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Agree policy on accessibility of new space #727

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ajlennon opened this issue Mar 29, 2018 · 19 comments

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commented Mar 29, 2018

I was talking with @Robotorium about the move and I know for me I'm just going to move stuff from the Gostins building and put it wherever I am told and my back says is easiest.

But I also know we're all committed to accessibility. And I know I don't really understand what that means.

So I'm opening this issue in the hopes we can have a bit of a chat about how we might organise the stuff we move in and take some expert advice on what a good accessible environment would look like

@cheapjack have you got thoughts?

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commented Apr 2, 2018

It's good to be working out what we need to do, @ajlennon, but this doesn't feel very measurable to me. How do we know if this task has been completed?

Is it just that we should leave an X.Ym wide corridor between desks, etc. so a wheelchair can get through?

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commented Apr 2, 2018

No idea - but it's a crucial set of questions that needs to be answered as a high priority if we are committed to accessibility...

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commented Apr 2, 2018

What about "Agree policy on accessibility of new space"

To be agreed at next directors' meeting.

This ticket to contain input from interested parties

@ajlennon ajlennon changed the title Focus on accessibility over the move weekend Agree policy on accessibility of new space Apr 2, 2018

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commented Apr 3, 2018

I'm glad to see that the title of this issue has changed. I didn't really get what it was trying to achieve originally.

We've tried to keep accessibility in mind throughout the process of finding a new venue. In fact it's our efforts that have pushed Jason to provide lifts in the Tapestry building and step-free access. We have also made sure that we could have a more accessible toilet facility on our floor rather than relying on the one on the ground floor (for the record ours is unfortunately not the full size required to be officially "accessible" but is larger and has accessible equipment).

We have tried to consider accessibility throughout the process of laying out the rooms. I'm not saying we will achieve this 100% - one area I know we may fall down on initially is having automated doors on our floor - but we are trying and we're aware we need to consider it when laying out the furniture in the rooms too. I don't really know what the policy would look like, "we will aim to make as many DoES services available to as many people as possible" sounds great but also a bit vague. Any input is welcomed.

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commented Apr 3, 2018

I'd particularly like to see input into this on how events should be organised to ensure they are accessible.

e.g. seating layout etc. etc.

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commented Apr 3, 2018

So would it help if we had a floor plan of the space @Robotorium for people to see in advance of coming?

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commented Apr 3, 2018

That would be excellent @Robotorium. The wiki would be the best place to build something like that, and then everyone can contribute to it. If you or @ajlennon want to kick one off, head to https://github.com/DoESLiverpool/wiki/wiki and hit New Page

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commented Apr 3, 2018

Fancy working together on that page @Robotorium ?

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commented Apr 3, 2018

@johnmckerrell @amcewen can we invite @Robotorium to the DoES #Slack space so the two of us can discuss this and involve others without creating a massively complicated GitHub issue

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commented Apr 3, 2018

Slack signup is here: http://slack.doesliverpool.com

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commented Apr 3, 2018

And there's a new slack channel "accessiblilitywiki" where all the cool kids are at....

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commented Apr 3, 2018

@magman2112 I'm talking with @Robotorium about the scale of a photo I put on Slack (remember when we were talking about the networking layout originally). Can you remind me what the units are? We're trying to lay out paths for accessibility in different modes of room use. I'd ask you to join us if I didn't know how busy you are (but join us ;) )

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commented Apr 3, 2018

Just picked up this message, so likely a bit late for your discussions. The grid was 1 metre squared on the plans that were used for the network layout.

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