Accessibility policy

Overview:

Raze Collective is committed to ensuring that its offices (QUAC headquarters), website and performances are accessible to the widest possible audience of staff, performers, collaborators and audiences.

 

Our Commitment:

The long-term goal and intention of this policy is state clear accessibility principles that the Raze Collective should follow.


 

Staff & Offices:

 

  • Provides in-depth resources to staff about accessibility 

  • Listens to each participants accessibility requirement before a meeting, and takes necessary steps to make the space accessible 

  • Provides BSL interpretation for events and meetings 

  • Maintains transparency in what is not accessible in QUAC headquarters and what is, and works to counter what is not accessible 

  • Aims to become ‘barrier-free’ for all persons 

 

Performers:

  • Talks to artists about accessibility requirements and supports artists 

  • Provides an in-depth description of venues and QUAC headquarters to performers in a timely fashion

  • Supplies gender-neutral bathrooms in all locations 

  • Offers advice on accessible transit routes, ensuring that there is sufficient public transport links and accessible parking at all events 

 

Performance Venues:

 

  • Events’ general admission will not require ID unless alcohol is served

  • Seek to offer affordable ticket prices and continue to make offers free tickets through community partners 

  • Where possible offer closed captioning 

  • Maintain transparency about what is not accessible in venues and what is, and works to counter what is not accessible 

  • Expresses no extra charge for accessibility requirements 

  • Provides an in-depth description of venues to audiences well ahead of performance dates

  • Supplies gender-neutral bathrooms in all locations 

  • Emphasizes the need for scent-reduction in spaces and works to reduce scents 

  • Offers advice on accessible transit routes, ensuring that there is sufficient public transport links and accessible parking at all events 

  • Follows FFZ: Free Passage, Flat Surface and Zero Barriers when looking at setting up all events and the access into and around the building and strives to adhere to this as closely as is possible.

  • Ensures that all physical spaces are clearly signposted both inside and outside the building, and that information desks, quiet areas and toilets are clear and easy to locate

  • Where possible and relevant, will provide audio and written descriptions of performance spaces, performers, set and costume before show, as well as touch tours, in-show audio description, surtitles, etc (not an exhaustive list) 

  • Will, where possible, send out pre-made accessibility packs before events to those who may need/request/benefit from it 

  • Will work with the relevant professionals to have spaces and events assessed for accessibility before the event takes place to the public 

  • Will work to gather feedback through a variety of mediums after events/performances to improve work in the future and find out what more can be done. 


 

Digital Performances:

  • Endeavours to make online events equally as accessible, including but not limited to providing subtitles, hiring sign language interpreters, prohibiting the use of restricted substances on camera, content warning for flashing lights and noises over certain decibels, and breakout rooms.


 

Website:

This accessibility statement applies to www.razecollective.com. This website is run by Raze Collective. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website.

 

Raze Collective commits to Accessible Formatting on its website including: 
  • Readable fonts: Sans serif fonts, such as Arial and Comic Sans, as letters can appear less crowded. Alternatives include Verdana, Tahoma, Century Gothic, Trebuchet, Calibri, Open Sans.

  • Font size should be 12-14 point or equivalent (e.g., 1-1.2em / 16-19 px). Some dyslexic readers may request a larger font.

  • Larger inter-letter / character spacing (sometimes called tracking) improves readability, ideally around 35% of the average letter width. If letter spacing is excessive it can reduce readability.

  • Inter-word spacing should be at least 3.5 times the inter-letter spacing.

  • Larger line spacing improves readability and should be proportional to inter-word spacing; 1.5/150% is preferable.

  • Avoid underlining and italics as this can make the text appear to run together and cause crowding. Use bold for emphasis.

  • Avoid text in uppercase/capital letters and small caps, which can be less familiar to the reader and harder to read.

  • For headings, use a font size that is at least 20% larger than the normal text. If further emphasis is required, then use bold.

  • Use formatting tools for text alignment, justification, indents, lists, line and paragraph spacing to support assistive technology users. In Word, you’ll find these tools in the ‘Layout’ tab:

  • Add extra space around headings and between paragraphs.

  • Ensure hyperlinks look different from headings and normal text.

  • Use single colour backgrounds. Avoid background patterns or pictures and distracting surrounds.

  • Use sufficient contrast levels between background and text.

  • Use dark coloured text on a light (not white) background.

  • Avoid green and red/pink, as these colours are difficult for those who have colour vision deficiencies (colour blindness).


 

IMPLEMENTATION OF POLICY

All staff are given access to our policy when joining the organisation.

 

POLICY REVIEW

Raze Collective is committed to reviewing the policy annually.

 

Date Reviewed: December 2020

Next Review Date: December 2021


 

Source:

https://queerartsfestival.com/accessibility/

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sample-accessibility-statement/sample-accessibility-statement-for-a-fictional-public-sector-website