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Digital Inclusion: Standards

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Where to start? Inclusion should be at the core of every museum and heritage organisation, no matter size, budget or stakeholders. This includes any digital work in the service provision to raise the profile of the organisation and opportunities to engage with audiences. Audiences will need accessible information to engage with you in the post-lockdown […]

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Digital Inclusion: Content

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Streaming and Other Content Planning is key to consider any triggers, sensory barriers which the project may cause which could reject potential audiences. Assistive technology tools can be saved to create good, inclusive content. If you need help and support DCN/EMBED is here for you via info@musedcn.org.uk. DCN and EMBED have collaborated to create a […]

History of Place: Exhibition and Collaborative Toolkits

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These are toolkits from the The History of Place project by Accentuate on collaborative events, research, projects and exhibitions. Link to these toolkits via: http://historyof.place/toolkits/

Equality in Progress Report on Fair Access, Inclusion and Representation

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This is a link to the Equality in Progress: Fair Access, Inclusion and Representation in Museums Report by the Glasgow Women’s Library: https://womenslibrary.org.uk/discover-our-projects/equality-in-progress/eipreport/

New: E-Journal ‘Neurodiverse Voices: Good Practice in the Workplace’

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AchieveAbility now has launched their first E-Journal ‘Good Practice in the Workplace.’ Contributors include:  ACAS ProspectsUK Katherine Kindersley Becki Morris at DCN St Mungos Diversity and Ability (DnA) Topics include: Reasonable Adjustments, Strategy in the Creative Industries, Supporting Neurodiverse People at risk of Homelessness, Access to Employment and Inclusivity and Employment. Link to the Journal […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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/

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Busting Accessibility Myths by Barclays

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This is a great video by our friends at Barclays Access on common accessibility myths which are common across the heritage sector and responses similar to ours. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1yGFn7OIDY[/embedyt]

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Great film on Inclusive Practice by Design Council

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This is a great film on the importance of inclusive practice in design. Go to our links pages and talk to us about inclusive practice in your museum or heritage organisation.

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NEWS: Great new video from Vocaleyes on how they support museums and their blind or partially sighted visitors

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[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a00QCmsCtI[/embedyt]

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Signly – a great app for sign language

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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  https://signly.co/    

Makaton Training – The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

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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 […]