DCN Review of the Year 2018

Disability Co-operative Network

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, mentoring, signposting and workshops.

We have supported reports for inclusive practice in the workplace including AchieveAbility’s Neurodiverse Voices: Opening the Doors to Employment  https://www.achieveability.org.uk/files/1518955206/wac-report_2017_interactive-2.pdf  as well as attended the report launch of the Westminster Commission on Autism report on ‘fake therapies for autism’ and appeared on Ambitious about Autism Jack Welch’s podcast Episode 11: Autism in Museums with Claire Madge and Mark Barrett.
This link directs to all episodes to Ambitious about Autism podcasts https://bit.ly/2Iz3tQk

DCN has also appeared in ‘I Am Dyslexic’ a crowd-funded film on personal narratives from dyslexic adults on their own journeys through their careers to school-aged children Here is the link: https://youtu.be/ETlFiOjE8rI

We have also been part of talks in relation to the Government Digital Service on website accessibility link for resources and tools here https://bit.ly/2QrTPne and have attended London Accessibility Meet up on inclusive design in technology. We continue to have good relationships with organisations and forums in relation to inclusive technology in particular open source software and tools.

We’ve spoken at a number of events about our work including Cambridge and Oxford Universities, MAP conference on language on the importance of cross-sectoral, intersectional practice and strategy in relation to inclusive practice.  We have also spoken at conferences including ACAS regarding inclusive practice in the workplace.  We have also delivered workshops for a number of agencies including West Midlands Museum Development Annual Conference ‘Solve to Evolve’ and Cultural Inclusion Conference by Every Child Should.

We’ve delivered workshops for West Midlands Museum Development conference and Cultural Inclusion conference, Access for All Areas (Shared Care Scotland) in Scotland on barriers to text and practical advice in reducing barriers to engagement.

We’ve also launched our first informal meet up for Disability Confident scheme in partnership with the Natural History Museum where we had representatives from the V&A, DDCMS, Tate and as well as us and NHM.

Our next event is on the topic of Accessible and Changing Places toilets on 18 January, where we will host with Tate Modern and will have talks and discussions in respect to design, function and need of accessible and Changing Places toilets with families and individuals who as part of the 250,000 who need them.  Link for tickets are here: https://bit.ly/2SB0Ym7

During 2018 we have supported museums of all budgets in encouraging and developing community consultation groups with respect to access strategy and development.

We are part of a working group in relation to inclusive practice in the workplace as well as our own Neurodiverse Museum Professionals Network and Disabled Staff Network and have been in discussions with relevant policyholders, organisations and champions.

DCN is developing projects collaborating with relevant partners for 2019 with respect to service provision and workforce.

We will be regularly updating our website with free resources, information and case studies in 2019. We will also be sharing some exciting news in 2019.

If you are interested in our work and would like to be involved, do email us via info@musedcn.org.uk and keep regularly updated by following @museumDCN

 

Sunday 5 January 2019: Nothing About Us Without Us Activity Day (Manchester People’s History Museum)

Peoples History Museum Manchester

Nothing About Us Without Us activity day

 Saturday 5 January 2019, 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Nothing About Us Without Us is a co-produced exhibition created with disability groups, campaigners and individuals to capture their stories and re-examine how the history of disabled people’s activism is presented.

Drop in, explore the exhibition and meet some of the activists and campaigners that helped to put it together.

There is also a chance to make your own protest badge or placard and add to a collaborative banner in a printing workshop with Venture Arts.

Activities suitable for age 5+ but all ages welcome.

No booking required, drop in activity

Address:
People’s History Museum,
Left  Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3ER
Website: phm.org.uk

Telephone: 0161 8389190

Nothing About Us Without Us exhibition and collecting stories at Manchester People’s History Museum

Peoples History Museum Manchester

Manchester Peoples History Museum have worked with disability groups, campaigners and individuals to capture their stories and re-examine how the history of disabled people’s activism is presented.

This exhibition which is open now to Sunday 6 January is the first stage of a long-term project which looks at the representation of disabled people.

Staff at the Manchester Peoples History Museum are encouraging visitors, groups and campaigners to let them know if they have any comments, objects or stories you would like to share to help tell this story.

The second stage of the exhibition will take place at the People’s History Museum between 5 April 2019 – 5 May 2019.

There will be a Nothing About Us Without Us activity day on Saturday 5 January 2019.
Information on this activity day is here: https://bit.ly/2QNBAxb

If anyone is interested in being involved please get in contact with our Exhibitions Officer by email mark.wilson@phm.org.uk  or phone 0161 8389190.

For further information a link to the Nothing About Us Without Us webpage is here:
https://bit.ly/2AlNEMb

News:  Do you have or are you planning a digital project in the next 12 months? New Law on Website Accessibility

Disability Co-operative Network

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 accessibility in the UK.  These are called ‘The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No.2) Accessibility Regulations 2018’ and implement the EU Directive on the accessibility of public sector websites and mobile applications.

If you are an organisation which is funded by Government (National, Local Government), it is expected that your website should reach WCAG 2.1 AA or European Equivalent EN 301 549.

The Government Digital Service have provided resources and sharing opportunities to support organisations to do this. These resources have links to meet ups and information, which you can find on this post.
We at DCN are also here to support you in setting up user groups and help you create and implement your access into your organisation.

Further information Government Digital Service:  https://gds.blog.gov.uk/2018/09/24/how-were-helping-public-sector-websites-meet-accessibility-requirements/

Government Digital Service:  What does Accessibility Mean?

Ok, how long have I got?

There are key dates to consider in relation to this law:
You, as an organisation need to comply from 23 September 2019.
All existing public sector websites (this includes any externally funded community projects by a Government funded i.e. public sector organisation) by 22 September 2020.  All mobile applications by 22 June 2021.

What’s coveredDeadline to comply with the regulations
New public sector websites (published after 22 September 2018)22 September 2019
All other public sector websites22 September 2020
Public sector mobile applications22 June 2021

Source: https://gds.blog.gov.uk/2018/09/24/how-were-helping-public-sector-websites-meet-accessibility-requirements/

What do I have to do?

Meet the accessibility standard and provide an access statement (there will be a template for this in early 2019).

Scroll to ‘How to do this and how GDS can help’ via this link https://bit.ly/2qrL4ya on information regarding procurement and evaluation.

Check your website:  Does it reach the AA standard?
There are resources on this post to help you.  Also it is important test your website via a user group.

We at DCN can support you with developing user groups and there are companies such as Ability Net and those listed in resources that can help you.

Write an access statement for your website.

There will be a template available in early 2019.  Subscribe to https://gds.blog.gov.uk/subscribe/ for further details.

I’ve used a consultant, and it says some does, some doesn’t.  What shall I do?

Your organisation needs to provide an access statement to tell the web visitor the areas that don’t meet AA standard and where they can get tools and information in order to make it to AA.

Ensure that your digital project has accessibility from the pre-planning and throughout the project, enabling time to test with users. See link: https://www.gov.uk/service-manual/technology/testing-for-accessibility

What happens if I don’t?

There are opportunities here to develop your website offer to increase engagement to your organisation.  Your organisation may be in breach of the Equality Act 2010.

There are specific tasks that are low cost and simple such as captioning and use of accessibility settings on social media: https://www.musedcn.org.uk/2017/11/19/captioning-your-films-and-videos-stagetext/ and using captions on Youtube https://www.musedcn.org.uk/2018/06/07/how-to-be-more-accessible-on-social-media-snapchat-vimeo/

Organisations using tweetdeck:  https://9to5mac.com/2018/07/03/tweetdeck-image-descriptions/

Using podcasts? Each podcast should have a script, remember to transcribe this as part of your online offer.
There is also new software that transcribes audio information which is available online.  Ensure to check for accuracy.

Resources: Government Resources for Accessibility

Join the government accessibility google group

Over 800 civil servants with an interest in accessibility from over 50 government departments, agencies and organisations:

Accessibility community

> Accessibility Community Google Group

Upcoming accessibility regulations

Accessibility requirements for public sector websites and apps

Read the accessibility guidance in the Service Manual

Overview

Making your service accessible: an introduction

Requirements

  1. Meet level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) as a minimum

Understanding WCAG 2.0

Testing for accessibility

  1. Work on the most commonly used assistive technologies

Testing with assistive technologies

  1. Include people with disabilities in user research

Running research sessions with people with disabilities

A team responsibility

What each role does in a service team

US Gov: Accessibility for teams

Guidance for User Researchers

Find user research participants

Write a recruitment brief

Getting users’ consent for research

Choose a location for user research

Doing user research remotely by phone or video call

Using moderated usability testing

User research in discovery

User research in alpha

User research in beta

User research in live

Home Office Poster: Researching Access Needs – who to include when?

Guidance for Content Designers and Publishers

Writing for user interfaces

Writing for GOV.UK

Writing content for everyone (Blog)

How to create content that works well with screen readers (Blog)

How to make PDFs more accessible

Why GOV.UK content should be published in HTML and not PDF (Blog)

Guidance for Designers and Developers

Accessibility for developers: an introduction

Using progressive enhancement

Design Patterns

Improving accessibility with accessibility acceptance criteria (Blog)

What to do when

How the discovery phase works

How the alpha phase works

How the beta phase works

How the live phase works

Home Office Blog: Working together to achieve accessibility

Internal services

Services for government users

Getting help

Accessibility community

Understand common access needs early

Understanding disabilities and impairments: user profiles

GDS Accessibility Blog: Accessibility and Me Series

Home Office Posters: Dos and don’ts on designing for accessibility

Resources to help you design, build and test accessible interfaces

Design System

Introducing the GOV.UK Design System

GOV.UK Design System

Testing a website

How do automated accessibility checkers compare?

18F Accessibility Guide: Checklist

BBC: Accessibility and Testing with Assistive Technology

Creating the UK government’s accessibility empathy lab (blog)

Technology requirements

Technology Code of Practice

> Make things accessible

Learn more about accessibility

GDS Accessibility Blog

> What we mean when we talk about accessibility

> Consider the range of people that will use your product or service

Accessibility Community: Community Resources

Accessibility resources

Sign up for accessibility workshops

Cross-government events and training in the User-Centred Design Community: Accessibility

Come to the government accessibility meetups

The meetups happen every 3 – 4 months and are promoted in the Google Group

Write ups of previous events

 

Press Release:  #PurpleLightUp for International Day of Persons with Disabilities 3rd December 2018

Purple Light Up

Museums and Heritage Organisations, have you, or are you, developing inclusive practice in your museum, art gallery or heritage organisation in 2018? Have you increased access or inclusive practice in your organisation in 2018?  Tell us about it on 3rd December 2018.

Join us and colleagues across the world to mark the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3rd December 2018.  It’s now a globally recognised date to celebrate and empower disabled people.  It’s time to be part of the #PurpleLightUp powered by our colleagues at PurpleSpace, to raise and rally awareness for a global call to action.

Why does this matter?

Over 1 billion people in the world have some form of disability, that’s 1 in 7. It can affect any of us at any time in our lives. In a growing global movement, over 160 countries have signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. But there’s still more to be done. True inclusion comes from a world that accepts all human difference, where people demand their voices to be heard.

What can you do?

Tell us at the Disability Co-operative Network (@museumDCN) what you have done in recognition of the importance of inclusive practice in Heritage by heading over to the #PurpleLightUp pledge page and let us (via info@musedcn.org.uk) and PurpleSpace know you are taking part on 3rd December and allows us to give you a roll call shout out on the website.

Mark this event by:

  • Wearing purple in your organisation.
  • Join our friends by lighting your building purple.
  • Display purple bunting in your museum café or shop.
  • If you are serving cakes or food – go purple with icing.
  • Use the hashtag #PurpleLightUp on social media on 3rd December to tell us at @museumDCN about what you organisation is doing and what you are doing as an organisation to be more inclusive.

Email us what you are doing via info@musedcn.org.uk for the day.

What happened in 2017?

In 2017, our colleagues at PurpleSpace reported that:

  • 56 organisations across 66 countries recognised #PurpleLightUp and used the colour purple to build community around #IDPD
  • This celebration and social media support spanned individuals and organisations in countries such as Peru, Singapore, UK, US and beyond
  • 355,275 people were reached through Thunderclap
  • #PurpleLightUp trended on Twitter with in excess of 133,000 impressions

What people did:

  • Buildings were illuminated
  • Flags were flown
  • Websites were branded
  • Lapel pins and lanyards were introduced
  • Blogs and Vlogs where shared
  • Employees resource guides for allies and senior champions
  • where launched
  • Our personal stories elevated a positive narrative
  • Shoes, ties and socks went purple… and dogs wore bows!

For Further Information:

For any further information, contact Becki Morris via info@musedcn.org.uk

 

 

 

Jess Starns is included in the Disability Power 100 list 2018

Dyspraxic Me

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. More than 700 nominations were received for the 100 places. The Disability Power 100 List is compiled by an independent judging panel, chaired by Kate Nash OBE. Kate is the world’s leading authority in ‘Networkology’ – the science behind the growth of workplace networks and resource groups. In 2007 she was awarded an OBE for services to disabled people. In 2013 she was appointed Ambassador to Disability Rights UK.

Jess set up Dyspraxic Me in 2013 as she couldn’t find any suitable support for young adults with dyspraxia offered practical help to develop skills – so she created the resource that she needed.

In November 2013 Jess received support from Fixers (ITV CSR programme) to make a resource book for other young adults with dyspraxia so they could set up their own support networks. Since then Jess has organised almost monthly workshops in London with practical and fun activities. Attendees can meet other people with dyspraxia and learn a wide variety of skills including cooking, sports, ballet, vlogging, and training to develop assertiveness and social skills.

Jess organises every aspect of the workshops from booking venues and finding experts to deliver the sessions, to updating the website, evaluating the events, and managing the budgets. Jess fundraises and has raised over £13,000 so far. She also organises a yearly Dyspraxia Awareness Week in October, and in November last year 2017 ‘Dyspraxic Me’ became a registered charity. Her work has already been recognised by Downing Street with a Points of Light Award.

Jess works at the British Museum as the Youth Volunteer Coordinator and is passionate about making museums inclusive. She is currently combining these interests with her masters degree in Inclusive Arts Practice. For her MA she’s researching how we interpret and curate the history of labelling people with specific learning difficulties (neurodiversity)

Jess, said “You don’t need to know everything, you just need to know how to find out the answer.”

Nick Bell, Interim Chief Executive of Shaw Trust – a charity helping to transform the lives of young people and adults across the UK and internationally, said: “Congratulations to Jess Starns. The judges were beyond impressed by the standard of nominations but selected the most influential people who are proving that disability or impairment is not a barrier to success. One of our aims for the Disability Power 100 list is to demonstrate to young people that they can achieve their ambitions. At Shaw Trust we work with government, local authorities and employers to support people overcome barriers which hold them back from achieving their potential.”

The full Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List can be found on www.disabilitypower100.com

Event: Disruptive Design: Disability Driving Architectural Innovation

Victoria and Albert Museum
Friday 28 September 2018
At Hochhauser Auditorium

Two hands touching a floor plan
© Don Fogg Photography

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.

Tickets are £15 full-price, £7 concessions, free for Support Workers/Personal Assistants.
Book online at https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/ewo2J3GW/disruptive-design-sept-2018 or call 0207 942 2200.

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.

Accentuate, History of Place, Screen South and Heritage Lottery Fund

Glaring injustice: Scope launches campaign for equality as half of disabled people feel excluded from society

Scope
  • Half of disabled working age adults (49 per cent) feel excluded from society [1]
  • Two in five (41 per cent) of working age disabled people don’t feel valued by society [2]
  • Less than half (42 per cent) think the UK is a good place for disabled people [3]
  • Scope launches Disability Gamechanger campaign calling on everyone to show support
  • Premier League team to wear Scope-branded shirts this weekend to highlight campaign

Disability charity Scope has launched a campaign for equality and is urging everyone to show their support after new research revealed half of disabled people feel excluded from society.[1]

The findings have been published today in a report by Scope which reveals how undervalued and disconnected from society many disabled people feel. Based on Opinium polling of 2,000 working age disabled adults, the research reveals:

  • Two in five (41%) working age disabled people don’t feel valued by society [2]
  • Less than half (42 per cent) think the UK is a good place for disabled people [3]
  • Half of working age disabled adults (49 per cent) feel excluded from society because of their impairment or condition [1]

Further research carried out by BritainThinks for Scope identified five priority areas that need to be improved – public attitudes; employment; care, support and social connections; transport; and access to digital technology; [6]

The report contains five key recommendations to enable disabled people to have an equal chance to live the lives they choose:

  • Attitudes: The Government’s disability strategy group should have an explicit objective to improve attitudes and reduce prejudice towards disabled people
  • Work: Ensure disabled people can access specialist employment support on a voluntary basis, without it being a condition of receiving out-of-work benefits, and removing sanctions for disabled people.
  • Social care: Stabilise the existing system of support, social care must be reformed to meet the needs and aspirations of disabled people so that care and support better enables the ability to have a family life, work, engage with communities, and socialise. This can only happen if disabled people are involved at every stage of service design.
  • Public transport: Public transport systems need to be reformed to ensure that disabled passengers are treated fairly and equally. Alongside improvements to accessibility, disabled people should be able to travel without fear of negative attitudes from staff and other passengers and have access to straightforward routes for recourse if things go wrong.
  • Digital: Close the digital divide which exists today and ensure the next wave of digital innovation – what some are calling the Fourth Industrial Revolution – includes disabled people as a core consumer group.

Scope is calling on everyone – businesses, politicians and the public – to become Disability Gamechangers and share what they are doing to create equality for disabled people. Anyone working to challenge stigma and negative attitudes is a Disability Gamechanger. Change requires action at all levels in society and everyone can play their part.

To mark the campaign launch, Scope’s partner Virgin Media has donated its multi-million pound shirt sponsorship of Southampton Football Club to Scope for Saturday’s match (August 25) against Leicester City FC. Instead of the usual Virgin Media logo, the home team will wear a kit sporting the Scope logo.

Scope has also released a 60-second film charting the story of equality and human rights movements across the decades to inspire everyone to join the campaign. By working with others to build on the rich history of the disability rights movement, Scope wants the next chapter of the story to be about making equality for disabled people a reality.

 

The video is narrated by the charity’s Patron, TV presenter and award-winning disability rights campaigner Sophie Morgan, who was paralysed from the chest down in a car crash aged 18.

Anna Bird, Executive Director of Policy and Research at disability charity Scope, said:
“It’s a glaring injustice that half of disabled people feel excluded from our society.
“In the past century, we’ve seen action lead to dramatic changes in our society, but there is still a long way to go until all disabled people have an equal chance to live the lives they choose, free from barriers and low expectations.
“From poor attitudes to lack of focus from Government, and from being overlooked in the workplace to being humiliated on public transport, life for many disabled people is still much tougher than it needs to be. It’s time that changed.”This report and campaign are a call to action to anyone who supports disability equality. We’re urging everyone – Government, businesses, disabled people and non-disabled people – to become Disability Gamechangers and work together to achieve equality and fairness for disabled people.”

ENDS

For more information please contact Laura Burnip in the Scope press office on 020 7619 7200 or email laura.burnip@scope.org.uk

For out-of-hours press enquiries please call 0784 3467 948.

References:

1-5. Opinium research

Scope commissioned Opinium to conduct 2,000 online interviews with UK working age adults with long-term impairments or conditions between May 18 and 30 2018. A quota sampling method was used and the survey was conducted online.

6. BritainThinks research

BritainThinks conducted ethnographic interviews, qualitative workshops and an online community with over 60 disabled adults living in England and Wales between January and May 2018. A wide range of different impairment types were represented throughout the research.

Notes to Editors:

We’re Scope, the disability equality charity. We won’t stop until we achieve a society where all disabled people enjoy equality and fairness. For more information go to www.scope.org.uk

 

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

Sensing-Culture

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 was born from an identified need within access organisations’, as well as the heritage sector at large, that more could and should be done to facilitate good museum experiences for people who experience sight loss.

Link to information, case studies and films here: https://www.sensingculture.org.uk/

British Sign Language for beginners training: Workshop at RBSA Gallery (Friday 17 August 2018)

Cupped hands holding small lights

Approximately 145,000 people use British Sign language (BSL) in the UK. Cultural venues and organisations have a range of audiences, including members of the Deaf Community. Therefore, we have included a ‘British Sign Language for Beginners’ class in our summer workshop programme to help us learn more about the language and how to use it. The workshop will take place at RBSA Gallery on Friday 17 August and will be led by Tanvir Ahmed, a  Senior Campaigner for Action on Hearing Loss with years of experience in promoting BSL. Through his workshop, Tanvir will introduce key skills and signs that are useful in everyday interactions with members of the Deaf community, such as finger-spelling and common phrases.

RBSA Members and Associates, Friends, students, and professional contacts receive a discount – paying £20 instead of £30. To book your place, call us on 0121 236 4353 or e-mail us at rbsagallery@rbsa.org.uk. Payments can be made by card, cash, or cheque. You are welcome to share this e-mail and offer with your contacts and students.

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

cropped sinks in public toilets

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 who identified as trans, queer and disabled, carers, parents, workers and people whose religious beliefs impacted on toilet use. As well as urban planners and architects in the context of environmental design.

Key Findings (from aroundthetoilet.com) include:

  • Toilet provision in the UK is currently inadequate for a wide range of people, due to both relational and functional flaws. We need more public toilets, more accessible designs, and different attitudes and ways of understanding the space and our fellow occupants.
  • Many trans and disabled people experience significant difficulties in accessing a safe, usable and comfortable toilet away from home.
  • Toilets labelled as ‘accessible’ are often in fact inaccessible for many disabled users for a range of reasons.
  • There is a lack of toilet research, particularly in the UK, which takes seriously trans people’s experiences of harassment and violence in binary gendered toilets.
  • There is a need for more all-gender toilet provision (sometimes known as ‘gender neutral’ toilets). This would benefit a range of people including: parents with children of a different gender; those who care for people of a different gender; some disabled people who have a personal assistant of a different gender; and some people whose gender is questioned in the toilet, including some trans and non-binary people (and, to a lesser extent, some cisgender people).
  • A ‘one size fits all’ approach to toilet design doesn’t work – there is no one toilet design to suit all users’ needs. Nevertheless, consideration of all users and moves towards improvement are crucial.

The report features potential solutions and designs, however as recommended in the report.  All designs must be in consultation with relevant agencies.

The full report is here:http://shura.shu.ac.uk/21258/1/Around%20the%20Toilet%20Report%20final%201.pdf

 

 

FREE EVENT: What is a Disability Confident Museum? Extra tickets available

Join us for a free event hosted by the Disability Cooperative Network for Museums (DCN) and the Natural History Museum.

Date:  06 September 2018  Time: 10.00 to 13.30
Location: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD

Background:
Disability Confident is a government scheme that is designed to help organisations recruit and retain disabled people and people with health conditions for their skills and talent. Currently only a small number of museums have signed up to Disability Confident, this event is to support those in the museum sector who are interested in what the scheme entails.

Source: www.gov.uk/government/collections/disability-confident-campaign

During the event we will:

  • explore the benefits of being a Disability Confident employer.
  • examine the Disability Confident journey through case studies from the Tate and the Victoria & Albert Museum.
  • explore barriers and solutions to becoming a Disability Confident employer: from the perspectives from an employer and employee.

Outcomes you will take away from the event:

  • Have a better understanding of Disability Confident scheme
  • Enable your museum to become a Disability Confident employer
  • Develop an action plan of where to start
  • Develop a peer to peer support network

Who should attend?
This event is aimed at decision makers (managers, officers, HR, directors etc.) working in museums who are interested in access and inclusion of disabled people in the workplace.

How to book? https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-is-a-disability-confident-museum-tickets-46532142892
Please note places are limited so booking as early as possible is advisable.  There is a limit to two people per organisation.  Stagetext will be provided.  The venue is accessible.
For more information please email julie.reynolds@artinfo.org.uk.

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

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 disabled people from being able to drink independently in our museum cafes.  Is this fair to exclude people, when there are other causes (wrapping, bags) too?

So, can we work together so our journals and magazines don’t arrive on our doorsteps wrapped in plastic?
Or can these be available online instead of printed?
For our meetings and conferences, can we print less?

Museum cafes have plastic straws available on request for people who need them.

Tourettes Hero, Jess Thom has written two excellent blog articles on the need for plastic straws in her day to day life.

Link: https://www.touretteshero.com/2018/03/19/the-straw-fan/  (read this article first)
Link: https://www.touretteshero.com/2018/07/11/ineedstraws/ (second article)

Penny Pepper, writer and Disability Activist has written for the Guardian on how plastic straws are vital to her and other disabled people.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/09/disabled-person-plastic-straws-baby-wipes

BBC:  Plastic straw ban disadvantages disabled people, says Paralympian
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-43485362

Have you written a blog on how banning plastic straws will effect you? Do let us know via info@musedcn.org.uk

 

 

Can you help? Neurodiverse participants needed for MA Arts based research (London)

Jess Starns, founder of ‘Dyspraxic Me’ a charity for young adults with dyspraxia. Jess is currently completing Inclusive Arts Practice MA at the University of Brighton.

From 15th October- 26th November 2018  Jess shall be delivering her research project. Jess’ Masters is arts based and shall be using art as a way together data and discussions responding to her research question.

The research question is:
How should we interpret and curate the history of labelling people with specific learning difficulties (neurodiversity)?

Jess is currently looking for a maximum of 10 participants to work with her as a group and being involved in the
arts-based research. The research is for participants who define themselves as having a specific learning difficulty (neurodiversity) for example dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, ADHD, ASD and autism.

The research will take place over 7 sessions. From 15th October till 25th November for 7 weeks.

The research will take place at the:
Free Space Project, Kentish Town Health Centre, 2 Bartholomew Road, London NW5 2BX.

Apart from the 2nd session on Tuesday 23rd October will take place at:
The Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, Kings Cross, London NW1 2BE.

Each session will last for 3 hours from 11am till 1.30pm.

What is the purpose of the study/project?
The purpose and aims of the study are:

  • The research will start conversations through learning about neurodiversity history by exploring archives, newspaper articles and museum objects, reflecting on their own personal experiences, in comparison to, and informed by, archive items at the Wellcome Collection. Learning what is important to the neurodiverse community when telling the history of labelling people with learning difficulties including charitable, medical, educational and personal narratives.
  • Discuss how to tell an unbiased narrative through historical accounts and personal experiences.
  • The terminology to use when talking about neurodiversity, the history of classifying people with learning difficulties, challenge prejudice views, to think about why there is a focus on ‘curing’, exploring current attitudes and how we portray neurodiversity in the media.
  • Through the research I would hope to find out for museums and collections what’s important to the neurodiverse community when telling the history of labelling people with learning difficulties? Through the charitable, medical, educational and personal narratives.

Please let Jess know if you have any questions or would like to find out more about the research.

If you are interested and would like to know more information please contact Jess via her university email address: Jas35@brighton.ac.uk

How to be more accessible on social media: Twitter, Snapchat, Vimeo

Disability Co-operative Network

These are a selection of tips for various social media platforms: Worth noting captions on Vimeo here and accessibility on snapchat.  If you know of anymore, do let us know via info@musedcn.org.uk

Guidance on various platforms

https://siteimprove.com/en/blog/how-to-be-more-accessible-on-social-media/

https://www.facebook.com/accessibility

https://help.twitter.com/en/using-twitter/picture-descriptions

YouTube Captioning 

Auto-generating captions on Youtube are not accurate and therefore won’t be accessible to a number of audiences.
How to add your own captions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9cKgwnFIAw

This is another that is easy to follow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJGiS83eQLk

Note: Stagetext have excellent guidance on how to produce captions for films which are available online.
You can find them here: https://www.musedcn.org.uk/2017/11/19/captioning-your-films-and-videos-stagetext/

 

 

 

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

Eureka Museum

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 the Bilbao’s Maritime Museum and Guggenheim Museum.

Link for the article is below:

First page of Feeling the Future Access to arts and Culture by Trizia Wells, Eureka
Feeling the Future – Access to Arts and Culture for People with Visual Impairments (click to download)

Global Accessibility Awareness Day: Live Art: Capturing Expressions with Tanya Raabe-Webber

Head and shoulders portrait of a person with Diversity written to the left side of the image

 

Click here for Tanya’s film about the event 

Join portrait artist Tanya Raabe-Webber in celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day. You’ll explore how talking with your subject and observing their movements can reveal their essence — even in the smallest motions. Then you’ll use iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and the Procreate app to capture the diversity of human expression, before playing your work back as animations.

Join Tanya on:
Thursday 17 May  6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Apple Regent Street, London

Follow the hashtag #TodayatApple
Global Accessibility Awareness Day twitter feed: #gaad

Further details and directions are here: https://t.co/dPUx4YZBS0

 

Disabled Young People from across the Globe gathered at the First ever  ‘Commonwealth Disabled Youth Roundtable event’ during CHOGM in London

Include Me Too

Include Me TOO, a national (United Kingdom-based) charity celebrated their 10th Anniversary this year during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018 held in London. During the CHOGM Summit the charity organised the first ever  Commonwealth DisabledYouth Roundtable Event as part of the ‘Commonwealth Include Me 2’ joint project led by Include Me TOO with the Commonwealth Youth Council to increase the inclusion, rights and participation for disabled children and young people from the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) represents 1.2 billion young people from across 53 countries of the Commonwealth

The roundtable event took place at the House of Lords as an official side event for the Commonwealth Forums Summit 2018 and hosted by The Hon Baroness Uddin and The Hon Lord Holmes.

‘It was a privilege to host the first ever Commonwealth Disabled Youth Event on behalf of CHOMG, given that 60 percent of the Commonwealth population is under the age of 30 years. Include Me TOO were instrumental in bringing together youth delegates from different parts of the world to the House of Lords as the event marked a step in the right direction for disabled youth to have a seat around the table and discuss issues that matter to them.’  said The Hon Baroness Uddin 

‘I was delighted to attend the Commonwealth Disabled Youth Roundtable event in Parliament this week.  The presentations given by the young people from across the Commonwealth were excellent and packed with insight.  They provided great hope for the future.’ said the Hon Lord Chris Holmes

Disabled young people representing Uganda,Tanzania, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Botswana, Bangladesh and United Kingdom presented in topics which mattered to them and their peers, highlighting key issues impacting on disabled young people from their respective Commonwealth member countries. The focus was upon the Global Sustainable Development Goals ensuing disabled persons are not left behind. The presentations covered:

  • inclusive and fair quality education which promotes lifelong learning opportunities for disabled persons
  • addressing additional disadvantages disabled girls and women experience in particular when working towards their inclusion in the Gender Equality agenda
  • disabled persons and employment, improving access, support and negative attitudes in the workplace
  • highlighting key barriers and challenges disabled children and young people experience in Commonwealth communities regarding their rights, participation and inclusion
  • the importance of planning and implementing an inclusive accessible society, inc suitable toileting and changing places, inclusive playgrounds, sport and leisure facilities, public services.

‘It was a real privilege to hear directly from young people across the Commonwealth on the challenges and issues they face as young people with disabilities. I was inspired and moved by their personal journeys and the work they are now doing to seek justice and equality in their home countries. There were lots of important lessons and reflections to take forward to the DFID-hosted Global Disability Summit in July this year’ said Richard Boden (Deputy Team Leader and Summit Policy Lead, Disability Inclusion Team – Department for International Development)

‘The Commonwealth roundtable event, presented young people as change makers who have a clear understanding of the issues which impact them and their peers and solutions to increase disability inclusion, rights and participation for all. We are looking forward to working with disabled youth from across the Commonwealth strengthening their voices and impact on local and global issues including the Global Goals to be achieved by 2030 as well as the Disability Summit taking place this July 2018 in London with DFID. We will be working with our young ambassadors, disabled young activists and partners to establish the Commonwealth Disabled Youth Roundtable as a key component for future CHOMG’s summits.   said Parmi Dheensa – Include Me TOO Executive Director

During Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting they agreed on several issues regarding disability rights and inclusion:

  • Full social, economic and political participation of all including disabled persons recognising it is essential for democracy and sustainable development
  • Quality education and learning guided by the principle to leave no one behind, they agreed to support marginalised groups, which includes children with disabilities to progress through secondary education and training through appropriate policies, advocacy and strategic partnerships.
  • Address the stigma around disability in all its forms ensuring no one is left behind
  • Encouraging all member countries to ratify and implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Include Me TOO look forward to continuing working with disabled young people from across the Commonwealth to ensure their voices are heard and the issues which affect them are present on the agendas and discussions encouraging progressive action for disability inclusion and implementation of disabled persons rights.

 

Making the Case Symposium: The Whitworth Friday 25 May 2018

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(Image credit: Rhiannon Davies -Deborah M, Manchester Museum Volunteer)

Venture Arts puts learning disabled people at the heart of culture and heritage and encourages cultural leaders to do the same.

Learning disabled people are taking ownership of culture and heritage places and spaces at the MAKING THE CASE | SYMPOSIUM, taking place at the Grand Hall, the Whitworth Friday May 25th 2018.

Venture Arts invites culture and heritage leaders and representatives to join them as they bring together ten ground-breaking organisations and individuals to share best practice in making our cultural landscape a more rich and welcoming place, with learning disabled people at its heart.

This will be a day of open discussion, debate and sharing to encourage change. Directors, artists, consultants, academics and curators will present their work to support the sector to reflect on and re-evaluate their approach to learning disabled people.

We’ll hear from experts in the field including Actionspace and Royal Academy of Arts (London);
Esther Fox – The History of Place (UK); Bluecoat – Blue Room and Jade French, Art As Advocacy Collective
(Liverpool); Holly Grange, the Whitworth (Manchester); Autism for the Arts (Manchester); Manchester Museum (The University of Manchester); HOME (Manchester) and Royal Exchange Theatre (Manchester).
(Image credit: Rhiannon Davies -Deborah M, Manchester Museum Volunteer)

Films and discussions will take place throughout the day. Delegates will uncover hidden heritage stories with Esther Fox, Head of the Accentuate Programme. She’ll present the groundbreaking Heritage Lottery funded disability project, History of Place, which follows the lives of deaf and disabled people over 800 years, across 8 different national locations.

There will be a chance to gain valuable insight into how creative organisations across the country are helping the cultural and heritage sector to open their doors to learning disabled people.

We’ll hear key success stories from speakers including Sheryll Catto, Co-Director of Actionspace, and Molly Bretton, Access and Communities Manager from Royal Academy of Arts, about their long-running “Friday Afternoon Art Club” partnership project.
Ella Walker, HOME Manchester, will talk to participants from Venture Arts’ Cultural Enrichment Programme about their experiences of this fantastic initiative. She’ll also talk about her own experience of the programme and the incredible impact it’s had on HOME as an organisation.
Ella Walker, Volunteer and Work Based Training Manager, HOME Manchester says: “Hosting the Venture Arts placements last year was a fantastic experience for us at HOME. We learnt so much from David and Liam and it was brilliant to support their exploration of HOME and see their confidence and experiences develop. Creating an annual placement will allow us to support more people to explore HOME and help to lead us in ensuring our venue can be a place for all”

Amanda Sutton, Director, Venture Arts says: “It is such a pleasure to be joined by so many great organisations for our symposium and to be able to show some of the excellent work being done in the sector with disabled people. I am really looking forward to hearing about others’ experiences and to some lively debate. It is timely too as the heritage sector starts to embrace Arts Council England’s Creative Case for Diversity, so it will be a day when we can all work together to start to make culture and heritage more welcoming and inclusive to all.”

Esther Fox, Head of Accentuate says: “Heritage and the arts can change lives and disabled people are leading that change. Whether it’s understanding our heritage and those who have gone before us or creatively reinterpreting historic material to ensure our voices are present. Working in partnership with our leading cultural institutions is providing a platform to spotlight this work.”

Making the Case Symposium marks the completion of the first phase of Venture Arts’ Cultural Enrichment Programme, which was developed in response to how few learning disabled people currently access cultural venues. Supported by national lottery players via the Heritage Lottery Fund, the programme has allowed Venture Arts to work closely with Manchester based museums, theatres and galleries including Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester Museum, the Whitworth, People’s History Museum and HOME Manchester, to co-create engagement programmes tailored to each participant. Several programme participants have since gone on to volunteer within heritage or have been introduced to other initiatives run by cultural venues. As a result, when you go into a cultural space in Manchester, you are now much more likely to see learning disabled people involved in and taking ownership of our shared culture.

The symposium takes place from 10.00am – 4.00pm on Friday 25th May at the
Whitworth. Tickets are on sale now at http://bit.ly/BookMTCSymposium.
www.venturearts.org
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For more information or interviews please contact Kate Royle, mailto:comms@venturearts.org or call on
0161 232 1223

Are you a young person aged 8-18 with a life-limiting/life-threatening impairment (LL/LTI?) Interested in taking part in a two-day Arts Retreat & explore your experiences of disability & try and learn different art forms?

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