The British Disabled Angling Association has recently published Inclusive Angling – Access Guidelines for Fisheries. The guide is deisgned to help improve access to fishery and water clubs and includes deisgn guidance on platforms, pathways and materials.
The multimedia production company Spoken-Image has produced a number of virtual tors for historic properties, to help meet duties under Part 3 DDA. The tours are deisgned to allow people to explore inaccessble areas f historic and listed buildings by using a computer and feature sepcially shot panoramas, which allow users to zoom in and out and rotate left and rgith around each room.
Heritage Lottery Fund
Using Heritage Lottery funding, heritage organisations and disability organisations have begun to improve the opportunities for disabled people both to enjoy and shape their understanding of heritage, and this funding continues to be available to help meet the challenge of opening up shared and unique heritage for the benefit of everyone on the 21st century.
David Stainton is one of only 11 access consultants in the country to be included on HLF’s register of expert advisors.
Deaf people who use British Sign Language (BSL) have just been given access to a groundbreaking new service on the Disability Rights Commission’s (DRC’s) website.
The DRC has launched 200 pages of employment rights information in British Sign Language in a move to be the first such service in this country.
The content focuses on disabled people’s employment rights under the Disability Discrimination Act.
Improving Fire Protocol – the Government has commissioned a study into current evacuation protocol and procedures – a particularly disturbing consideration for someone with serious mobility problems, and which should have a major bearing when considering accessibility into an area.
First ever Disability Comedy Series has been commissioned by the BBC, which could provide a breakthrough in raising the profile of disabled people on television.
Disabled motorists should find it easier to fill up with petrol, as a result of a new guide for operators published by the UK Petroleum Industry Association and the Centre for Accessible Environments.
Thinking of Inclusive Living in the Future
The Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC), the Government’s statutory advisor on the transport needs of disabled people, has developed new material for primary school Design and Technology teachers, which aims to show how teachers can include the principals of inclusive design within the National Curriculum.
The Designing Everyone In pack, which was sent to every state primary school in England, was launched with a workshop as part of the Inspire and Educate conference of the Design and Technology Association at Sheffield Hallam University. The pack aims to build upon existing design and technology information, to provide teachers with easy-to-use materials and lesson plans to help teach inclusive design. The resources have been designed to encourage children to think about design issues and consider the needs of disabled and non-disabled people when using everyday things such as toys, shops, houses and cars.