The school welcomes The Jodi Awards 2017
For over ten years the Jodis have been celebrating excellence in accessible digital design. Managed by the Jodi Mattes Trust, these biennial awards recognise outstanding practice in the ways digital technology has been used to increase participation for disabled people within museums, libraries, archives and the heritage sites.
Given in memory of Jodi Mattes, a tireless campaigner for the cultural equality of disabled people within the cultural heritage sector, the awards look to highlight organisational commitment to universal design principles, as well as to inspirational approaches to inclusive and participatory design.
With our own Dr Ross Parry one of its founding Trustees, the Trust has a long-established relationship with the School of Museum Studies. ‘The Jodi Awards, and the extraordinary practice they discover and share’, Ross explains, ‘continue to be not only a provocation and stimulus to our research, but are a wonderful catalogue of exemplar to share with our students in our teaching’.
The 2017 Jodis at Attenborough Arts, follow previous winners’ events at the British Museum, V&A, Museum of Liverpool and, last year, at the British Library – where the awards were presented by disability activist and cross-bencher peer, Baroness Campbell.
The evening event will be preceded by an afternoon workshop on accessible design led by Ross Parry and equalities and access manager at The National Trust, Heather Smith.