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Accessibility strategy

Version 2.0 of our Accessibility Strategy

Created by Beatrix Livesey-Stephens. In NEoN’s mission to bring digital arts to everyone, considering accessibility is extremely important. This strategy is a step in making sure NEoN can provide access for disabled individuals and fulfilling that mission. We live in a rapidly changing world, and accessibility is no exception – there are always new accessibility measures being developed, and new technology to create art with. This strategy will continue to evolve with new information and guidance as the state of accessibility and digital art changes. Ongoing conversations are needed every time NEoN considers something new and the state of the intersection of digital art and accessibility changes. Most of what is in this strategy is from other sources, and I have highlighted these places in the references section. We would especially like to thank Glasgow-based theatre company, Birds of Paradise.

This strategy is mainly focused on accessibility for disabled people (i.e physical accessibility, accessibility for neurodivergent people and web accessibility), but accessibility more broadly includes socio-economic accessibility, digital accessibility (i.e relating to digital poverty), and cultural inclusion. Accessibility is all about inclusion, and this includes everyone.

When curating an event, programme of events, or general commission, it is important to keep accessibility at the forefront. Accessibility is something that should be baked in, not added on at the last minute. By choosing accessible platforms, accessible language, and booking captioners and interpreters in advance, and involving them in the process, you are actually reducing the workload and crunch time involved, and making the programme and experience of accessibility more effective. This includes telling people (i.e coworkers, artists, and anyone else) why a specific thing is needed from them, as it helps to see how every bit of information will fit together in the end, and broadens knowledge of accessibility for everyone involved. So much of accessibility activism ends up trying to reinvent the wheel. If you are unsure whether something has been done before, or how to implement a measure, look it up on the internet. It is likely that someone has done it before you.

No piece of art can be “fully accessible”, and should not be labelled as such. In fact, what makes a piece accessible to some people can make it inaccessible to others. In the words of tabletop roleplaying game (TTRPG) designer Jay Dragon (paraphrased):

“Please consider conflicting access needs and insert that phrase into your vocabulary. For example, the medium of podcasts [is] not inaccessible in itself — they are an artistic medium. if you struggle to process them (as I do), then you have an access need if you want to engage with them (in my case, transcripts). If you request your access need and the podcaster is unable to provide them, then that podcast is inaccessible for you. (This is a morally neutral statement! There are many reasons why a podcaster might not be able to provide that). This doesn’t mean the podcaster should be writing articles instead of podcasting — long articles can also be inaccessible for people, there is no perfect method of communicating information which everyone can immediately understand. In some cases, we might have conflicting access needs — maybe you need the text in bright red comic sans for your dyslexia, and my migraines make it impossible for me to process that without getting a headache. Ultimately, access needs are individual and complicated, and pointing to a medium or an artistic work and branding it inaccessible is a distortion of that language’s purpose and makes it harder to discuss ableism and accessibility.” 

References and sources
Accessibility Professionals

Association of Sign Language Interpreters website 

The Association of Speech-To-Text Reporters

British Institute of Verbatim Reporters

National Union of British Sign Language Interpreters

National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD) 

Audio Description

Audio description | Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The Ultimate Guide to Audio Description – 3Play Media

Alternative Text

Alt-text decision tree

Alt-text is not a new form to play with, it’s an accessibility tool – Twitter thread and discussion
Harvard University Digital Accessibility site


Braille – A2i Transcription Services    

A2i Transcription Services Price Guide

Sign Languages

Interpreter Fee Guidance

PDF Accessibility

Create and verify PDF Accessibility


Captioning Style Guide from Talking Type Captions 

Live Closed-Captioning on Vimeo



Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants

Creative Scotland’s Open Fund for Organisations

Game Accessibility

Designing One-Button Games for Accessibility

Game Accessibility Guidelines

Self-Voicing on the Ren’py Engine


Am I Autistic by Sonia Boué

Neurodiversity at Work – Supporting Employees Across the Spectrum 

Neurodiversity in the workplace – Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service 

Tips for supporting neurodiversity in the workplace – Forbes

Making Digital Art Accessible

Digital Creatively Embedded Access – Birds of Paradise Theatre Company

How AI could increase art world accessibility for disabled artists | Dazed 

Making your show accessible | Edinburgh Festival Fringe 
Painting a Picture of Accessible Digital Art  

Resources – Birds of Paradise Theatre Company 

The Fringe Guide to Adapting Events for Deaf and Disabled Audiences 

Using digital to make the arts more accessible | Nesta 

Win-win for disabled arts-lovers and the sector | The Audience Agency 

What does “Arts Accessibility” even mean? | Shawna NM Barnes

Web Accessibility

Automated Tools for Testing Accessibility

How can I make my digital work more inclusive?

How to use Semantic HTML – web accessibility Overlay


Web Accessibility Initiative  


Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion | Creative Scotland

Talking about disability at work: Supporting disabled people at work – Acas