Disabled Access: Gold, Silver + Bronze

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Here's a handy guide to the level of disabled and deaf access and information you can expect from a Bronze, Silver or Gold certified venue, according to Attitude is Everything.

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BRONZE

Access/Information
  • Access information available on website (in most cases this info is also on Ents24, in the 'Venues Info' section of a venue's page)
  • Venue contactable by phone, email to deal with accessibility enquiries
  • Free Personal Assistant ticket scheme in place
  • Policy described in access information
  • Dedicated accessible car parking or nearby Blue Badge parking highlighted
  • Accessible drop off points
  • Clear access information relating to various modes of transport and distances involved
  • Induction loop at one box office/wristband exchange location
  • A lowered window or accessible personalised service
  • Functional and appropriate accessible toilet provision
  • Level access from point of arrival to areas of performance and toilet(s)
  • Accessible directional and identification signage for general and access facilities
  • Viewing platform or area provided at all performance spaces where necessary
  • All merch/bar traders briefed on how to provide accessible service
  • Large print versions of menus or pricing lists available
  • Any emergency evacuation plan specifically references Deaf and disabled people
  • Front-line customer staff briefed on access facilities and policies
  • Core team member(s) received Disability Equality Training session including event-specific discussion
Other Commitments
  • Accessible and diverse recruitment policy in place for staff

SILVER

Everything described under 'Bronze', plus:

Access/Information
  • Detailed access information, based on AiE guidance, displayed clearly on all associated websites
  • Adopt AiE policy on the varied evidence required for use of access facilities and personal assistant tickets
  • Induction loop at all box office/wristband exchange locations
  • Lowered window or accessible service at all locations
  • Fully accessible toilets that meets all areas of ‘Part M’ regulations
  • Level access to all bars, merchandise and food outlets where possible
  • Tactile signage on toilet doors
  • All viewing platforms are stewarded with an accreditation system in place according to AiE guidance and constructed according to AiE best practice guidance
  • All bar/merch traders to have a lowered section where possible
  • If lowered section is not possible provide an alternative serving policy
  • Plans in place to offer level access to any stage and dressing facilities
  • Any core space featuring spoken word to have hearing loop or infra-red system
  • Disability Awareness Training extended to frontline staff
  • Key partners have undertaken core staff Disability Equality Training
Other Commitments
  • Direct marketing to interest groups of any services offered
  • Engagement with assisted performance providers
  • System for collecting feedback from disabled customers
  • Engagement with local or national disability organisations
  • Adopt AiE’s Accessible Volunteering policy

GOLD

Everything described under 'Silver', plus:

Access/Information
  • Venue website compatible with Screen Readers and ZoomText
  • Easy-read material produced
  • Photo route maps of relevant journeys / image based guides
  • Feasibility study of installing/hiring a ‘Changing Places’ facility
  • All signage follows guidance provided in the ‘Sign Design Guide’
  • Permanent level access solution for all stages
  • Accessible backstage dressing room provision
  • Any VIP and catering has level access and accessible facilities
  • If appropriate, able to provide assisted performance (BSL, Captioning, Audio Description) upon request
  • Key partners providing Disability Awareness Training to front-line staff.
  • Engagement with impairment specific disability training
  • Disability Awareness Training extended to frontline staff
  • Key partners have undertaken core staff Disability Equality Training
Other Commitments
  • Feedback from Deaf and disabled people feeding into to planning
  • Demonstrated case studies of people working on staff/volunteer teams
  • Promote accessibility in local/national/ disability-specific media.
  • Engage industry bodies, conferences and media on the subject of access.
  • Engage with venue or festival networks to engage others with the Charter
  • Engagement with ethos and objectives of Charter for a minimum of 3 years