A simple checklist to use when location scouting to ensure your studio, set or unit location is as accessible as possible.
- Is there a step-free route all the way from entrance to seating? If not, consider a hired ramp which is set at an appropriate incline to not need assistance to negotiate it
- Are corridor widths on this route at least 800mm?
- Does the venue have accessible washroom facilities?
- Is disabled parking available on site or nearby?
- Is all relevant signage clear and in a large font?
- Are all doors easy to open and close? If not, will someone be on hand to open and close?
- Is there appropriate, lit space for an interpreter next to where your disabled guests may be positioned?
- Does the venue have an induction loop or other sound enhancement available in all rooms to be used, which is checked regularly?
- Have audience coordinators or stewards had disability awareness training, including how to guide blind or partially sighted people?
- Does the seating allow wheelchair users to sit next to a companion?
- Are the catering areas accessible?
Set or OB locations:
- Think about designing your set to be as flexible as possible to allow for alterations to meet the needs of a disabled person
- Try to ensure the set is step-free and as free from obstacles as possible
- Is there space on set for a personal assistant and/or sign language interpreter?
- Are on-site catering facilities accessible?
- Are the on-set toilets accessible?
- Do the hotels for cast and crew have accessible rooms and facilities?