorporate the accessible toilets.

They are designed for those with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as people with other physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis.

ICC Wales has also registered as a dementia friendly venue, which will include training staff on specific customer service scenarios related to dementia, as well as ensuring that all signage is as clear as possible.

Nancy Mollett, convention centre director at ICC Wales, said: “We are delighted to introduce these measures to help ensure that ICC Wales is welcoming and accessible to everybody.

“As a completely new-build venue, we are in a privileged position in being able to include the very best and most up-to-date facilities at the design and construction stage.

“We have consulted widely with charities such as Disabled Living to ensure that our venue is as inclusive as possible, and we will continue to do so in order to keep up to date with future developments.”