NEWS: Muscular Dystrophy UK launches landmark Changing Places survey

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This is the biggest consultation to date for those relying on the facilities It asks Changing Places users in England where facilities are most needed Muscular Dystrophy UK has today (April 8) launched a landmark survey for Changing Places toilet users, in what is the biggest consultation to date for those who need these specialist […]

Changing Places and Accessible Toilets and My Museum – What Can I Do Tomorrow?

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These are suggestions which are either free or low in cost: Request a FREE Euan’s Guide Red Cord Card to attach to the emergency alarm cords in your facilities. You can order them here: https://www.euansguide.com/news/red-cord-card/ Where is your nearest Changing Places toilets to your organisation? Find out where it is and link it to your […]

Changing Places Toilets: A Practical Guide

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This contains useful and practical information in planning and implementing a Changing Places toilet: http://www.changing-places.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=YEDKVYyX8TE%3d&tabid=81 DCN can support you with auditing and signposting on these important facilities. DCN also has a list of funding streams available for capital projects.

A Changing Places toilet for The Hepworth Wakefield

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The Hepworth Wakefield was initially contacted by Changing Places campaigner Alison Beevers in 2016, who visited with her family to talk to us about Changing Places, and the difference it can make for families like hers. We explored installing a Changing Places toilet, but at the time were unable to find the funds to do […]

Why Are Changing Places Toilets important? The Art of exLOOsion by Alison Beevers – Retford Changing Places Campaign (facebook)

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You visit an Art Gallery. You may visit the gallery café or the gallery shop. You may also visit the loos, after all you’ll be there for a while. In this time you may have spent a bob or two. The problem for us is we are not able to ‘spend a penny’. My son […]

Changing Places toilets information for museums and heritage organisations

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DCN have worked with families and the Changing Places Consortium to support museums and organisations to increase the number of Changing Places toilets in their towns and cities across the UK. DCN and EMBED offer support for all heritage organisations on their inclusion journey including physical auditing and collaborate with the Changing Places Consortium. There […]

DCN Review of the Year 2018

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2018 has been another busy year for DCN in raising the profile of inclusive practice and social barriers to engaging with cultural heritage.  We work to raise the profile and creating opportunities to collaborate and sharing knowledge through strategy, signposting and low-cost practice. This has included delivering talks at events, developing working relationships across sectors, […]

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

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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. […]

Disability Co-operative Network round up of 2017

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As usual it has been a very busy year for DCN and we have compiled this list in what we are doing to support inclusive practice in the Heritage Sector.  We will also hint in how we are taking DCN forward to 2018 and where we need your support. Since March 2017 we have delivered: […]

About DCN:

Disability Collaborative Network (DCN) was set up in 2015 to provide heritage organisations with a resource hub of information and practice for their audiences and workforce. Since its launch, DCN has developed connections and collaborations from across sectors to bring in best practice from other sectors and support intersectional inclusive practice in all heritage organisations […]

Museum Hour: Dyslexia

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These are responses and further information to the questions given on MuseumHour on Monday 7 October 2019. Neurodivergent people are innovative and creative thinkers. What can we do to inspire these creative minds to work in the Heritage Sector? There are articles about how creativity and innovation come from the edge of business. This is […]

Project LAB: tackling illiteracy and other global issues at Royal Institution of Science

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June 2017 1 in 5 adults in the United Kingdom are illiterate with 738 million globally. This is hard to digest in the 21st Century and seems more relevant in Victorian society, not the digital age.  In terms of cost to the world it is $1.19 trillion.  The unreasonable group have a selection of entrepreneurs […]