Unlock Your Business Potential with Accessibility Consulting

We are ready to help you gain more potential customers by assessing your business’s accessibility for individuals with disabilities

An Accessible Approach to Your Business

Supporting business owners in creating more accessibility within their spaces

We know how hard businesses and organizations work to ensure that customers receive the best experience possible in their spaces. Accessible Black Hills offers building assessment options, utilizing Universal Design Principles. These assessments provide actionable steps to creating an accessible and inclusive environment.

Key Benefits

EXPAND YOUR CUSTOMER BASE

By making your business more accessible, you are able to attract a broader range of customers, including those with disabilities.

ENHANCE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

Accessible businesses have the opportunity to provide a better experience for all customers. This can lead to increased customer satisfaction and repeat business, as well as improving your business’s reputation.

ESTABLISH A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

Accessibility can set you apart from competitors who have not yet prioritized it in their own business. This gives you the advantage when customers seeking accessible features are selecting their options.

Our Services

BUILDING ASSESSMENT

Accessible Black Hills will conduct a comprehensive site visit assessment and provide an actionable report including improvements you can make to help your business become more accessible.

Coming in 2024! On Demand Training

Through our partnership with Access Earth we are developing on demand courses for you to learn how to assess and make changes to your environment using Universal Design principles.

Why prioritize accessibility?

Accessibility is not only about compliance with laws and regulations; it’s also about inclusivity and creating a positive experience for everyone. Working with Accessible Black Hills, you have the opportunity to work with a knowledgeable team who understands accessibility needs from firsthand experience.

  1. Improve Compliance Features
  2. Promote Social Responsibility
  3. Gain a Competitive Advantage

How Assessment Consulting Works

Step 1: Proposal

We will assess the scope of your assessment and provide a cost proposal.

Step 2: Site Assessment

A detailed assessment of your building will be performed, including measurements, photos, notes, and questions.

Step 3: Initial Report

A report will be createdon your building, including key accessibility update action steps.

Step 4: Final Report

You will have a chance to review, highlight, and ask questions report is finalized.

Step 5: Making Changes

You now have a detailed roadmap to guide you in making accessibility improvements over time.

May 2021

Accessible Black Hills Instagram Page Launches

September 2021

Fiscal Sponsorship Awarded via BH Community Foundation

August 2022

Partnered with Visit Rapid City

September 2023

Partnered with Access Earth

December 2023

Launched the Accessible Black Hills Travel Companion App

April 2022

Accessible Black Hills Instagram Page Launches

September 2021

Fiscal Sponsorship Awarded via BH Community Foundation

August 2022

Partnered with Visit Rapid City

September 2023

Partnered with Access Earth

December 2023

Launched the Accessible Black Hills Travel Companion App

FAQs

What is universal design?

Universal design principles refer to a set of design guidelines that aim to make products, environments, and services accessible and usable by the greatest number of people, regardless of their age, ability, or other factors. 

These principles are based on the idea that design should be inclusive and consider the needs of all potential users, rather than just a specific subset of the population. Some common universal design principles include: flexibility in use, simple and intuitive use, perceptible information, tolerance for error, low physical effort, and size and space for approach and use. By incorporating these principles into the design process, designers can create products and environments that are accessible and usable for the widest possible range of people.

How much does an assessment cost?

The cost of an accessibility assessment is dependent on the size and scope of your location. Assessments start at $1000, and an initial price quote will be provided in a proposal. 

We will soon offer assessment courses that offer a low-cost, DIY approach to making your business more accessible.

What is the timeline for an assessment?

The timeline is dependent on the size and scope of your location. Small locations have averaged a timeline of 1-2 months from the initial proposal to the completed report. Your proposal will include an estimated timeline.

Can Accessibly Black Hills make accessibility changes?

Accessible Black Hills does not make accessibility updates to buildings. We provide you with detailed information in your assessment report to then bring to your local contractors to make your accessibility updates.

When will DIY Assessment Courses be available?

Accessibility Assessment Courses will be available Summer of 2024. These courses will offer you the tools needed to accurately assess your own business. This course serves as a low cost option compared to an on site assessment conducted by our organization. Sign up for our mailing list to receive more information on these courses as it becomes available.

Why choose Accessible Black Hills?

Accessible Black Hills works in partnership with Access Earth, a leader in accessibility assessments, whose mission is to provide tools and resources to measure, improve, and celebrate accessibility in communities everywhere. In addition to lived experience, we hold a commitment to advocating and improving accessibility for all, with a person first approach to our work.