This guide offers some simple solutions for under resourced small to middle scale performing arts producers and makers whose work is not yet fully inclusive and accessible to disabled people.
Resources - Access
Just like sighted people, blind and visually impaired people use social media as well. Social media is such a huge part of our lives now (you can decide whether that’s a good or bad thing), and so much content on there is visual which isn’t always the most accessible for blind and visually impaired people. However, there are steps that you can take to make your social media posts accessible and inclusive for everyone.
From 'Life of a Blind Girl'
Copy and paste link if button broken: https://lifeofablindgirl.com/2018/10/31/6-ways-to-make-your-social-media-posts-accessible-for-people-with-a-visual-impairment/
house have put together this resource for venues to self-assess their access provision for staff and patrons.
Based on the same document which we use in house, this template is for a company to better describe the access provision available for their production.
Arts Council England have created a guide to those applying for Project Grants with access needs and for those who want to make their work as accessible as possible.
This information sheet explains the types of support they can help with at the different stages of applying for a grant.
A list of simple tips for touring companies to integrate access into their tour.
Drake Music have been researching and learning about accessibility in video conferencing/online meetings/remote music sessions.
Here are some of the things they have learned from their experience of delivering webinars and working remotely.
Copy and paste link if button broken: https://www.drakemusic.org/blog/becky-morris-knight/accessibility-in-video-conferencing-and-remote-meetings/
A resource by Paul O'Donnell sharing his journey into accessible theatre and how venues and organisations could help
20 simple ways of making your marketing more accessible.
By Jennifer Tomkins, Head of Marketing and Development, Artsadmin and Jo Verrent, Senior Producer, Unlimited
An information sheet dedicated to links and advice on receiving captioned performances at your venue. Kindly provided by STAGETEXT.
Cards for Inclusion is a card game helping those in the arts sector explore how barriers can be removed and how we all can make whatever we offer more accessible to disabled people.
Sarah Wilson, house Marketing Support Officer, has created a Visual Story in 2013 for Farnham Maltings with the aim to engage with, and welcome, community members who have autism to the building.
A Visual Story aims to support children, young people and adults with autism, communication difficulties, other learning disabilities and those with English as a second language.
Please feel free to download this Visual Story to help you create a similar document for your venue or tour.
Closed captioning allows you or another meeting attendee, assigned by the host, to add closed captioning in a meeting.
Copy and paste link if button broken: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/207279736-Getting-started-with-closed-captioning
Leeds Playhouse have produced an excellent document on how to produce and run Dementia Friendly Performances at venues, with top tips including how to select the show you wish to adapt, how to sell the show, and how to prepare the space.
As well as becoming an accessible space for those who are D/deaf or disabled, Dementia Friendly environments mean even more audiences can enjoy the shows that take place at your venue.
In this time of increasing uncertainty and change, web accessibility and inclusive marketing is more important than ever.
As organisations take steps to limit travel, cancel or postpone face-to-face appointments and replace in-person events with virtual ones, it’s vitally important that the information you produce online can be accessed and understood by every website user. It’s also critical to ensure your comms don’t alienate or leave anyone behind.
In this webinar we'll look at the case for building accessible and inclusive websites and digital campaigns and advice on how to do it.
If you are working to improve your digital communications, boost your brand reputation, and build more inclusive marketing and digital experiences then this is a must-watch!