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Access and Inclusion Summary for Content Contributors

Summary | Access and Inclusion In All Spaces

  1. Disabled Rebels Network contact
  2. Three important things!
  3. Regenerative and Inclusive Approach
  4. All written information and signage / visuals
  5. Speaking
  6. Automated Close Captions [CC]
  7. Speech to Text interpreters
  8. Public Transport
  9. Disabled Parking
  10. Physical and Visual Access at the space
  11. Toilets
  12. Power
  13. Event Accommodation
  14. Marches
  15. Disability Access Training

1. Disabled Rebels Network contacts
Mattermost: Disabled Rebels Network Reception
or message the External Coordinator, currently Sian @sian-aubrey

2. Three Important Things!
- Build access in from the start of planning

  • Include information on access and inclusivity on call-outs / broadcast messages / adverts for events
  • Invite people to make their needs known by providing a contact
    It’s fine to use the Disabled Rebels Network email: providing you contact us first!

3. Regenerative and Inclusive Approach

  • Breaks
  • Quiet time
  • Minimise check-in and hand signal pressure
  • Offer check-ins via chat
  • Vary ways of contributing
  • Quiet spaces, needed by many

4. All written information and signage / visuals

  • When producing a written document with fancy backgrounds and tonnes of images, it's good practice to link a plain text version near the beginning of the document for visually impaired and dyslexic rebels
  • Use a sans serif font - Karla or Ariel is recommended
  • No italics or underlining (unless clickable link)
  • Maximise accessibility for dyslexic and colour blind people
  • Clear language, reduce jargon and use of initials / acronyms

5. Speaking

  • Face others and do not cover your mouth, where possible
  • Limit the time that people speak for
  • Clear language, reduce jargon and use of initials / acronyms
  • Use amplification equipment effectively to ensure your voice is as clear and loud as possible
  • Speak slowly so that closed captions and BSL interpreters can keep up. Neurodivergent people also sometimes use closed captions for comprehension
  • Check in that people are in a good position to hear and see

6. Automated Closed Captions [CC]
Note: Ensure Enhanced Encryption is enabled and NOT End-to-End Encryption otherwise some features won’t be available - Here's the list

Ensure you have updated your Zoom account to the latest version. Then enable Automated CC before the event in Zoom Account settings

N.B. Ensure Enhanced Encryption is enabled NOT End-to-End Encryption otherwise CC won’t be available. [Editor note - this is a shorter repeat of the first point in this section. Mayber that one should be put here instead?]

YouTube CC setting must be [activated when streaming Editor note - this link is not working in the original doc]

Turn on CC for [Facebook Live broadcasts and Live Streaming Editor note - this link has 404 error]

Big Blue Button: closed captions are available via a browser. However, be aware that CCs aren’t available if accessing a BBB meeting on a phone. BBB FAQ

7. Speech to Text Interpreters

British Sign Language Interpreters:

8. Public Transport

9. Disabled Parking

  • Recce the nearest spots well in advance
  • Check whether step-free access is available to the event from parking area

10. Physical and Visual Access at the space

  • Ramps, wheelchair trackway, ramps needed
  • Space for a wheelchair or rollator user and space to turn
  • Check lifts are big enough for power chairs and scooters and provide measurements
  • Clear routes and exits: important for some anxious and neurodivergent people

11. Toilets

  • Where? How accessible? Free?
  • Provide measurements where possible
  • Where are the closest fully accessible toilets?
  • To find accessible toilet: Changing Places
  • A Radar key also known as an NKS key, is a blue and silver-coloured key that opens more than 10,000 disabled toilets across the UK. RADAR keys are used by some 400 local authorities to allow disabled people access to locked, accessible toilets.

12. Power

  • Can this be provided?
  • If yes, by whom?
  • Finding friendly venues

13. Event Accommodation
All the above applies as well as:

  • If camping, can disabled rebels bring vans?
  • Can an accessible tent be provided?
  • Is there alternative accommodation?
  • Is a power source available?

14. Marches

  • ensure it’s level.
  • Are ramps needed?
  • Is track-way needed?
    Do not ask all wheelchair users to be in one block

    Pace: ensure it’s good for the slowest by:
  • inviting slow walkers to be near the front
  • ensure clear communication along the length of the march, e.g. Mic check (pass the info along the march)

    Offer lifts
    Check and provide info RE public transport

    Breaks can work in marches, if well-managed and purposeful.
    Non-disabled people can carry folding chairs for ambulant disabled people who need to sit during breaks.

    XR Rhythms and other active blocs, with equipment, and costumes:
  • accommodate disabled people within blocs
  • ensure well-trained stewards / Action Wellbeing are along the rest of the march to spot anyone needing support

15. Disability Access Training
If you’d like training, please contact the Disabled Rebels Network using the contact info at the top of this document.
For more information and to learn more, view the Disability Access Training slides