The Show Must Go On: Jodi Awards Conquer the Elements

The adverse weather conditions and disruption to travel services did not prevent delegates from attending the all inspiring Doing Digital Sensibly Seminar/Jodi Award 2010, on Wednesday 1 December at the Scottish Storytelling Centre , Edinburgh. About thirty delegates from across the UK braved the weather and were treated to excellent presentations and amazing projects highlighting fantastic best practice in digital accessibility.
The highlight of the day was the presentation of Jodi Award 2010 winners. These awards celebrate and reward exemplary work by museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage venues that use technology to widen access to information, collections, learning and creativity for disabled people. This was the third Jodi Award but the first ceremony to take place outside London. There are a number of award categories but unfortunately not all prize winners were able to make it to the ceremony itself.
Historical Royal Palaces won the award for Digital Access Online with their amazing and excellent project BSL (British Sign Language) for Visitor Information. This project raises standards of BSL video clip presentations; key visitor information about the five Historic Royal Palaces is presented in 25 video clips by deaf actor John Wilson, whose expressive qualities and period costumes make for a really engaging experience. The good size online screen allows a good view of the actor’s hand shapes and body. The sub-titles allows for a shared experience for deaf, hard of hearing and hearing people Deaf people often use a combination of BSL and text.
The picture is of me presenting the award to Sue Whittaker from Historic Royal Palaces, also in the picture are Esther Mattes, Harry Mattes and Marcus Weisen from the Jodi Mattes Trust. More information on the winners of this year’s awards please do check out the Jodi Awards website.
I would encourage you to think about projects you are involved in and to consider putting them forward for the Jodi Award 2011, the template for nominations can be very helpful and it can be found here. Access to services is crucial and the need to involve disabled people when planning your project is very important. We must make every reasonable adjustment to enable disabled people to access services that can benefit many people.
If you have any digital/online project you are doing currently or you are considering doing one, we would like to hear from you. We would like to know in particular, if your project involves web accessibility for disabled people so please do feel free to contact me or comment on this post.

Sue Whittaker of Historic Royal Palaces receives award from Loretta Mordi, MGS

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