Preparing to make a review
What to bring?
Use a mobility aid
Just your lovely self!
Don't use a mobility aid
A good way to start is to take something as a reference that marks the measurements of your imagined wheelchair.
Set your “armrest to floor height” 28-30 inches (71-76cm) and the width of the wheelchair 24-27 inches (61-71cm) wide.
Another good way is to bring out a trolley or a pram to notice any steps/bumps you encounter.
Writing the Review
Steps at entrance
The number of steps at the entrance of the restaurant
If no steps, put in 0
A bump counts as 1 step
Take a photo of the entrance for further reference
Yes - ramp is stable, with a gentle gradient and allows easy access to the entrance. The ramp may also have rest stops and wide enough to fit a wheelchair.
No - ramp is too steep, wobbly, no railing
N/A no steps on entry - if there are 0 steps at entry
No barriers to access table
Table legs are not in the way
The table height is appropriate (no barstools or bench tops)
Wheelchair accessible toilet available
Toilet should be quite large with dropdown rail available
No step to enter to the space
Please specify in comments if toilet is difficult to access, used as storage space or unclean
Please specify in comments if there is a wheelchair accessible toilet nearby (such as a nearby park)
Sufficient Movement Space
Can enter and exit restaurant without obstacles
Can access the toilet from table
Tables not too close together
Nearby (within 200m of the entrance) accessible parking is available
Outdoor eating option available
Think about the tables used and obstructing the footpaths
Photos are extremely useful, especially of:
the dining area
Anything access related that stood out to you
Example: "Overall, I had no trouble going in and out of the restaurant. However, I had to access the restaurant through the backdoor which was unpleasant. Also, they don't have a wheelchair accessible toilet, but there is one nearby around the corner."