Oral History Training/Volunteering opportunity: History of Place Project

History of Place is offering a day of oral history training at M Shed Bristol on 30th January, followed by flexible opportunities to volunteer until April, taking oral histories of disabled people in Bristol. Full details here: http://historyof.place/events/train-with-a-professional-from-the-oral-history-society/ Do pass this on to people who might like to take part – everyone is welcome, and we… Continue Reading Oral History Training/Volunteering opportunity: History of Place Project

Signly – a great app for sign language

Signly is an app which displays pre-recorded sign language videos on a user’s mobile, enabling better access to written content for d/Deaf sign language users.  Signly can be used for trails, posters, leaflets and forms. Information regarding the app and links are here    

Neurodiversity: Dyslexia – Resources for families and adults

Neurodiversity: Dyslexia Dyslexia is part of the neurodiversity spectrum which includes dyspraxia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, ADD, ASD (autism spectrum disorder) and tourettes. (Source: DANDA) Up to 10% of the population are known to have dyslexic traits, however as knowledge and awareness increases more people, particularly adults are discovering that they are dyslexic.  This is something that… Continue Reading Neurodiversity: Dyslexia – Resources for families and adults

Neurodiversity: Autism – resources for families and adults

We have a number of twitter feeds about what neurodiversity is and how it is a positive asset to the workplace. There are a number of excellent organisations and associations, particularly local groups who have a great deal of experience. These organisations are happy to be contacted to raise awareness, inclusive practice and support. Neurodiversity… Continue Reading Neurodiversity: Autism – resources for families and adults

Lingusio : the audio guide that removes barriers ~ Antonia Eggeling

In future, museums will mainly be places of human encounters. Lingusio is more than just an audio guide. Inclusively created content and an unconventional design promote a lively interaction regardless of knowledge or skills. The guide not only recognizes the right of people with disabilities to equally take part with others in cultural activities, but… Continue Reading Lingusio : the audio guide that removes barriers ~ Antonia Eggeling

Makaton Training – The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

An exciting opportunity is coming up at The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in March. We are going to be running the two day Makaton Foundation Course at a significantly reduced rate compared to booking it elsewhere. For just £85 (usual price up to £225) you can learn the signs and symbols of the core… Continue Reading Makaton Training – The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

Arts Organisations

Shape Arts  https://www.shapearts.org.uk/about-shape- arts DASH Arts  http://www.dasharts.org/ Disability Arts Online  http://disabilityarts.online/ Arts Council: Creative Case for Diversity http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/how-we- make-impact/diversity- and-equality GLOBI Inclusion: #Draw Disability  http://www.globi-observatory.org/drawdisability/ Dialogue Beyond Sight http://www.dialoguebeyondsight.com/home VocalEyes http://www.vocaleyes.co.uk/

Changing Places Toilets – information and advice for museums

The Campaign The Changing Places Consortium launched its campaign in 2006 on behalf of the over 1/4 of a million people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. This includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, as well as older people. To use the toilet in safety and… Continue Reading Changing Places Toilets – information and advice for museums

Sensory Backpacks at the V&A with Abigail Hirsch ~ Claire Madge, V&A

Launched in August 2015, the Curious Ceramics backpack is the V&A’s first backpack aimed at children with visual impairments. The V&A offer a number of backpacks for families, but for this special sensory version they worked in close collaboration with Sense, the national deafblind charity, and Abigail Hirsch an artist and an educator with experience… Continue Reading Sensory Backpacks at the V&A with Abigail Hirsch ~ Claire Madge, V&A

Hearing Loops: Assistive Listening Technology ~ Dee Bolemon

“Oh, my goodness!” I said out loud. The sound startled me. And then I smiled. I had just experienced an induction hearing loop for the first time.  Wow! This was an emotional moment, as most of my life I’ve struggled to understand presenters in public venues or meeting halls. But with the hearing loop installed in the… Continue Reading Hearing Loops: Assistive Listening Technology ~ Dee Bolemon

A journey through local wildlife like you’ve never seen before in unique interactive exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry

Have you ever stroked a fox, heard a polecat chatter, smelt otter dung or seen a stoat in ermine? Now you can experience the natural world like never before in an exciting new interactive exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum. Delve into the Herbert’s collections and uncover the brilliance of the natural world… Continue Reading A journey through local wildlife like you’ve never seen before in unique interactive exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry

Disabled People and Terminology ~ Michèle Taylor

Terminology is important, because words reflect our attitudes and beliefs. However, some of the terms we tend to use may not reflect how some disabled people see themselves. Using the right words matters. This is not about ‘political correctness’ but using wording and language which disabled people and disabled people’s organisations working to promote the… Continue Reading Disabled People and Terminology ~ Michèle Taylor

BBC Cape Project for neurodiverse talent in the workplace

DCN was both thrilled and honoured to be invited to hear more about CAPE (Creating A Positive Environment) Project entitled ‘Joining the Dots’ to attract and retain neurodiverse talent in the workplace at the BBC. Neurodiversity is a spectrum of dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, Attention Deficit Disorder, ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) and tourettes[1] . As these… Continue Reading BBC Cape Project for neurodiverse talent in the workplace

British Sign Language in the Art World ~ Edward J Richards, Cutting Edge Design Limited

Hello! I’m Edward Richards, a Deaf British Sign Language (BSL) user I set up my own graphic design company, specialising in inclusive and accessible communication. I have used interpreters for about the last 12 years and kept noticing that no matter the agency I used, the level of choice and quality of the service wasn’t… Continue Reading British Sign Language in the Art World ~ Edward J Richards, Cutting Edge Design Limited

Tom’s Ship of Stories ~ Alison Hale, Peoplescape Theatre

        A multi-sensory storytelling project for special schools created by Peoplescape Theatre. In partnership with National Maritime Museum, Cutty Sark and Horniman Museums and Gardens. Funded by the Arts Council Peoplescape are a theatre education company working in London and Manchester. We work with all ages in schools, museums and community settings.… Continue Reading Tom’s Ship of Stories ~ Alison Hale, Peoplescape Theatre