Special Schools and Museums Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Accessible and Inclusive Museum Experiences

South East Museum Development Programme

This toolkit is developed by South East Museum Development Programme in support of Arts Council England.

It contains practical advice and case studies regarding Special Educational Needs and Disabled People, particularly in relation to Special Schools.

There are key tips for museums to adopt, as well as highlighting important facilities such as Changing Places toilets.
Information and resources to Changing Places toilets link is here: https://www.musedcn.org.uk/category/resources/equipment/changing-places-toilets/

The toolkit is via this link:  http://southeastmuseums.org/Training?item=3045#.W5uGkKZKjIU

Arts Council England

 

Event: Disruptive Design: Disability Driving Architectural Innovation

Victoria and Albert Museum
Friday 28 September 2018
At Hochhauser Auditorium

Two hands touching a floor plan
© Don Fogg Photography

Too often, considering access has been just a tick-box exercise rather than a creative driver
for design. This symposium will enable participants to explore how the experience and
expertise of disabled people can be a force for innovation within the architectural design
process. A series of presentations about specific projects and design processes will highlight
how collaborating with people who have personal experience of disability can enhance and
enrich architectural design, both for practitioners during the design process and for users of
the resulting buildings and spaces. The day is specifically geared towards architectural
students and practitioners, as well as designers and design educators, but all are welcome.

Speakers include Dr Jos Boys, co-founder of The Dis/Ordinary Architecture Project, Dr
Graham Pullin, author of the manifesto Design Meets Disability (MIT, 2009), Mecanoo
Architects and Chambers McMillan Architects.

Tickets are £15 full-price, £7 concessions, free for Support Workers/Personal Assistants.
Book online at https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/ewo2J3GW/disruptive-design-sept-2018 or call 0207 942 2200.

We provide BSL interpretation, Speech to Text and this venue is wheelchair accessible.
If you have any other access requirements please let us know. Owing to the capacity of the venue,
there are only 6 places for wheelchair users: they will be allocated on a first-come, first-served
basis. To confirm availability please call 0207 942 2200.

This symposium accompanies the display Without Walls: Disability and Innovation in Building
Design (V&A, Gallery 127 and 128A until 21 October 2018).
In collaboration with Accentuate, History of Place (www.historyof.place).
Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Accentuate, History of Place, Screen South and Heritage Lottery Fund

Is Your Organisation Disability Confident: Support materials from 6 September 2018

The Disability Co-operative Network held its first informal meet up on the topic of the Disability Confident scheme at the Natural History Museum on 6 September 2018.

The Disability Confident Scheme was launched in 2013 to replace the Two Ticks scheme for organisations to work towards inclusive practice to attract and retain talent for people with disabilities and chronic health conditions.

Recently the Westminster Achieveability Commission report identified as part of their recommendations, that the Disability Confident scheme lacked profile and marketing.  Therefore on 6 September 2018, DCN held an informal meet up at the Natural History Museum to discuss the Disability Confident scheme with DDCMS, Tate and Victoria and Albert Museums and fellow attendees.

This is the supportive material for people who could not attend the event and those who are interested in the Disability Confident Scheme and inclusive practice in the workforce.  We will have a transcription and recording of the event shortly.  Check twitter @museumDCN for further details.

This is an ongoing action which we welcome conversation, collaboration and action. Do get in touch with us via info@musedcn.org.uk or Direct Message @museumDCN

New Network launched at the first informal event

We have a new staff network for people who identify as disabled who work in the Heritage Sector.
This membership is free and open to emerging professionals, students, voluntary and paid staff.
If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Leigh or Becki via info@musedcn.org.uk

The aims of the group are:

  • Connecting people who identify as disabled and working (both paid and unpaid) in the museum/heritage sector.
  • The recognition of disabled talent within the heritage sector as a workforce.
  • Identification of key skills and training needed within the workforce to enable a diverse workforce such as flexible working, working within capacity and strategy.
  • Support employers and employees in creating safe spaces to talk.
  • Reduce risk of workplace bullying and illness due to poor working practice.
  • Working together for positive, practical change in the service delivery and workforce of the heritage sector.

Why Inclusive Practice matters?  This is a great film on how inclusion is all of us.

How can my organisation work towards Disability Confident?

The Disability Confident Scheme:
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/disability-confident-campaign

Current reports relating to the recruitment and retention of disabled and neurodivergent people in the workforce:

Westminster AchieveAbility Commission Report:
(Neurodiverse Voices: Opening the Doors to Employment): A collaborative report on the barriers facing neurodivergent talent in recruitment and retention in the workplace.
http://www.achieveability.org.uk/files/1518955206/wac-report_2017_interactive-2.pdf

CIPD:
http://www.achieveability.org.uk/files/1518955127/neurodiversity-at-work_2018_tcm18-37852-2.pdf

I Can Make It Project by Disability Rights UK
A great film featuring Carrie Boyce who works for the Royal Society of Chemistry (non-profit making organisation) and how she manages her chronic health condition as well as work.

The Importance of Neurodiversity in the Workplace (CIPD)

Museum Professionals Neurodiverse Network:
https://ndmuspgrp.ning.com/

Access to Work:
Access to Work is a Central Government funded scheme to enable purchase of equipment and coaching for people with disabilities and neurodiversity in post.

Information on Access to Work here:  https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/access-work

The Department of Work and Pensions has a number of films regarding Personal Independent Payments and Access to Work which are available on Youtube.

Here is the film ‘What is Access to Work?’

 

 

 

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