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How to create alternative-text on images posted on twitter

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


Vocaleyes: Guidelines for Digital Accessibility

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Guidelines for Digital Accessibility (including Audio Description on 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/


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

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Why Are Changing Places Toilets important? The Art of exLOOsion by Alison Beevers – Retford Changing Places Campaign (facebook)

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You visit an Art Gallery. You may visit the gallery café or the gallery shop. You may also visit the loos, after all you’ll be there for a while. In this time you may have spent a bob or two. The problem for us is we are not able to ‘spend a penny’. My son […]

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Changing Places toilets information for museums and heritage organisations

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Out of 1069 Changing Places toilets in Britain. At time of writing, there are 16 available in Museums. We have worked with families and the Changing Places Consortium to set up this section of the DCN website so museums and organisations can work collaboratively to increase the number of Changing Places toilets in their towns […]

Assistance Dogs: Guidance

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Equality and Human Rights Commission guidance for businesses and tourism: EHRC have also published guidance to Assistance Dogs for tourism businesses here: https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/publication-download/take-lead-guide-welcoming-customers-assistance-dogs EHRC have published guidance to Assistance Dogs and all businesses here: https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/publication-download/assistance-dogs-guide-all-businesses  

Oral History Training/Volunteering opportunity: History of Place Project

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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 […]

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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.


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]


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/    

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Neurodiversity: Dyslexia – Resources for families and adults

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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 […]

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Neurodiversity: Autism – resources for families and adults

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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 […]

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Lingusio : the audio guide that removes barriers ~ Antonia Eggeling

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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 […]

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 […]

Arts Organisations

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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/

Assistance Dogs UK: Information, the Law and what your organisation can do to help

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A coalition of seven charities including Guides Dogs, this website provides information about their charity, the law regarding assistance dogs and what your organisation can do to welcome assistance dogs http://www.assistancedogs.org.uk/

Changing Places Toilets – information and advice for museums

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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Hearing Loops: Assistive Listening Technology ~ Dee Bolemon

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“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 […]