Sasol, the international integrated chemicals and energy company, represented by its Accessible Qatar (AQ) social responsibility initiative, is engaging with Vodafone Qatar to conduct detailed accessibility audits of the latter’s stores.
The objective is to make it possible for disabled people to visit Vodafone stores and promote awareness on the issues of accessibility and inclusion.
So far, 13 Vodafone stores, both independent outlets and shops located within shopping centres, have been audited using an audit system and a smartphone application developed by the AQ initiative.
Accessibility experts delivered detailed reports on the level of accessibility at every store, along with recommendations on how to improve accessibility for the disabled community. The accessibility information was also added to AQ website and mobile application.
The AQ website and application contain expert-audited information on accessibility to various public venues in Qatar, helping people with disabilities to know the accessibility details of the venue they like to visit, without facing any unpleasant surprises.
Vodafone Qatar is committed to supporting the disabled community in Qatar though its corporate social responsibility programme as well as through discounts of up to 50% on all its postpaid Red plans. The company also offers the disabled community a 10% discount on the prices of a number of mobile devices, in addition to other benefits enjoyed by disabled visitors to its stores, such as priority service, special care, and the opportunity to receive training on how to use devices.
Mohamed al-Yami, director of External Affairs at Vodafone Qatar, commented: “We are committed to providing a unique communication experience to all our customers and to making all our stores and installations accessible to everyone. We ensure both digital and physical accessibility and train our employees on how to serve people with disabilities. We believe in the ability of the disabled community and its right to participate in the technological revolution that we are experiencing. We thank Sasol for its efforts, and we look forward to even better and easier accessibility in all our sites.”