Making heritage accessible - for everyone
Change cannot be done overnight. Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Heritage Ability is helping over 20 South West heritage destinations over the next three years (2017-2020) become more accessible. These places will then become role models to show what can be done to make our wonderful heritage more accesssible and inclusive.
Heritage Ability is being delivered by a team at Living Options Devon, a small disability charity in the South West.
Our solutions for people:
...with limited mobility
Many of the heritage places we're working with will benefit from an all-terrain mobility scooter (or 'Tramper'). This will enable those with limited mobility to access the outdoors like never before. The Tramper's are part of an existing Living Options Devon scheme called Countryside Mobility.
...who use British Sign Language
For Deaf people who use British Sign Language (BSL), we'll be working with the community to create BSL videos. Take a look at our locations pages to see where these are currently available. They are also available to view on our YouTube channel.
...with learning disabilities
Many of the destinations have complex histories and stories that can be overwhelming. We're making Easy Read products to break down these barriers so they they can access their heritage.
...with visual impairments
Particularly in museum settings, the written information can be inaccessible for people with visual impairmenets. We're making large print guides with accompanying maps, to help them unlock the information and navigate around the attraction.
...with autistic spectrum disorder
One of the biggest challenges for someone with autistic spectrum disorder is the fear of the unknown. We're creating Visual Stories, guides that will detail what can be unwelcome surprises at the destinations so they feel more at ease and prepared before a visit.