“I hate reading!” a response that I heard regularly from my young daughter through her years at primary school. We would have lovely times reading books together, but I missed the fact that she would get me to do all the reading!
At the age of 11, a good friend of the family asked my daughter if she would read something out for a service at our local church. That reading never happened because my daughter had an emotional meltdown. She wanted to help but couldn’t bring herself to stand up in public and read.
It was at this point that my wife and I realised that our daughter may have been dyslexic because her refusal and the emotions that went with it were uncharacteristic of our daughter.
Our guest post this week is written by Becki Morris, who “works in and loves museums” and is passionate about “museum access for people with neurodiversity, including dyslexia and dyspraxia”. Discover the Disability Co-operative Network and their work in making museums more accessible to people withdisabilities.
The Disability Co-operative Network was launched on 15 September 2015 at the Royal College of Physicians for the heritage and cultural sector. The network’s aim is to share information, knowledge, and case studies, and to develop ideas.
The network also brings museums and the cultural sector into consultation with commercial and charity sectors and disabled people. Our over-arching goal: to develop change within the heritage and cultural sector for diversity in the workplace and access to museums for a wider audience.
This is achieved by a website for people to share their projects and experiences, creating a free digital resource to break down barriers. The DCN Twitter account keeps people up to date with the latest news, information, and website updates. We are planning a blog as part of the site for disabled people to share their experiences of cultural venues.
We are currently collecting more case studies, links and further information including terminology to raise confidence, challenge preconceptions, and break down barriers. We are also developing working relationships with groups, charities and businesses in relation to how they develop networks and support for employers and employees within their businesses. This includes how they identify and challenge barriers to supporting talent in their workplace.
Our aim is to keep the network as accessible as possible without a membership fee so that finances do not become a barrier to participate.