Teignmouth Cliffden hotel given RNIB 'tactile maps'
Teignbridge District Council is helping visitors with visual impairments get the best out of their holidays in Teignmouth by donating ‘tactile maps’ to the Cliffden Hotel.
The Council has given the hotel the six special maps each containing raised profiles of street layouts with street names and useful information written in Braille, so people with little or no sight can find their way around the seaside town.
The donation was made after a visually impaired couple contacted the Council and asked about getting some tactile maps so they could make the most of staying in the area.
The maps, created by the RNIB, are also available at the Teignmouth Tourist Information Centre and can be used by anyone visiting the seaside resort.
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The generous contribution is another example of how Teignbridge works with local businesses to make a difference to customers, residents and visitors.
Councillor Sylvia Russell, Teignbridge Council’s Executive Portfolio Holder for Tourism and Teignmouth Ward Member, presented the maps to Cliffden Hotel’s Acting Manager Nicola Robinson.
Cllr Russell said: “The Council was approached by a couple who are visually impaired who regularly holiday in Teignmouth. They love exploring but wanted a tactile map to really make the most of the town. We were happy to help.
“These maps will make a real difference to a lot of our holidaymakers and it will help showcase Teignmouth and everything that it has to offer. It will further establish the Cliffden as a hotel which creates an inclusive environment where people of all abilities are treated equally.”
The Cliffden Hotel is one of four Vision Hotels in the UK which offers holidays for all, including the visually impaired. The hotel has operated as a non-profit organisation since the charity Action for Blind People took over management in 2001.
It works to ensure that it's accessible for all, particularly welcoming visually impaired guests. It regularly accommodates customers and their guide dogs for special training sessions in the town.
Miss Robinson thanked Teignbridge for their donation.
She said: “Guests who have visited Teignmouth several times and know their way around said that the maps were very accurate and they were a great help in finding parts of Teignmouth they had not been before. New guests said the tactile maps had helped plan their journey into town.”
The Council has previously given the Cliffden Hotel audio CDs for its customers. The useful compact discs contain local tourist information and a verbal guide to the area.