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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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?
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.