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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. […]

The Inclusive Workplace

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How can we help? DCN with our partnership with EMBED can support you in creating inclusive workplaces for your organisations to grow and support your greatest asset – people. Our services page via: https://embed.org.uk/supporting-heritage This is an ongoing activity in which we welcome conversation, collaboration and positive action.  Why Inclusive Practice matters?   [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2g88Ju6nkcg[/embedyt] Current […]

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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 […]

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Inclusive Social Media Content

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The importance of inclusive social media messaging: Inclusive social media messaging is vital for any organisation in its comms to its employees, visitors, and customers.  During the lockdown, museums have an opportunity to reach out to people and potential visitors by being inclusive in content and message. The importance of social media and inclusive content […]

Eureka Museum

Feeling The Future – Access To Arts and Culture For People with Visual Impairments Trizia Wells, Inclusion Manager at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum

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Feeling the Future: Access to Arts and Culture for People with Visual Impairments tells how Eureka! has developed a series of sculpture workshops with partially sighted artist sculptor Lynn Cox and the artwork installation in February. There is also included Trizia’s recent visit to Bilbao in Spain with Traveleyes, which tells about tactile tours at […]

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Dyslexia Adult Network News: No 7 Spring 2018

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Website www.dan-uk.co.uk                      Twitter @DyslexiaAdult Email via website www.dan.co.uk OR join our jiscmail list www.jiscmail.ac.uk/dyslexia-adult-network-dan THIS 7th EDITION OF NETWORK NEWS COVERS Message from the Chair Report on the Westminster AchieveAbility Commission on Recruitment DYSPLA film festival showcases ND Access to Work training & Disability Confident update NEWS from our member organisations All Party […]

Redesigning Pinterest for better access

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Very interesting article regarding the redesign of Pinterest for use as a desktop and as an app to be more inclusive for users. https://www.fastcodesign.com/90169317/pinterest-just-redesigned-its-app-for-blind-people

How to create alternative-text on images posted on twitter

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These are instructions for creating alternative text on your images when posting on twitter. https://help.twitter.com/en/using-twitter/picture-descriptions

Vocaleyes

Vocaleyes: Guidelines for Digital Accessibility

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Guidelines for Digital Accessibility (including Audio Description on film): 
http://vocaleyes.co.uk/services/museums-galleries-and-heritage/resources/guidelines-for-digital-accessibility-film/

See also Stagetext guidelines for adding captions to increase further access: https://www.musedcn.org.uk/2017/11/19/captioning-your-films-and-videos-stagetext/

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Vocaleyes: Guidelines for making your conference presentation more accessible to blind and partially sighted people

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https://vocaleyes.co.uk/services/resources/guidelines-for-making-your-conference-presentation-more-accessible-to-blind-and-partially-sighted-people/

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 […]