Access guidelines for specific audiences
From Our Toolkit
Making sure your collections are accessible to as many people as possible involves adapting the information you provide about your organisation as we as the events and activities you offer.
Different people have different needs depending on their abilities. Talk to and involve your local disability groups, getting it right for them is crucial and sometimes their needs conflict those of central government guidelines.
There is a range of best practice advice and guidance available to help you ensure what you are offering is accessible for everyone.
Advice for a range of disabilities
- The Disability Collaborative Network is a resource hub to provide information and guidance for those working in the heritage sector. Best practice is drawn from across the heritage sector and from relevant sources outside the sector.
For sight loss
- Sensing Culture provides a range of resources to help support heritage organisations to facilitate good museum experiences for those with sight loss.
- VocalEye’s offers support and advice on Creating an audio descriptive guide for your museum.
- The Neurodiverse Museum draws together best practice, information and research with the aim of supporting museums and the cultural sector to support neurodivergent people access to heritage.
- The Post Office Museum created a new visual story with Ambitious about Autism that will help neurodivergent people plan their visit.
- South East Museum Development’s Special Schools and Museums Toolkit helps you to create inclusive and accessible experiences for people with special educational needs and disability.
- A toolkit for to help increase accessibility for visitors with Dyslexia is available through the Collections Trust.
- Historic Royal Palace’s Rethinking Heritage: A guide to help you make your site more dementia friendly.
- Alzheimers Society’s has a range of guides to support your organisation to be more dementia friendly, and your can register to be a Dementia Friend an easy way to increase awareness and understanding of dementia.