Here, we’ve curated some useful resources for information, activities and help for people with disabilities.
ABLEIZE is an online disability directory of UK needs and services With 10,000,000 unique hits and counting, it’s the UK’s most popular disability directory. Run by disabled people for disabled people, it includes access, news, recreation and sports, arts and education, and information on specific disabilities.
Google Accessibility, previously known as Accessible Google, is the hub of Google’s commitment to making the internet accessible to everyone. It includes a collection of tools and resources for disabled users, education and advice for developers looking to build accessible products, and information about Google’s own accessibility research initiatives.
TV Help, a website full of resources for increasing accessibility to TV.
TV Help’s Audio Description schedule is a vital aid for anyone with restricted vision who’s watching television, film, theatre and sports. It provides an additional narrative that fits between dialogue, describing the significant aspects of the visual content, describing who, where, what, when and why the actions on screen are happening. Actions, facial expressions, clothing, scenery – anything important to convey the plot of the story. In theatre, the action is usually described life, to respond to what’s happening with the actors live on stage.
Home Fire Safety Check is a free initiative run by South Wales Fire and Rescue Service to ensure that every home has been checked and has a smoke alarm. Ken Ralph from South Wales Fire and Rescue said: “The scheme allows you to have expert advice from your local fire station. It’s all free! All you need is a pair of lungs to qualify.” For more information call 0800 3281 830.
South Wales Talking Magazine Association is located within the Cardiff Institute for the Blind and RNIB Cymru headquarters, and produces two audio publications that are distributed via CDs. The Cardiff Talking Newspaper and Snippets is based on the South Wales Echo, and the South Wales Talking Magazine is all original material, with items of particular interest to people with a visual impairment and people who live in South Wales. They’re free of charge to anyone who’s blind or visually-impaired.
Equality Act 2010 resources explain that you are disabled if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term negative affect on your ability to do normal daily activities. There are special rules about recurring or fluctuating conditions, such as arthritis. You can find more information at Gov.uk.
Venture Out Cardiff is part of the Mentro Allen scheme, and is led by Innovate Trust. It aims to develop new opportunities for physical activity in local green spaces, for children and adults in the Cardiff area. The project will target those with a sensory impairment and in addition those with learning and physical impairments. The activity programme will include walking, hiking, conservation work and canoeing.
Fix the Web is a website that allows you to report problems with accessibility, or specific failures of websites to accommodate your needs. You can report problems in less than a minute, and one of their thousand-strong team of volunteers will then follow up with the website owner and ask them to resolve the issue.
The Web Accessibility Initiative is an arm of the World Wide Web Consortium, also called W3C. The W3C is a standards organisation for the internet, and the Web Accessibility Initiative develops guidelines that are widely acknowledged as the international standard of web accessibility. They welcome participation and feedback from around the world.