Survey by HRP on Digital Technology in Daily Lives and Cultural Sites – can you help?

Historic Royal Palaces

Would you help Historic Royal Palaces make the Tower of London more accessible for D/deaf and/or disabled visitors?

At Historic Royal Palaces, we are currently looking at ways to make the Tower of London more accessible. As part of this, we are conducting a short survey into how D/deaf and/or disabled people use digital technology – both in their daily lives and at cultural sites. We are keen to get as wide a range of voices as possible.

Your help would be greatly appreciated – and will directly impact on how D/deaf and/or disabled people experience the Tower and other heritage sites in future. Will you help?

Tower survey is here: bit.ly/TowerAccessSurvey

Department of Psychology City University London – participants needed for research in coaching psychology

City University London

To hear a recording of this information go to: http://www.geniuswithin.co.uk/blog/uncategorized/recruiting-for-our-latest-academic-study-free-coaching/

Are you dyslexic? We’re offering free workshops, with an experienced professional, to develop memory and attention skills, and career confidence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are looking for volunteers to take part in a study on coaching adults with dyslexia.

You would be asked to:  Have a testing session with a psychologist to understand more about your strengths Complete questionnaires Join in some free coaching workshops

Your participation would involve 9 sessions, each of which is approximately 1-2.5 hours.
We are running events in London, Croydon and Brighton, In August, September and October 2017

In appreciation for your time, we will donate £15 for each complete data set to the British Dyslexia Association, a charity supporting people with dyslexia to achieve their career potential.

 

For more information (see this PDF) about this study, or to take part, please contact:

Nancy Doyle. nancy.doyle@city.ac.uk 01273 890 502
The research supervisor, Dr McDowall almuth.mcdowall@city.ac.uk.
Psychology Department
at 020 7040 8500 or
Email: SASS-enquiries@city.ac.uk

This study has been reviewed by, and received ethics clearance
through the Psychology Research Ethics Committee, City University London PSYETH (R/F) 15/16 245
If you would like to complain about any aspect of the study, please contact the Secretary to the University’s Senate Research Ethics Committee on 020 7040 3040 or via email: Anna.Ramberg.1@city.ac.uk

NEWS: Consultation opportunity for disabled people at the Welllcome Collection

Disability Co-operative Network

Wellcome Collection are calling out to disabled visitors to user test designs for a forthcoming exhibition.
We would like to test the heights of exhibition cases, label angles and exhibition texts in
Gallery 1 Monday 5 June at 10am or 2pm.

To sign up or find out more contact g.monk@wellcome.ac.uk

We have an exhibition in development called Can Graphic Design Save Your Life? which will open our ground floor gallery at Wellcome Collection in early September.

We’re currently evaluating and improving our inclusive design process and will be trying out various models of user test over the coming year. In the immediate term though we would like to set up a small group to give us feedback on prototype showcase and labels before we commit to building all of the exhibition furniture for this September exhibition. We know from visitor feedback that we sometimes get showcase height & design, and label position & design wrong so would appreciate the chance to run this test, build cases in response to user panel comments, and then monitor feedback through the exhibition’s run.

We are looking for adult participants in the London area. We are running two session – at 10am and 2pm each with a total of 6 participants.  We could also run an early evening session if necessary.

Sessions will take place in our ground floor gallery and we’ll have a prototype showcase, object labels and some of the exhibition’s texts to get responses to.

We will reimburse travel and lunch expenses by cash or bankers draft.

 

PRESS RELEASE: HRH The Princess Royal to launch first Thames Valley Accessible Regatta

PRESS RELEASE

Release date: 16 May 2017

HRH THE PRINCESS ROYAL TO LAUNCH FIRST THAMES VALLEY ACCESSIBLE REGATTA

Wednesday 14 June 2017 – Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre

HRH The Princess Royal will officially launch the Rivertime Accessible Regatta 2017 on Wednesday 14thJune at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, Marlow.  The Regatta, the first of its kind, is being organised by the
Rivertime Boat Trust and the charity Give Them a Sporting Chance, of which Her Royal Highness  is Guardian.

Over 350 young people aged 8-15, with a wide range of disabilities and special needs, will take part in the Accessible Regatta.   Drawn from over 20 local schools, the event is designed to give them the same sporting opportunities other young people freely enjoy.

The river will come to life with a full programme of water sports taking place along the stretch of the Thames at Bisham Abbey.   They include:

  • Competitive Bell boating – a fun activity for all ages, bell boats can fit between 8-12 people in a very stable craft constructed of two hulls, where the paddlers sit, connected with a platform in the middle. The boats are steered by a helm positioned at the stern of the boat
  • Sailing and powerboating – accessible sailing dinghies and motor boats will be there, as will the Rivertime launch for leisure trips and Coulam Wheelyboats V20 for more exhilarating trips that can reach speeds up to 30mph on open water
  • Accessible canoeing, which is debuting at this event, kayaking and rowing

As well as providing opportunities for those taking part in the regatta, there will be more than 20 young sports leaders volunteering on the day to assist the sports providers in delivering the events.  Many are also from SEN schools and are working towards certificates in leadership, so this event provides them with an excellent opportunity to put their skills into action.

Carers supporting the children participating in the regatta will have the opportunity to take part in a ‘Carers Challenge’ on the day as well, to recognise their contribution and support.

As well as water-based activities, young people will also have the opportunity to try various land-based activities. The National Sports Centre, working with other charities, will be putting on a range of land based accessible sports such as wheelchair basketball and tennis, boccia, cycling, new age kurling, cheerleading, archery, land sailing and disability football.

Simon Davis, Rivertime Boat Trust Co-founder and Chairman says: “I am delighted that the Princess Royal is able to join us to launch our first Accessible Regatta which is unique in providing participation for so many children and young people in one place at one time.

“We are delighted by the enthusiasm and support we have received and it is this which will drive us forward to create The Rivertime Accessible Regatta as an annual event, inspiring other organisations and charities to organise similar events and encouraging children and young people with disabilities to develop a long-term involvement with accessible sports.”

Anne Wadsworth, Give Them a Sporting Chance Trustee, says: “Everyone’s life can be enriched and their horizons expanded by a sporting chance.   I am delighted that so many special young people will share this wonderful day of sporting chances at Bisham Abbey on 14th June.  This is exactly what Give Them a Sporting Chance is all about.  It has been wonderful to work with the Rivertime Boat Trust to put on this event together.”

Manor Green School said “We like the opportunity to give our students the freedom of being on the river.  Being on water makes the children more independent and they also improve at working as a team.  The children can access it all because there is also the Wheelyboat and so everybody who comes along gets a go and nobody gets left out.  They absolutely love it.”

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Any media wishing to attend, or for further information, interview requests, or images please contact Firebird PR:
Jana Fickerova or Jane Bevan at Firebird PR on 01235 835297 / 07977 459547 or via email to enquiries@firebirdpr.co.uk

Event details:

Wednesday 14 June 2017

Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre,
Bisham Village, Marlow Road, Bisham, Marlow SL7 1RR

 

About Rivertime Boat Trust

The Rivertime Boat Trust offer disabled and disadvantaged children and adults the opportunity to get out on the River Thames between Windsor and Oxford on their specially constructed boat.

In designing the Rivertime Accessible Regatta, the Rivertime Boat Trust is being advised by a panel of experts on disability and aspires to stimulate children and young people with disabilities to develop a long-term involvement with accessible sports.

The Rivertime Boat Trust is a charity registered with the Charity Commission.

For more information, visit www.rivertimeboattrust.org.uk

About Give Them a Sporting Chance

Give Them a Sporting Chance offers those with disabilities and their carers an opportunity to turn their sporting and recreational dreams into reality. All recipients are recommended by organisations and, in return for living their dream, those who receive chances raise funds for another charity of their choice (but not Give Them a Sporting Chance). This makes the charity unique.

For more information, visit www.givethemasportingchance.com

A variety of experts will be available for interview on the day including:

  • Simon and Pat Davis MBE, Rivertime Boat Trust Chairman and Co-founder
  • Anne Wadsworth OBE, Give Them a Sporting Chance Trustee
  • Lucy Herbert, Rivertime Boat Trust Head Skipper
  • John Jenkins MBE, SportsAble President
  • Peter May, Rivertime Accessible Regatta Director
  • Charles Reed, English Federation of Disability Sports Chairman and Sport England Trustee

 

PRESS RELEASE: Discover accessible sports in the Thames Valley at Rivertime Accessible Regatta

SAVE THE DATE:  Wednesday 14 June 2017

Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre

You are invited to the first ever Rivertime Accessible Regatta on the River Thames –
a showcase of the wide variety of accessible activities for children and young people with disabilities in the Thames Valley

On Wednesday 14 June, over 400 pupils from local special needs schools will take part in the Rivertime Accessible Regatta and for many this will be their first experience with competitive bell boating, accessible sailing, wheelchair powerboating and canoeing. Organisers, Rivertime Boat Trust together with Give Them a Sporting Chance have also called upon other charities and organisations to provide a chance for the regatta participants to try out other land-based accessible sports, such as new age curling, archery and wheelchair basketball.

“On some days, we have 18 youngsters with disabilities and within half an hour of being here they are all doing something – you know – not just sitting in a boat watching the countryside go by.  They are actually doing something and that is so lovely.”
(Roy May, Accessible Boat Club)

Why is this event unique?

The Rivertime Accessible Regatta is the first event of its kind in the Thames Valley and will be the first competitive sporting event for many of the participants. The regatta will see several hundreds of pupils taking part and some schools are also planning to bring some of their Year 10 trainee Sports Leaders to support the teams.

The Rivertime Accessible Regatta does not aim to be a stand-alone event and plans are already underway to make this an annual event on the river. In addition, participants are encouraged to follow through with the ‘chain of goodness’, by raising funds for a charity of their choice in whatever way they choose; while the organisers are in discussion with other organisations along the River Thames to stage similar events.

What is the opportunity?

  • Find out about the benefits of getting children and young people with disabilities on the water and learn about the challenges these activities pose
  • Discover which accessible sports are taking place in the Thames Valley
  • Gain insights on accessible sports from a variety of experts available for interview, including:
  • Simon and Pat Davis MBE, Rivertime Boat Trust Chairman and Co-founder
  • Anne Wadsworth OBE, Give Them a Sporting Chance Director
  • Lucy Herbert, Rivertime Boat Trust Head Skipper
  • Jonathon Hobbs, Hobbs of Henley Managing Director and Rivertime Boat Club Trustee
  • John Jenkins MBE, SportsAble President
  • Peter May, Rivertime Accessible Regatta Director
  • Charles Reed, English Federation of Disability Sports Chairman and Sport England Trustee
  • Be inspired by the volunteers and carers’ enthusiasm in ensuring that children and young people with disabilities get the chance to enjoy a fulfilling life

When and where?

Wednesday 14 June 2017, 10am – 2pm
You are invited to drop in at any time, but please let us know your expected time of arrival, so that we can meet your needs: arranging interviews and photography as required.
More information on the schedule of the day will become available in due course.

Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre,
Bisham Village, Marlow Road, Bisham, Marlow SL7 1RR

RSVP

Jana Fickerova or Jane Bevan at Firebird PR on 01235 835297 / 07977 459547 or via email to enquiries@firebirdpr.co.uk

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For further information, interview requests, or images please contact Firebird PR:

T: 01235 835 297/ 07977 459 547

E: enquiries@firebirdpr.co.uk

 

About Rivertime Boat Trust

The Rivertime Boat Trust is a charity registered with the Charity Commission to provide and maintain a specially constructed boat and other facilities for the disabled and disadvantaged; organise trips in the boat on the middle Thames between Windsor and Oxford; and work with other charities involved with the disabled and disadvantaged that have similar objectives.

In designing the Rivertime Accessible Regatta, the Rivertime Boat Trust is being advised by a panel of experts on disability and aspires to stimulate children and young people with disabilities to develop a long-term involvement with accessible sports.

For more information, visit www.rivertimeboattrust.org.uk

About Give Them a Sporting Chance

Give Them a Sporting Chance offers those with disabilities and their carers an opportunity to turn their sporting and recreational dreams into reality. All recipients are recommended by organisations and, in return for living their dream, those who receive chances raise funds for another charity of their choice (but not Give Them a Sporting Chance). This makes the charity unique.

For more information, visit www.givethemasportingchance.com

Event: Dyslexia Information Day (Free)

Dyslexia Information Day Logo

Saturday 20th May 2017

Enginuity, Coalbrookdale Telford
Sat Nav: TF8 7DQ

Free Entry

Pay & Display Parking

Free advice & guidance for all ages

Drop in between 11am—3pm

Be inspired by and talk to local dyslexics

Find out about local services and helpful products

Some exhibitors will have goods on sale

Refreshments on sale!

Dyslexia Information Day Poster

Event : Sean Burn at The Art House

Arts House Logo
Image of Sean burn's performance, "with added nuts". Photography credit is Rich Dyson Photography.
Image of Sean burn’s performance, “with added nuts”. Photography credit is Rich Dyson Photography.

A forthcoming residency by artist Sean Burn, supported by Arts Council England’s Change Makers initiative.

As part of his residency, ‘Reclaiming the languages of lunacy’, on Monday 24 April and Tuesday 25 April, Sean will be performing and leading a creative workshop based at The Art House for artists who have lived experience of mental distress. We are putting out an open call for this workshop, any artists that may be interested.

Further details and the application form can be found on The Art House website: http://www.the-arthouse.org.uk/get-involved/artistopportunities

Seasons Greetings to you

We thank all of our followers, friends and contributors of their continuing support in 2016 and look forward to talking and action for inclusive practice in the museum and heritage sector in 2017.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and look forward to working with you in 2017

Event: Practical tips on making your museum accessible ~ GEM West Midlands

Group for Education in Museums

Event by: Rebecca Coles and Penelope Thomas for GEM West Midlands

A one day workshop offering you practical tips you can use in your museum to make it more accessible to an audience with differing needs. All speakers have real world experience of working to make their galleries and workshops accessible to a range of different needs, from establishing an Access Panel to developing specialised gallery signage.

For tickets and speakers please go to the link here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gem-west-midlands-practical-tips-on-making-your-museum-accessible-tickets-26947352256

Event: Dialogue Beyond Sight Exhibition ~ Dialogue

Dialogue Beyond Sight Exhibition leaflet

Dialogue Beyond Sight Exhibition | Dialogue

13 – 17 July 2016

gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, London

The Dialogue Beyond Sight Exhibition holds at gallery@oxo London, and is a multi-sensory collaboration with 16 visually impaired visual artists and performers. It features an eclectic range of artworks including paintings, illustrations, sculptures and installations, and performances including storytelling, recital and classical songs, in a unique cross-disciplinary event.

This exhibition examines the links between artist and audience, and practitioner and practice. 10 workshops led by the artists, performers and other contributors will hold throughout the exhibition week.

The exhibition is open daily, 11am to 6pm and admission is free.

Visitors who require a quiet tour should contact the organisers for an individual tour designed for their needs. Booking is essential as places are limited.

For more information, visit www.dialoguebeyondsight.com

Dialogue Beyond Sight is a MaMoMi project supported using public funding by Arts Council England. gallery@oxo is owned and managed by Coin Street Community Builders.

The Employers Stammering Network

Employers Stammering Network

What is it?

The Employers Stammering Network is a membership network of employers where Network members and supporters are committed to creating a culture where people who stammer can achieve their full career potential.

Launched in 2013, Employers Stammering Network members employ over 1.5 million people, with employees who stammer playing a leading role

The Employers Stammering Network is hosted by the British Stammering Association and is the first network of its kind anywhere

Why have a network?

In many workplaces there is little awareness or understanding of the issues that affect the 500,000 adults in the UK who stammer. Since people who stammer may go to great lengths to hide it, their colleagues may not realise what they are going through

Employers rate highly the qualities that people who stammer often possess, including resilience, empathy, listening skills and creativity. However research tells us that a huge stigma surrounds stammering and discrimination is commonplace.

We’re here to change this and show that’s it’s totally OK to stammer at work.

What do we do?

  • Increase awareness and understanding of stammering, making it possible to speak openly about it
  • Help members develop and lead internal networks to support positive change and build confidence amongst employees who stammer
  • Strengthen and develop partnerships between and beyond our members
  • Share learning and practice and provide mutual member support.

Four examples of activities

  1. Campaign posters to raise interest and challenge stereotypes
  • With pro bono support from Ogilvy & Mather we have a fantastic set of templates that members have adapted for posters, banners and leaflets.
  • These feature real individuals who stammer and demonstrate their strengths, why they are an asset to their employers and how both employers and employees benefit from being themselves at work.

EY launched their version to great effect on International Stammering Awareness Day on 22 October 2015.

EY Poster - Dinesh

  1. Ground-breaking workshops
  • We have run a very successful series of three workshops for employees who stammer (first series by invitation to members) on Re-defining Stammering at Work. We plan to re-run this
  • We also offer a workshop for HR, recruitment, diversity & inclusion, line and counselling managers, open to members and non-members (reduced fee for member organisations). This can also be offered in-house to employers by arrangement (fee)

For more information on workshops please contact Helen Carpenter, ESN Membership Manager hc@stammering.org or 020 8983 1003

  1. Events

We hold high-profile networking events for member organisations and supporters

Speakers Event - Nov 2015
Speakers Event – Nov 2015
  1. Information and advice
  • Our dedicated web pages provide a lot of useful information available to all employees and employers stammering.org/esn
  • We also provide briefing and information packs on stammering and communication at work for members

Do you support the Employers Stammering Network and the British Stammering Association? Six ways to stay in touch

Can we help you?

  • Perhaps you are planning an event at your workplace related to stammering or want some help in doing so?
  • Want more information about how your organisation can join the Employers Stammering Network?
  • Or maybe you’d like to explore further with us what you can do in your workplace?

Contact Helen Carpenter, ESN Membership Manager on hc@stammering.org or 020 8983 1003.

We’re always glad to hear from you!

Press Release – Breaking Down Barriers with a New Museum Network

DCN - Signing of Memorandum © Iain Duncan/RAF Museum

DATE: 26th October 2015
Heritage and Culture Warwickshire is a lead partner in a new initiative,  working together with Leicester University School of Museum Studies and the Horniman Museum and Gardens, London and RAF Museum, Hendon.

The Disability Co-operative Network aims to share knowledge from around and beyond the Heritage sector to break down barriers for people with disabilities. DCNs website includes participants such as the BBC, Access Portugal, Liverpool Museums, DASH arts, Dyspraxia Foundation, The Whitworth and Indianapolis Museum of Art. It is thought to be the only offer of its kind.

DCN - Steering Group © Iain Duncan/RAF Museum
DCN – Steering Group © Iain Duncan/RAF Museum

We want to hear from charities, organisations and museums who would like to share their work with our platform, to raise awareness and the profile of disability within Heritage and Culture.

The network concept was recently selected as part of the national Transformers scheme run by the Museums Association.

Michelle Alexander, Manager of Museums and Natural Environment said “I was extremely pleased to sign the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of Warwickshire Museums. This is a very worthwhile initiative which I hope will grow and expand further in the future across more cultural organisations.”

Maggie Appleton, CEO of the RAF Museum said “Our museum is committed to increasing access and engaging audiences with the RAF’s story and we are passionate about sharing what we have learnt, to enable other organisations to benefit – as this makes for a more inclusive society. I am therefore delighted to be representing the Museum in this initiative and look forward to developing our relationship with other organisations.”

Julia Cort, Community Learning Manager at Horniman Museum and Gardens said, “The Horniman is really excited to be involved in this initiative. It is a great opportunity to support other organisations and learn from the fantastic practice that currently exists in the sector. I encourage as many people as possible to get involved.”

Professor Richard Sandell from the School of Museum Studies, Leicester University said “In recent years we’ve seen exciting pockets of innovation in opening up museums to previously underserved audiences. At the same time, however, commitment to advancing the cultural rights of disabled people remains uneven across the sector and many museums continue to miss opportunities to create more inclusive experiences for all. At this time there is a pressing need for the DCN that can support museums to work collaboratively with disabled people to embed access for all at the heart of their practice.”

 

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About Heritage and Culture Warwickshire
Heritage and Culture Warwickshire manages museums, archives, arts, archaeology, learning and community engagement, as part of Warwickshire County Council. We provide a wide range of services that help local communities and visitors to connect and engage with their local heritage. We aim to safeguard Warwickshire’s archives, history and natural sciences, protect its historic and natural environment and provide high quality arts and cultural opportunities and lifelong learning for everyone in the County and beyond.