MLA North West is working with museums, libraries and archives in the North West to ensure that disabled people can access their services and collections.
MLA North West is addressing the disability agenda by sharing good practice, information and ideas. We aim to:
build partnerships with organisations who promote and fund diversity and disability work regionally and nationally, in order to share benefits with museums, libraries and archives in the North West
publish good practice case studies
assist museums, libraries and archives to find disability trainers and auditors in the North West
Disability Discrimination Act The Disability Discrimination Act was passed in 1995 to end the discrimination that faced many disabled people. It is designed to protect disabled people in:
access to goods, facilities and services
the management, buying or renting of land or property
From this year (2004), all service providers are required by law to make reasonable adjustments to the physical features of their premises to overcome physical barriers to access.
To help museums, archives and libraries meet the needs of disabled users and employees, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) has produced a Disability Portfolio. The collection of 12 guides provides practical advice on developing inclusive services and also includes contact details for organisations who can offer further advice and support.
For more information, and resources related to disability, see: