DSN has also produced guide to running accessible events.
The Disabled Students' Network (DSN) operates an Accessibility Pledge for societies, subcommittees, and unaffiliated student groups to sign up and commit to hosting accessible events. The pledge is as follows:
- We will include Access Statements for all of our events, everywhere it is advertised, with a dedicated point of contact for people who have further questions about accessibility.
- We commit to dealing with access requests confidentially and respectfully.
- We will commit to making our social media accessible, with the use of image descriptions, capitalising each word in hashtags, and ensuring all videos are captioned.
- Where we provide documents, we will commit to making those documents accessible and providing them in other formats or online editable formats.
- Where we provide food, we will meet people’s dietary requirements where requested.
- As far as possible, we commit to hosting our events in accessible venues, and we will actively seek out accessible venues for all of our events.
- We commit to considering accessibility throughout our event planning; for example, by considering the use of quiet rooms, access breaks, and accessible sound and lighting where necessary.
- We commit to hosting a variety of events aiming to commit to a variety of different access needs.
Societies and student groups can sign up to the Accessibility Pledge.
Why sign up?
Groups that sign up to the Accessibility Pledge will be:
- Listed at the bottom of this page.
- Occasionally featured in emails by DSN and the Societies Committee.
- Given an Accessibility Pledge badge to use on social media.
Most importantly, signing up to the Accessibility Pledge will show disabled students that you support their inclusion and accessibility at your events, potentially making them more likely to join your society.
More information about hosting accessible events
DSN has written a guide for societies and student groups to run accessible events. It covers information on making your social media more accessible, Access Statements, dealing with access requests, venues, sound, lighting, food, and online events.
If you have questions about improving the accessibility of your society, contact DisabledStuNet@ or attend DSN's Office Hours.
Report an inaccessible society
If you have concerns that a society signed up to the pledge may not be abiding by it, you can report this using the reporting form, or by contacting the SRC Disability Officer or SAF Societies Officer.
Pledged student groups
(Updated: 6th Mar 2021)