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Nominations for Jodi Awards 2011 now open | 22 June 2011
Have you been working on a project which uses digital media to widen access to information, collections and learning for disabled people? If so, we would like to hear about your project.
Nominations for the Jodi Awards are now open (until 21 September).
The Jodi Awards celebrate practice that inspires locally, nationally or internationally. They are for museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage venues which use digital technology to provide a shared experience for disabled people.
The UK Jodi Awards 2011 will be given on 1 December at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, Wales. A seminar about digital inclusion for disabled people will be held during the day.
The International Jodi Awards 2011 will be given on 8 December at the International DISH 2011(Digital Strategies for Heritage) Conference in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
More information about the Jodi Awards and new content about cultural rights policy on the Jodi Mattes Trust website.
Libraries Change Lives Award 2011 Finalists announced | 8 June 2011
1. The NEALIS project (North East Accessible Library and Information Services)
Providing improving library, information and reading services to blind and partially sighted people throughout North East England, this is a wide ranging partnership project across a variety of organisations including 12 public library authorities, and is endorsed by the Society of Chief Librarians and Share the Vision Six Steps pledge.
2. Making the Difference: Opportunities for Adults With Learning Disabilities (Kent Libraries and Archives)
An innovative project that welcomes adults with learning disabilities into libraries and works with them to develop services that meet their needs, and help them to lead more active lives in their communities.
3. Our Tyneside & The History Club (Newcastle City Libraries)
A pioneering partnership that engages adults with learning difficulties with their local heritage and family histories through practical, skill-developing activities, guided tours and talks in a safe and friendly environment.
Further info and links to the videos of the three finalists on the CILIP website.
Jodi Awards 2010 | 2 December 2010
The winners and commended pieces of work were announced yesterday.
Winner Digital Access Online: Historic Royal Palaces, British Sign Language visitor information
Winner Digital Access for People with a Learning Disability: British Dental Association Museum,a Medicine at the Movies project
Commendation for Digital Access for People with a Learning Disability: Inclusive Communication Essex
Commendation for Digital Access onsite: Medicine at the Movies, a partnership of six museums, including the Thackray Museum, the British Dental Association Museum and the George Marshall Medical Museum.
Full details are on the Jodi Awards website.
Jodi Award 2009 - reminder of call for nominations | 16 July 2009
Nominations are now being sought for the Jodi Awards 2009. The awards are for museums, galleries, libraries, archives, arts organisations and heritage venues that use digital technology to widen access to information, collections learning and creativity for disabled people.
The closing date is Friday 25 September 2009.
Further info on the Culture24 website.
The Jodi Awards 2008 (jodi2008) | 9 December 2008
Jodi Award Winners 2008
Taken from MLA News Bulletin.
Kevin Carey, Vice Chair of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), called for renewed effort to make UK digital culture accessible for all at the 2008 Jodi Awards on Friday December 5, 2008, at the British Museum, London.
In a typically passionate speech Kevin outlined a new reality for culture creators, publishers and producers. He called for the setting up of a national Centre for Excellence for Accessible Media funded by the public, commercial and third sectors.
“If we go on training disadvantaged people, including those with impairments, in a fragmented accessibility and usability ecology, to acquire what are called 'basic' skills in accessing and processing information, we will doom them to be poor.”
Kevin's speech preceded the giving of the 2008 Jodi Awards. The awards are for museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage venues that use technology to provide access to collections and learning for disabled people, e.g. websites, interactive objects, audio-guides, PDAs and virtual reality shows.
The awards, sponsored by RNIB and supported by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, were presented by Kevin Carey and preceded by an introduction from Andy Minnion, Director of the Rix Centre.
Lord Low, Chair of RNIB, was present at the ceremony, as were representatives from many shortlisted museums and galleries.
Named in memory of Jodi Mattes (1973-2001), who worked as part of the British Museum's web team and later at the RNIB, the awards honour Jodi's efforts to ensure the museum's COMPASS website was as accessible as possible. Jodi's parents, Harry and Esther Mattes, and sister Sara, attended the award ceremony.
2008 Jodi Awards - the winners
1. Excellence for people with a learning disability, in association with the Rix Centre, London
Outside In Pathways, for their project in which a group of people with learning disabilities made films using digital technology at the V&A museum, London.
2. Excellence in accessible digital media
The National Trust, for their virtual tour pilot project. 12 virtual tours were developed, and four more are in production. All this from a national charity that involved disabled people in making accessible media that could genuinely and substantially improve the experiences of disabled visitors.
3. Excellence with a low budget - Web accessibility
In this category, a COMMENDATION was awarded to the Thackray Museum in Leeds, and their website redevelopment project. The museum consulted young visually impaired people from Henshaws College in York and incorporated a range of their recommendations into the design.
4. Excellence in Web accessibility
Awarded to the British Museum for its BSL Schools Web Project
In this project young deaf people produced signed curriculum resources for young deaf people, working with Frank Barnes School and media company Remark.
This outstanding project is well thought out, carefully framed and cleanly presented, bringing together a creative and appropriate mix of users, artists and designers with expertise in the area of BSL.
5. Excellence in accessible digital media on a low budget
The Jodi judges have decided not to award a prize for accessible digital media excellence on a low budget this year.
Bullying wrecks lives: the experiences of children and young people with a learning disability | 6 December 2007
"In the UK, an incredible 82% of children with a learning disability are bullied – this is 280,000 children. They are subjected to bullying throughout their lives. And it happens everywhere they go, making them feel unsafe outside their own homes."