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The Count Bat Project ran from 2008 to 2012, working throughout England to inspire and broaden the spectrum of people involved in bat conservation. Resources were collated and developed to help groups run their own accessible bat events. 

The broad guidelines on accessibility below give links to more detailed suggestions, case studies and videos. 

LIMITED MOBILITY

An introduction to making bat events more accessible to disabled people, focusing mainly on issues surrounding mobility and physical impairments, although this information will also be helpful when working with other groups of disabled people. Find out more.

DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING

An introduction to bat events for deaf and hard of hearing (DHOH) people. The most accessible bat events to run are:

  • A bat talk inside, featuring some visual props and resources to hand around.
  • A bat walk with bat detectors, preferably in a known environment.
  • Hands-on activities such as building bat boxes or creating a bat-friendly garden. Find out more.

VISUAL IMPAIRMENT

Guidance on delivering bat events to visually impaired people

The easiest bat events to make accessible for VIPs are:

  • A bat talk inside, featuring some bat calls and props to hand.
  • A bat walk with bat detectors, preferably in a known environment e.g. communal garden, local park…etc.
  • A training course to investigate further the world of echolocation, sound analysis and bat conservation. Find out more.

OVERCOMING LANGUAGE BARRIERS

Suggestions for working with groups for whom English is not the first language.

  • Using the support of bi-lingual project workers or those with cultural ties with the relevant community groups.
  • Using pictures, images or symbols to illustrate what you are doing
  • Using existing ‘Bat’ display (translated material) that shows the word “bat” in many different languages to recognise the diversity of cultural presence within the community while the main information is in English.
  • Using plain, straightforward English; jargon-free and clear. Find out more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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