Accessible and Inclusive Learning Policy

Indielab is committed to ensuring that all participants can take part equally in every aspect of the accelerator process, by mainstreaming adjustments in programme delivery.

 

We aim for our learning environment to be as inclusive as possible, so that individual interventions are the exception and not the rule.

Aim

The aim of our Accessible and Inclusive Learning Policy is to meet the requirements of the Equality Act (2010) and the UK Quality Code, through the provision of accessible and inclusive learning, materials and methods.

 

 

Scope

The Accessible and Inclusive Learning Policy applies to all provision and all members of the Indielab community including:

 

  • all successful applicants

  • all members of staff holding a contract of employment at Indielab, including freelance trainers and facilitators

 

 

Inclusive and accessible materials

The following provides an overview of learning materials that are more accessible/usable for all participants, but particularly those with additional needs. Instead of adjustments for those programmes with disabled participants, these are examples of good practice which are relevant to all programmes.

 

  • Programme materials are available in electronic format where appropriate and possible.

  • Use of fonts that maximise legibility and readability, e.g. generally a sans serif font.

  • Use of at least 14 point text on printed documents, or above 14 point on request.

  • Use of good colour-contrast to make all materials more easily readable; this is particularly relevant to PowerPoint presentations.

  • Where possible, provision of audio description of programme materials on request.

 

 

Clarification of the responsibilities of individuals that will implement the Accessible and Inclusive Learning Policy.

Indielab’s Senior Leadership team is responsible for reviewing the design of the programmes and identifying appropriate inclusive approaches. The senior leadership team will give due consideration to disabled participants. Where there are educational experiences outside of traditional learning environments, reasonable adjustments will be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with the participant wherever possible.

 

 

Participants on Indielab programmes

All participants who wish to access support have a responsibility to inform Indielab’s senior leadership team of disabilities or medical conditions as soon as possible, so that support can be provided.  The Indielab senior leadership team will provide an individual needs assessment questionnaire and will engage with and receive consent from participants to create, store and/or communicate information on disability and support needs, confidentially to all relevant parties.

 

 

Website Accessibility

Indielab is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of circumstance and ability.  We aim to adhere as closely as possible to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0, Level AA), published by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Conformity with these guidelines will help make the website more user friendly to everyone.

 

Whilst Indielab strives to adhere to the guidelines and standards for accessibility, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website, and we are currently working to achieve this. Due to the dynamic nature of the website, minor issues may occasionally occur. We are continually seeking out solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall web accessibility.

 

If you have any comments and or suggestions relating to improving the accessibility of our site, please don't hesitate to contact us at hello@weareindielab.co.uk Your feedback will help us make improvements.