What can museums and galleries do on #AccessDay, and what have they done previously?

What can museums and galleries do on #AccessDay, and what have they done previously?

Disabled Access Day is all about giving disabled people, their families and friends, the opportunity to try something, or somewhere, new with the assurance that the event will be safe, accessible and tonnes of fun.  But that’s not all, we at #AccessDay also want to give venues an opportunity to showcase their assets and strengths, showcase the good practice that they already have, and think innovatively when it comes to improving and encouraging access and inclusion for disabled visitors.

Museums and galleries are well-known for their excellent access provisions, something we want to celebrate year on year with the Disabled Access Day event, now running for a whole weekend on the 10th to the 12th March 2017.

So what can you do to show that access and inclusion is, and should be, a priority for all? Well, here is an example of just some of the incredible things that went on last year in the name of all things access!

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On Saturday 12th March 2016, Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield introduced a whole host of inclusive activities, not limited to an autism-friendly hour, storytelling with puppets and British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation, touch and BSL tours of the museum, and stalls run by several disabled access groups. There were also a number of incredible talks on topics that are growing in importance every day (and rightly so!): inclusive design principles, improving access for disabled children, becoming a dementia-friendly museum, and understanding the experiences of visually impaired visitors.

If your museum or gallery is able to put on any of these events over the Disabled Access Day weekend, that would be fantastic, and don’t forget to advertise these programmes on social media and your website – it would be brilliant if disabled people could book accessibly online, too.  Contrasting colours, symbols and large print in brochures never goes a miss in terms of access and inclusion, either!

If exhibitions are your thing, there’s nothing quite like an exhibition on #AccessDay! Sign up here to take part and good luck!

Click here to download the word version of the Disabled Access Day Museum and Galleries Guide.