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Welcome to EMBED: A collaboration for a fresh approach to inclusive practice in the Heritage Sector

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Since 2015, DCN has developed relationships with professionals across industries and sectors.  The biggest learning from this is collaboration is key, learning from other organisations and sectors about what it takes to create sustainable change in embedding inclusion and accessibility.   DCN are now taking this to the next level – Disability Collaborative Network C.I.C is […]

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DCN Website

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Since DCNs launch in 2015, DCN has grown links to the corporate sector, organisations, Government and the Heritage Sector.   DCN has evolved as a strategy organisation.  It has outgrown its website and its not as accessible as it can be.   DCN is putting together a plan for a new website which will be: WCAG AA […]

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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 […]

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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.

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We have tips, case studies, information for inclusive practice in the service provision, working practice and workforce in museums and heritage organisations. These can be of any size, stakeholders and budget. If you would like to subscribe to our newsletter, email us via info@musedcn.org.uk or DM us via our twitter handle @museumDCN

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Inclusive Recruitment Tool for the Heritage Sector

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PRESS RELEASE   Monday, 01 April 2019 INCLUSIVE RECRUITMENT TOOL FOR THE HERITAGE SECTOR The Disability Collaborative Network welcomed Equality and Diversity heads, Human Resources staff from Museums and Heritage Organisations to hear about an inclusive recruitment tool which supports employers and employees at all levels across the 9 Protective Characteristics.  For the Heritage Sector, this […]

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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, […]

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Film: Virtual Reality, Disability and Inclusive Design (Ability Net 2017)

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There is an excellent talk by AbilityNet on the accessibility of Virtual Reality, particularly barriers to consider (i.e. motion sickness) as well as opportunities. Speakers are:  Raphael Clegg-Vinell, Senior Accessibility and Usability Consultant, AbilityNet and Mark Walker, Head of Marketing and Communications at AbilityNet Here is a link: [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fR6wfpRzHfM[/embedyt]

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New Law on Website Accessibility (inc. NHLF projects)

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New law to replace EU Directive on Website Accessibility Are you planning a digital project which involves an app or a website? Are you funded by Government (local authority, national etc). Are you aware that the EU Directive on website accessibility is now UK Law? What is happening? There is now a law for website […]

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Jess Starns is included in the Disability Power 100 list 2018

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Jess Starns, founder of ‘Dyspraxic Me’ was announced as one of the most influential people with a disability in the UK at a reception at the South Bank Centre last night (Wednesday 17 October). The Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List is an annual publication of the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK. […]

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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 […]

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DCN Privacy Policy

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The Disability Collaborative Network (known as DCN) is committed to maintaining the trust and confidence of our users to our website, networks and mailing lists. We want you to know that we do not share personal email lists with any companies and businesses for marketing purposes.  This privacy policy has information on when, how we […]

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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. […]

Is Your Organisation Disability Confident: Support materials

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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 […]

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Sensing Culture: Resources and Information supporting blind or partially sighted visitors

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Sensing Culture has been a three-year multi-partner project with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) as the lead partner, and funded by £438,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) with one mission at its heart – to remove the barriers that prevent blind and partially sighted people (BPS) from accessing their heritage. It […]

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Creating Accessible Conferences and Presentations

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Accessible Conference Guidance These guidelines and tips come from Government Digital Service: https://accessibility.blog.gov.uk/2018/03/13/advice-for-making-events-and-presentations-accessible/ Evacuation Plans What evacuation plans do you have in place in getting people safely out of the building? See: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/422202/9446_Means_of_Escape_v2_.pdf Assistance Dogs Guidance: https://www.musedcn.org.uk/2018/01/12/assistance-dogs-uk-information-the-law-and-what-your-organisation-can-do/ For further information on captioning and BSL go to: Stagetext:  http://www.stagetext.org/ Presentations: Vocaleyes:  Making your presentations more accessible to blind […]

Setting Up a Disability Advisory Group: Horniman Museum and Gardens

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The external Access Advisory Group (AAG) at the Horniman Museum and Gardens has been running since 2007. In 2013 we re-recruited a Chair and twelve of the fourteen current members. The group name reflects access rather than disability as it aims to challenge barriers to access at the Horniman. AAG benefits the Horniman significantly:  prompting […]

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AROUND THE TOILET: A research project report about what makes a safe and accessible toilet space (2018)

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This new report was published in May 2018 and written as part of the AHRC funded Connected Communities project: ‘Around the Toilet’. Around the Toilet has key findings taken in collaboration with groups of people between April 2015 to February 2018 in what makes an accessible toilet space. The original consultation group consisted of people […]

I Need Straws: The importance of the availability of plastic straws on request

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There has been a great deal of discussion about banning single use plastic straws to reduce waste and toxins in our seas and oceans leading to environmental pollution.  A number of heritage organisations are now replacing plastic straws with paper straws in their cafes due to this reason. By removing plastic straws we are excluding […]