Reconnect 2017: Accessible design and the Jodi awards

We were delighted to be able to welcome MS Connect members to the School for the fourth annual MS Reconnect event. This saw many of our members mingling with current distance learning students, taking part in an Accessible Design Workshop and attending the Jodi Awards ceremony, at Attenborough Arts Centre.

The Jodis recognise outstanding practice in the ways digital technology is used to increase participation for disabled people within museums, libraries, archives and the heritage sites. We heard from the National Museums Liverpool on their House of Memories, an innovative dementia awareness programme. Another project, at Manchester Museum had, through the use of 3D technology, improved access to their collection for blind and visually impaired people.  The winner of the 2017 awards was Signly at The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. This fabulous app delivers smart signed content to digital devices to enable deaf visitors to access exhibit information.

The evening brought together many of our students, past and present.  We were very proud to be involved in an event that embodies so many of the Schools own values.