Disability Co-operative Network welcomes this important report on the State of Access in Museums in the United Kingdom by Vocaleyes
We recognise with Vocaleyes there is some exciting and innovative work in museums, but there are still clear gaps to participation for disabled people, particularly people who are partially sighted or blind.
Some key figures from Vocaleyes report:
- 27% of UK museums provide no access information on their website for disabled visitors planning a visit.
- Only 30% of UK museums provide information on their website that would be useful for a blind or partially-sighted person planning a visit.
- Only 18% of museums publicise labels or information for their exhibits in Large Print.
- Only 10% of museums publicise live audio-described tours / handling sessions for blind and partially sighted visitors.
- Only 5% are taking advantage of websites that provide detailed access audits such as DisabledGo.com and Euans’ Guide.
We are thrilled to be part of the accompanying guidelines to influence change positive change for inclusive practice in the UK Museums and Heritage Organisations. We warmly support museums in our work in becoming more accessible by sharing knowledge and developing strategies with the public, private and third sectors to break down barriers to service delivery and recruitment and retention of disabled workforce.
For further information on the State of Access in Museums Report (in different formats) and guidelines, link is here: http://vocaleyes.co.uk/state-of-museum-access-report-2016/