Speakers: Spencer Clark, Managing Director, ATS and Steve Dering, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Direct Access Consultancy

At ATS, accessibility and inclusivity are a real passion of ours. We regularly produce British Sign Language (BSL) and subtitled tours for D/deaf and hard-of-hearing visitors. For Blind and Partially Sighted visitors we provide specialist consultancy, scriptwriting and production of audio-described tours, a mix of audible wayfinding and object descriptions using words to paint a visual picture.
We firmly believe that everyone should be able to experience the rich history and engage with the exciting stories our heritage sites and visitor attractions have to offer. However, a recent survey we conducted showed that many sites identified the same difficulties when trying to become more accessible: 
1. Not knowing where to start
2. Limited resources (time and staff) 
3. The nature of their sites and logistical difficulties 
4. Lack of funding  
Sound familiar?
Well, come and listen to our talk:  Breaking Down Barriers: Essential Accessibility Tips for Visitor Attractions
We have worked with Direct Access, a team of disabled people that work with museums and heritage destinations, to gather best practice examples from across the heritage sector on how to improve accessibility for those who are D/deaf or hard of hearing, for people with sight impairments and for those with physical needs. 
We will also provide practical advice on how to get started, whatever your budget.
You can also find out more by visiting ATS on stand K4 or Direct Access on stand M6.

May 15 @ 15:30
15:30 — 16:00 (30′)

Theatre 4 – Exhibitor Session


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