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How One Artist Creates Accessible Artworks Through Interactive Installations.

Clarke Reynolds.

Published on Google’s Small Business Stories.

“Please DO Touch”. That’s the message artists Clarke Reynolds would like displayed alognside his artworks as the world moves back to visiting galleries in person. After losing vision in one eye as a child, then experiencing worsening vision loss in recent years, the Portsmouth-based artist has pursued his dream of being an artist by using sound, textures, and textiles as his canvas – and achieved international recognition and success with the help from Google Digital Garage.

He joined MaMoMi many months ago and is a big part of our planning for a November mixed media exhibition to be announced in a few months.

Read the full article via this link 

#ClarkeReynolds #SeeingWithoutSeeing

Tate Modern Tour
Audio description tour: Kara Walker

Image: ​Kara Walker Fons Americanus 2019 | Photo credit: Matt Greenwood © Tate​

Blind and Partially Sighted visitors are invited to an Audio Description tour of Kara Walker’s 2019 Hyundai Commission.

Join Ruby Maddock and Andrew Mashigo for an audio described tour of this years’ Hyundai Commission.

Fons Americanus is a 13-metre tall working fountain inspired by the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace, London.

Rather than a celebration of the British Empire, Kara Walker’s fountain explores the interconnected histories of Africa, America and Europe. She uses water as a key theme, referring to the transatlantic slave trade and the ambitions, fates and tragedies of people from these three continents. Fantasy, fact and fiction meet at an epic scale.

Seats and hearing support equipment will be provided.

This sculpture is installed in the Turbine Hall.

Please meet at the Clore Hub on level O.

London SE1 9TG

ZSL London Zoo
A new Community Access Scheme

The humboldt penguin at ZSL London Zoo

Image: The Humboldt Penguin | Image credit: ZSL London Zoo

ZSL London Zoo’s Community Access Scheme partners with organisations who work with local families on a low income, people with additional needs and disabilities and older people to provide an affordable opportunity for their service users to enjoy a day at ZSL London Zoo.

Organisations can apply online for an allocation of heavily subsidised tickets to share with service users to use within 12 months. The aim of the scheme is to help overcome some of the barriers that these individuals face which includes the price of entry as well providing information to help individuals plan ahead so they can relax and enjoy their day. Please refer to the eligibility criteria and additional information below before applying to ensure that your organisation is eligible. If you are an individual please consider asking the eligible groups and networks you are part of to apply.

Our Commitment
ZSL London Zoo is committed to learning from partner organisations and individuals so they can make changes and improve the experience of visiting ZSL London Zoo. They, therefore, ask that anyone visiting through the scheme completes a post-visit survey to share their experience, as this feedback will support their plans to make the Zoo accessible for all.

They are offering heavily subsidised, flexible use tickets which will be valid for 12 months, allowing individuals to visit at a time that suits them best. Below is the pricing breakdown per person for organisations purchasing an allocation of tickets (minimum of 10 tickets).

Families on a low income £3.00
People with additional needs and disabilities* £6.50
Older people £6.50

Please note: Tickets will require payment at the time of booking which is after your application has been accepted. The team will call to confirm the number of tickets required and the total price before taking payment details. Tickets will be sent via email for the organisation to distribute to service users.

*Subsidised price includes a free carer.

ZSL London Zoo seeks to provide equal opportunity for all to enjoy the animal exhibits and visitor facilities.


There is a disabled parking bay in front of the entrance to the Zoo, and disabled visitors can also park on the main road for up to four hours. They also have disabled parking spaces in the main car park.


The Zoo is more than 170 years old and contains many old buildings, 12 of which are listed. However, most of the Zoo is accessible for wheelchair users and those with walking difficulties.

Land of the Lions is wheelchair friendly and has a lift available for visitors to use.

Tiger Territory is wheelchair friendly and has a lift available for visitors to access the higher viewing platform.

The Aquarium has wheelchair access via an entrance to the left of the main doorway.

The historic Lubetkin penguin pool (listed Grade 1) has limited viewing for wheelchair users and very small children.

The paths are generally tarmac and there is level or ramped access to most buildings. We should also add that the slopes leading to the two tunnels in the Zoo are rather steep.

Wheelchair Hire

The Zoo has a limited number of wheelchairs available for hire. We recommend booking these in advance by calling the Supporter Services team on 0344 225 1826 or emailing A deposit of £25 will be required, which will be refunded when the wheelchair is returned undamaged.

Mobility Scooter Hire

There is 1 mobility scooter available to hire for a hire fee of £10 and a £50 refundable deposit will be required, which will be refunded when the scooter is returned undamaged.  This must be pre-booked in advance by ringing Supporter Services on 0344 225 1826 or emailing

Access for Conference and Banqueting clients

Access for some conference and banqueting rooms is limited or currently unavailable. The following areas are fully equipped – The Prince Albert suite, Huxley Lecture Theatre, Bartlett Room and Regent’s Canal Room. The Raffles Suite and Mappin Pavilion have partial access facilities. Please contact the zoo to find out more about the room you want to use. 020 7449 6562 or email

Accessible Toilets

Accessible toilets are located as listed below

  • Opposite B.U.G.S
  • Next to the Aquarium
  • Near main entrance next to vulture aviary
  • The Terrace Restaurant

As well as the accessible toilets, there is a modern Changing Places toilet facility located at Animal Adventure. The 12 metre squared facility is equipped with a ceiling track hoist, a height-adjustable adult-sized changing bench, a height adjustable washbasin and a peninsular toilet.

It is secured with a RADAR key. If you aren’t able to bring one, it is available from our First Aid post – located between Barclay Court and the Main Entrance – as well as staff working at Animal Adventure. Please note anyone using the facility should provide their own sling for the hoist. Please view the map of the Zoo here.

Guide dogs

Dogs are not currently permitted on site at ZSL London Zoo, with the exception of ADUK accredited assistance dogs under specific conditions:

  • Dogs are not permitted at animal demonstrations and talks, in any of the walkthrough enclosures or in the temple clearing at Land of the Lions.
  • The zoo animals and dogs can react to each other – so we ask that if you notice any behavioural changes of concern, to move to another exhibit.
  • Your dog must remain calm and quiet, at least 2 metres away from any animal enclosure boundaries.
  • Please do not bring dogs near the big cat enclosures.
  • Your dog must be fit and healthy when visiting the Zoo, and not shown any signs of ill health – including diarrhoea and vomiting – in the last 24 hours. They must have been resident in the UK for the last 6 months and have received all annual vaccinations and anthelmintic treatments.
  • Poop bags are available at the main gate on arrival – you must clean up after your dog and never leave dogs unattended or off the lead.

If you are bringing an assistance dog to the Zoo, you will be asked to meet with the Animal Duty Manager on arrival for an on-site briefing to confirm acceptance of our full terms and conditions and any special considerations on the given date of your visit. Your assistance dog may be asked to undergo a brief health check to protect the wellbeing of our animals on-site.

Please contact the support centre in advance of your visit for more information on 0344 225 1826 or email

 To view the website, visit

Royal Academy’s Audio described tour and handling session

The Helene Schjerfbeck exhibition

Friday 2 August 2019
9:00 — 11:00

The Convalescent by Helene Schjerfbeck

Image: The Convalescent, 1888. | Image credit: Ateneum Art Museum, Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki

Image description: This oil painting is set in landscape format, depicting a diminutive young girl sitting on a large basket chair with a high back, and reaching out with both hands holding a pottery mug placed on the table to her right.

Blind and partially sighted visitors are invited on an audio-described tour of the exhibition, Helene Schjerfbeck, followed by refreshments and a handling session.

Join us for an early morning, audio-described tour where we’ll introduce the mesmerising paintings of Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946), one of Finland’s best kept secrets. Through over 60 portraits, landscapes and still life paintings, this survey show traces the evolution of her remarkable career from her early naturalistic style, honed during her studies in France, to her highly abstracted self-portraits. It is the first-ever exhibition to present Schjerfbeck’s work to UK audiences.

Following the tour, we will explore a range of handling materials that offer insight into the development of her work and shifting styles throughout her career.

This tour will be described and facilitated by Andrew Mashigo.

Meet in Front Hall of Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts.

Tactile Maps, Kensington: More Than Just Wayfinding

Article: Andrew Mashigo, MaMoMi
Contributor: Loz Simpson, Topografik
Contributor: Mrs Shirley Long, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
January 2019

Image description: Image depicts the robust three-dimensional tactile map featuring colour-coding, raised letters, symbols and braille. The raised letters and braille are depicted in grey colour, the park and open spaces are depicted in green colour, the buildings in purple, the roads in dark blue and bus stops are marked with round yellow symbols. The map is installed on specially designed lectern style stands.

Image credit: The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Image description: Image depicts the robust three-dimensional tactile map featuring colour-coding, raised letters, symbols and braille. The raised letters and braille are depicted in grey colour, the park and open spaces are depicted in green colour, the buildings in purple, the roads in dark blue and bus stops are marked with round yellow symbols. The map is installed on specially designed lectern style stands.

The South Kensington and Kensington High Street stations both have tactile maps installed at the stations. The tactile map at South Kensington station is located just outside the station, on Thurloe Street, off Exhibition Road. The Kensington High Street map is installed in High Street Kensington station. To locate it, walk towards the gates and on your approach, it is situated in the corner on the left, just before the ticketing machines.

Tactile maps are images that use raised surfaces so that a visually impaired (VI) person can feel them. They are used to convey non-textual information such as maps, with tactile map symbol conventions for pictorial information sharing. Symbols are chosen as the first focus since they are the features that represent the geographic reality and data.

“Tactile images, maps and touch installations enhance the experiences that people with sight difficulties have, making their visit more engaging, informative and stimulating, allowing greater independence and inclusion.” – RNIB Tactile Maps and Maps 2015 Brochure

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC), working with Guide Dogs for the Blind and the Royal National Institute Of Blind People (RNIB), and designed by Topografik, produced these robust three-dimensional maps featuring colour-coding, raised letters, symbols and braille. The raised letters and braille are depicted in grey colour, the park and open spaces are depicted in green colour, the buildings in purple, the roads in dark blue and bus stops are marked with round yellow symbols.

The story with the tactile maps in Kensington started with the Exhibition Road project. One of the things RBKC agreed with Guide Dogs for the Blind was to provide some form of wayfinding for blind and partially sighted people to get around the Exhibition Road area.

Image description: This Image depicts a close-up view of the tactile map, looking at it from the top left side. There is a guide dog to the right with the dog handler wearing a blue Guide Dogs tee shirt, with the handler’s right hand feeling the map by using his palm. We can clearly see the raised letters, symbols and braille on the map.

Image description: This Image depicts a close-up view of the tactile map, looking at it from the top left side. There is a guide dog to the right with the dog handler wearing a blue Guide Dogs tee shirt, with the handler’s right hand feeling the map by using his palm. We can clearly see the raised letters, symbols and braille on the map.
Image credit: The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Read the full article Tactile Maps, Kensington: More Than Just Wayfinding for more information.


The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea RBKC

Royal National Institute Of Blind People RNIB

Guide Dogs For The Blind


Visual Awareness Training:

Huge congratulations go to our first cohort of sighted guides on completion of our visual awareness training. After months working closely with Andrew and Lynn and gaining valuable experience guiding, supporting and assisting at several of our events, the sighted guides have now completed their visual awareness training, which included a half-day training session.

Visual Awareness Training aims to give people an understanding of sight loss, discussing some of the issues visually impaired may face daily and the support that can be offered. Included in our training sessions are discussions about the range of sight conditions, the emotional impact of sight loss, practising sighted guiding skills, possible sight loss related reasonable adjustments, discussions around legal obligations and good practice when communicating with blind and partially sighted people. We also show how products from our in-house digital imaging projects are used to share accessible information to blind and partially sighted clients and participants.

Below are three of the guides receiving their certificates of completion. Congrats again to Ismael Moga, Ryan Prince and Shisheng Wang.

Image description: This image shows Ismael collecting his certificate. He is standing in the middle and holding his certificate, with Lynn on the left and Andrew on the right. They are all smiling.
Image description: This image shows Ryan collecting his certificate. He is standing in the middle and holding his certificate, with Lynn on the left and Andrew on the right. They are all smiling.
Image description: This image shows Shisheng collecting her certificate. She is standing on the right with Andrew on the left. They are both smiling.

Museum Access: Expanding the experiences for visually impaired audiences.

At MaMoMi, we continue to support museum access for visually impaired audiences and Andrew’s continued work with the Design Museum, London, has helped to develop a series of multisensory tours for the museum’s blind and partially sighted visitors.

Read Museum Access for more information about a selection of past events.

At the entrance of the Design Museum for the Architecture tour held in May 2018.
This image shows some visually impaired visitors and sighted guides walking towards the Design Museum entrance for the Architecture tour in May 2018.
Visually impaired museum visitors are examining the former Commonwealth wall map at the Design Museum
This image shows Andrew describing the Commonwealth wall map and its textural characteristics before touching.
Here is a photograph from the multisensory tour of the Ferrari exhibition at the Design Museum in March 2018. Several visually impaired visitors gather around the Ferrari F40 on display
This image shows Andrew leading a group of visually impaired visitors through the Ferrari exhibition in March 2018 and giving a detailed description of the Ferrari F40 car on display.
Visually impaired visitors are here seen at the workshop making plasticine models of the Ferrari F40 and Ferrari 125s. They are supported by sighted guides
Image description: This image depicts the workshop session after the Ferrari exhibition tour, giving participants an opportunity to respond to and create their version of the cars explored at the exhibition.

DoppelDänger, an accessible performance.

By real-life doppelgängers, She Goat.

Thursday 14th of June 2018.

Camden People’s Theatre in London.

One half of She Goat, Shamira, stands in the middle of the stage and holds up a white lacey fabric with her hands above her head. Just behind her is a projection on the wall, with the full moon showing through a dark blue sky and white cloud. The room is very dark
Image description: This image shows Shamira lifting a large sheet of fabric above her head, staring at the audience with a curious gaze.
Shamira stands to the right of the picture, playing a keyboard on waist high stand. The other She Goat, Eugenie, playing her blue bass guitar, stands just behind Shamira and towards the left of the photograph. The wall projection behind them shows two figures wearing classic tudor costumes
Image description: This image shows Eugenie playing her base guitar and standing on a bench on the left, while Shamira plays the keyboard while singing and standing in the middle of the stage.
We explored costumes used in the play, and this dark orange coloured shoulder garment has a double stitched hem with a gold lining. The capital letter D is stitched on the back of the costume
Image description: This image is a close up view of the jacket Shamira and Eugenie wear at their performances, with Andrew lifting the edge of the jacket so we can have a closer view of the embroidered fringe. The capital letter D is stitched with gold fabric to the back of the jacket.
At the start of the event, there was a touch tour that explored costumes, musical instruments and props used in the show. Here, we see Lynn Cox sitting on a chair and touching the Autoharp, which has been placed on her knees. Holding the Autoharp on the left is Shamira, one half of the Doppelgangers. In the background is Eugenie, the other Doppelganger.
Image description: This image shows Lynn exploring the Autoharp instrument during the pre-event touch tour. Shamira is on the left of the image and wearing her baroque costume, kneeling forward while holding the edge of the Autoharp as it rests on Lynn’s thighs.

The Accessible show:

After years of being mistaken for one another, real-life doppelgängers, Eugénie and Shamira, have finally made a show about it.

With gender-twisting visuals and gothic storytelling, DoppelDänger is an exploration of dangerous doubling that reclaims what it means to be two women on stage.

You’ll be seeing double with this gig theatre featuring experimental live music and Baroque-pop mash-ups.

We saw the show on Thursday 14th of June at Camden People’s Theatre in London, and really pleased that it was successfully made accessible for visually impaired audiences. A pre-event touch tour explored costumes, instruments and props used in the show, and an audio-described introduction described key elements of the play. Making the show accessible to visually impaired audiences means that these performances can be enjoyed by a wider audience and with greater participation.

Further accessible show dates.

Further accessible dates for DoppelDänger show, in Bristol and London, are listed below;

Date: Thursday 21st June 2018.
Venue: The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol.
Time: 6.45pm for the Touch Tour and Audio Described Introduction to the show. The Performance starts at 8pm.
Contact the Wardrobe Theatre on 0117 902 0344

Date: Sunday 1st July 2018.

Venue: Greenwich Theatre, London.
Time: The Touch Tour start time TBC shortly. The performance starts at 7.30pm.
Contact Greenwich Theatre on 020 8858 7755

For more information, please email

NDACA at City Hall: Audio Description Tour, a Shape Arts event.

Blind and sight impaired people are invited to join Shape for a free Audio Description tour of the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive exhibition at City Hall on 13 June.

Image Credit: Shape Arts

Telling the story of the Disability Arts Movement through a series of boards featuring articles, archive items, scanned pieces from the collection, quotes and a timeline, the exhibition is a journey through the history of disability arts, when disabled people broke down barriers, helped change the law and made great art and culture about those struggles. This Audio Description tour will explore the artworks, objects and photographs featured in the exhibition and includes a joint talk with Audio Describer Louise Fryer and NDACA’s Archivist Alex Cowan.

The tour is free to attend, however booking is required. Numbers are limited and early booking is advisable. If you would like to attend, please email or call 020 7424 7322.

There will be a brief security check on the door so please arrive at 10.25am and meet in the café downstairs.

Visiting and travel information for City Hall can be found at

The National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA) is a project delivered by Shape Arts and chronicles the heritage story of the Disability Arts Movement, when a group of disabled people and their allies broke down barriers, helped change the law and made great art and culture about that journey. At the end of June 2018, Shape will launch, where the material past of the Disability Arts Movement comes to life through a catalogue of 3,000 deposits, a series of oral history films, Disability History Month animations, and so much more.

Event details

Where: City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA

When: 13th June, 2018

Starts: 10:30am

End: 12:00pm

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

General Data Protection regulation (GDPR) is a new legal framework formalized in Europe Union (EU) in 2016, it’s expected that all the applicable organizations will be in compliance with the GDPR by 25 May 2018.

The GDPR effectively replaces the Data Protection Directive (DPD) introduced in 1995 and is considered as much stronger than the Data Protection Directive (DPD).

The GDPR will facilitate the expansion of digital transformation by providing certainty to business organizations and also puts the customer back in control over his or her personal data.

GDPR means businesses can engage with customers within a properly defined legal context.

The GDPR and SMEs
Under the GDPR data processing organizations are required to maintain records of all data processing activities, but micro, small and medium-sized (SME) enterprises with fewer than 250 employees are excluded from this regulation.

For the benefit of those who are not familiar with EU, the EU notion of SME is given below.

SME — An enterprise categorized as micro, small and medium-sized (SME) enterprises if they fall under following two criteria.

Number of employees is fewer than 250.
Annual turnover or balance sheet is less than EUR 50 million.

Within the SME category there are further sub-categories as small and micro.

Number of employees is fewer than 50.
Annual turnover or balance sheet is less than EUR 10 million.

Number of employees is fewer than 10.
Annual turnover or balance sheet is less than EUR 2 million.

As an organisation, though we fall into the category of micro SMEs, we have taken the decision to comply with and create our GDPR policy.

Please read our GDPR document by clicking the MaMoMi GDPR Policy link below.

Announcing DoppelDänger by She Goat.

Image description: A tangle of six doppelgangers with limbs entwined, as they play various instruments: a bright blue electric bass, 1980s style synth keyboard, large tenor recorder, and autoharp. The doppelgängers wear uncannily similar outfits: gold and brown playsuits lined with fancy white lace, white skull caps with holes for their ears, and white leather wrestling booties. Photo Credit: James Allan.
London Accessible Performance:

Date: Thursday 14th June 2018

Venue: Camden People’s Theatre, London

Time: 7.30pm for Touch Tour and Audio Described Introduction to the show and 9pm for Performance.

This part-gig part-theatre wild and gothic exploration of dangerous doubling is now touring with performances accessible to blind and partially sighted audiences in London and Bristol this Summer!

About the show:

After years of being mistaken for one another, real-life doppelgängers, Eugénie and Shamira, have finally made a show about it. Encompassing experimental live music, Baroque-pop mash-ups and gothic storytelling, DoppelDänger is a bilingual boundary-bending attic takeover about the self, the other and togetherness. Featuring an uncanny blend of 1930s wrestling and 1630s-inspired Euro “retrofuturism” for the bespoke-made costumes, an eclectic mix of instruments including autoharp and synth; DoppelDänger is a theatrical gig fuelled with gender-twisting sibling rivalry.

Shamira Turner and Eugénie Pastor are associate artists of award-winning Little Bulb Theatre. Together they are She Goat, interested in extravagant multi-tasking and blurring the territories of theatre and music.

To book:

Call the venue’s box office at 0207 4194 841 to book your place on the pre-show free touch tour and any booking needs.

Alternatively, email for more info.


VI concession tickets: £10

VI companions and sighted guides: Free ticket

DoppelDänger is created & performed by She Goat (Shamira Turner & Eugénie Pastor)

Commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre

Supported by and developed at Camden People’s Theatre

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Website: Camden People’s Theatre

Please click on the image below for the Audio Described video of the DoppelDanger trailer


Sensibility Festival: Unlock The Sensory Labyrinth.

Dates: Friday 18 – Sunday 20 May 2018

Time: 10am – 4pm

Venues: Touchbase Pears & MAC, Birmingham.

As part of Sensibility Festival, mac and Sense Arts invite you to explore, play and experiment. The centrepiece of the festival is the Sensory Labyrinth, a large scale interactive arts installation designed to be touched, eaten, smelt, moved and felt that has been co-curated by 60 participants with complex communication needs. Experiential guided tours of the Sensory Labyrinth across the two venues (TouchBase Pears and mac) allow you to discover all that is on offer. Starting from Touchbase Pears, audiences can freely participate or take time away from each section of the tour.

Tours are available on Friday and Sunday and must be pre-booked.

Drop in and explore the Sensory Labyrinth independently on Saturday. Free admission, no booking required. Transport will be provided and each ticket admits one individual and companion. If you are booking online a member of the Customer Services team will be in touch to take note of communication preferences and additional requirements prior to the tour.

Please note that the 10am and 10.30am tours on Sunday will be smaller groups to enable anyone who finds crowds overwhelming to access the event.

Sensibility has been co-produced by the Midlands Arts Centre, Sense Arts and co-directed by Graeae Theatre Company and Steph Singer (BitterSuite/Open Senses Festival), in collaboration with artists Justin Wiggan, Lynn Cox, Saranjit Birdi and InterACTION.

Last entry time to the installation is 4.30pm

Website: MAC Birmingham

Image description: The Image shows the face of a gentleman and a lady next to each other. A bright light runs across each of their faces from top to bottom.
Portrait Image credit © Franklyn Rodgers

Below is the audio-described video introducing the Sensibility Festival


Help improve the State of Museum Access 2018

Article by VocalEyes

Published 8 January 2018

In 2016 VocalEyes published a report on the State of Museum Access (see report below) in which they assessed the provision of access information on the websites of all 1700 accredited UK museums.

For 2018, VocalEyes are preparing to repeat the audit this spring, and will publish the State of Museum Access 2018 in the autumn.

While the 2016 research mainly focused on access information relevant to blind and partially sighted people, they are broadening the scope in 2018 to record information relevant to a wider range of audiences, using the model developed for their work on the State of Theatre Access 2017, with partner organisations.

This is a call to action for museum staff across the UK. Providing access information online is not expensive or difficult. VocalEyes have developed Museum Access Information Guidelines, and Visit England and Visit Scotland have launched their own excellent resource (Accessibility Guides). Their team of research volunteers will be starting the new survey this spring.

It’s the belief that disabled people have a right to access, and feel included at every museum in the UK. Please check your museum website, or that of any other museum you know or love. If there is no access information, send them a link to this article by VocalEyes and ask them help improve the State of Museum Access 2018.

Read the full article by clicking Help improve the State of Museum Access 2018 or any of the images on the right.

Image of Natural History Museum's central hall
Image: Natural History Museum central hall.
Photo: Art Fund
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State of Museum Access Report 2016

An Insightful report about access to museums and public buildings in the UK

An article by VocalEyes

Published 5 December 2016

Image of the Central Hall of the Natural History Museum, London

Image: Central Hall of the Natural History Museum, London

There are many examples across the UK of museums, galleries and heritage sites welcoming and providing good opportunities for blind and partially sighted and other disabled visitors to experience their venue and collections. Indeed, UK museums are recognised among the most accessible of all public buildings. A range of museums across the country from the nationals to smaller local and independent museums and heritage sites offer resources and public programming include audio-described tours, handling sessions, Large Print and braille labels, tactile maps and drawings. Above all, many venues have staff trained to welcome, guide and support blind and partially sighted visitors.

However, the report published here reveals that this is only true of a small proportion of museums, with many appearing to take no steps to welcome or provide access information or resources for blind and partially sighted people.

Read the full article by clicking State of Museum Access Report 2016 or on the image above.

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Social Security Disability Benefits Guide

Understand how Social Security disability works and how to calculate your benefits

Article by The Simple Dollar

Published 2 November 2016

Please note: This article was submitted by a US-based associate hoping to highlight available benefits for people with disabilities.

Social Security disability benefits can provide for your family when an injury, illness, or disability prevents you from working and earning an income. Applying for benefits is often seen as a cumbersome process requiring several steps, a slew of complicated paperwork, and even in-person hearings.

This guide will explain how Social Security disability benefits work while helping you determine whether your disability, illness, or chronic condition is enough to qualify.

Read the full article by clicking Social Security Disability Benefits Guide.

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Lincoln’s Festival of Sound and Music

30 September to 7 October 2016

Sonophilia is an 8-day-long festival programme breaking barriers between experimental sound art and live music across genres; developing audiences; supporting artists; encouraging people to try something new.

Read more about the Sonophilia Festival 2016

Image of Sonophilia logo and a photo montage of participating artists

Image: Sonophilia log and a photo montage of participating artists