Accessibility Policy

1. Introduction

Six Degrees is committed to ensuring that our facilities, events, and online platforms are accessible to all individuals, including those with disabilities. This Accessibility Policy outlines our commitment to complying with the Equality Act 2010 and providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone.

2. Scope

This policy applies to all members, employees, volunteers, and any other individuals involved with Six Degrees. It covers all aspects of our activities, including membership, events, services, and communications, both in-person and online.

3. Our Commitment

We are committed to:

  • Ensuring equal access to our facilities, events, and online platforms for individuals with disabilities
  • Complying with all relevant accessibility laws, regulations, and guidelines, including the Equality Act 2010
  • Continuously improving the accessibility of our services and resources, and addressing any barriers to access
  • Providing appropriate training, guidance, and support to our members, employees, and volunteers to promote accessibility awareness

4. Facilities and Events

We will take reasonable steps to ensure that our facilities and events are accessible to individuals with disabilities, including:

  • Conducting regular accessibility audits of our facilities and identifying areas for improvement
  • Providing clear information about the accessibility of our facilities and events on our website and promotional materials
  • Offering alternative formats and accommodations for events, such as sign language interpreters, live captioning, or large-print materials, upon request
  • Ensuring that our staff and volunteers are trained in disability awareness and can provide assistance as needed

5. Online Platforms

We will make reasonable efforts to ensure that our online platforms, including our website and community portal, are accessible to individuals with disabilities by:

  • Following best practices for web accessibility, such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1
  • Regularly reviewing and updating our online platforms to address any accessibility issues
  • Providing alternative formats or accommodations for online content, such as transcripts, captions, or audio descriptions, upon request
  • Encouraging members to report any accessibility issues or barriers they encounter on our online platforms

6. Training and Support

We will provide appropriate training and guidance to our employees, volunteers, and members to ensure they understand their responsibilities in promoting accessibility and are able to contribute to an inclusive environment.

7. Review and Monitoring

This policy will be reviewed regularly to ensure its continued effectiveness and compliance with the Equality Act 2010 and other applicable laws and regulations. We will monitor our facilities, events, and online platforms to identify any areas for improvement and take action as needed.