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Heritage Ability

Heritage Ability

Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Heritage Ability helped over 20 South West heritage destinations between 2017 and 2020 to become more accessible. These places then became role models to show what can be done to make heritage sites more accessible and inclusive.

Our solutions for people:

With limited mobility: Many of the heritage places we worked with benefited from an all-terrain mobility scooter (or ‘Tramper’). This enabled those with limited mobility to access the outdoors like never before. The Trampers were part of an existing Living Options Devon scheme called Countryside Mobility.

Who use British Sign Language: For Deaf people who use British Sign Language (BSL), we worked with the community to create BSL videos.

Tablet with BSL videos

With learning disabilities: Many of the destinations have complex histories and stories that can be overwhelming. We made Easy Read products to break down these barriers so that anyone can access this heritage information. 

Easy Read guide of Killerton

With visual impairments: Particularly in museum settings, the written information can be inaccessible for people with visual impairments. We made large print guides with accompanying maps, to help unlock the information and assist people to navigate around the attraction.

Large Print map of Geevor

With autistic spectrum disorder: One of the biggest challenges for someone with autistic spectrum disorder is the fear of the unknown. We created Visual Stories, and guides that detail what can be unwelcome surprises at the destinations helping autistic visitors feel more at ease and prepared before a visit. 

Visual Story

Training: In addition to a range of accessible products and solutions, we also trained staff and volunteers in Disability Awareness and Deaf Awareness. 

Staff and volunteers at Geevor