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Accessibility and inclusion!

Accessibility and inclusion!

Accessibility, inclusion and a friendly atmopshere is important to us. It’s our second of four Aims!

Here are some of the things we do. (Draft article, needs a lot of work!)

1) Code of conduct (online and visible at all events)

2) Strong culture where we empower and support people to call out bad behaviour (we haven’t needed too so far) The culture is about sharing good times and not winning!

3) Optional name badges with space for disabilities, pronouns and anything else important. (Including online)

4) Clearly identifiable organizing team (Yellow lanyards)

5) Photographs of the venues online before the event

6) Clear signage to find the venue from the front door all the way to where we are

7) We brief the venue staff

😎 Our adverts include extra information like costs, parking, accessibility. RPGs include content warnings.

9) The organising team tries to be mindful of our language choice including avoiding injokes, required knowledge and tooooo much sarcasm, being literal / exact. (Supporting Autism)

10) We will always aim to greet everyone who walks in

11) we don’t start long games on starting time so if you arrive up to 45 minutes late you should be able to slot immediately into an icebreaker sort of game like codenames.

12) We try our very best to pick the best games for you including factors beyond just complexity. we will consider extroversion, confrontation, lieing / bluffing, rules which change constantly etc.

13) We pack far more games than we need to both show case the hobby and to allow for a great choice.

14) Our events are free in good value venues. (Wealth is an accessibility factor)

15) We listen… and will react if we have missed something.

16) Open communication channels before the event.

17) Guides and advice including a guide on what a typical games night might look like.

18) We aim to provide a quiet space to game at our events, as well as a recharge area (hard to do at all venues)

19) We will make what ever measures and adjustsments we can to support you

20) Bring a tablet so we can photograph hard to reach part of the board. ideal for those with lower mobility who cannot reach other or move around the board.

21) we actively challenge bad behaviour

22) Clear signage from door to us

23) We have a range of mental health support guides available to take away in a private area.

24) We recongise the sunflower hidden disability lanyard A symbol for non-visible disabilities (hiddendisabilitiesstore.com)

25) Lay out the room mindfully for access and noise

26) New larger print Name badges

27) Match make games with personallity, ability and other factors before gaming.

28) Actively support any one with additional needs

29) Large pro noun badges- colour coded to non gendered colours

30) Table Leg height extenders

31) At our larger events, Name tags where folks can request what they want to achieve / do

32) Badges to declare hidden disabilities or areas where they may need assistance.

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There is probably more we do. I’ve tried to instill this as part of culture so we just do it and don’t think about it.

If there is anything we are missing please let me know.

If you are passionate about please volunteer for our diversity sub committee / team to help advise and improve us!

We have recently redrafted our equal opportunities policy and included a new section on Neurodiversity which is often missed.

Facebook Gallery of measures some we added this year discussion post Herefordshire Board Gamers Community | Long Post about accessibility, inclusion and experience. | Facebook

Poster at all events.
Poster at all events
Organiser identification and optional name badges (Version 1)
Version two of our name tags, bigger names and pronouns. Also new lanyards!

Table Leg height extenders, £35 meaning folks in larger wheel chairs can get under the tables.



Our aims: https://herefordshireboardgamers.co.uk/who/aims/
More advice here: https://herefordshireboardgamers.co.uk/guides/

This is a very very draft brain dump and I’ll reform it into a guide

Space on name tags to state the guests aims for the events so organisers and other guests can help facilate!

Badges so guests can declare if they need additional assistance. Ideal for hidden disabilities