October 2012, Remploy
Raincharm are responsible for converting all of Remploy's key communications including company statements, briefings and updates into Easy Read. Having this information about redundancy, pensions and support available has been invaluable to employees with learning disabilities.
September 2012, Natural History Museum
Raincharm are currently converting information from digital labels to be used to inform visitors at the new Treasures gallery opening towards the end of 2012. The exhibition features some of the hidden treasures stored at the Museum over many years now being shared once more as part of a fully accessible and inclusive experience.
August 2011, Natural History Museum - Inclusive Design Workshops
Raincharm are pleased to announce that Katie Grant has been asked once again to be part of a consultancy team attending a series of inclusive design workshops at the Natural History Museum. The findings will be incorporated into the overall accessibility of a new gallery.
July 2011, Disability Awareness for National Express
Working as an associate consultant for Radar, Katie was asked to advise on the content and accessibility of language of disability awareness training modules for National Express
Raincharm, in association with Radar, produced an instruction leaflet designed by Epigram Communications in Manchester to support customers with additional needs. You can find out more about this piece of work by going to projects.
Raincharm are pleased to continue working with RADAR helping to promote their latest series of leadership events encouraging disabled people to become leaders and have a say in what goes on in public society. To read more, please download the events programme flyer (PDF 352KB).
September 2010, BBC & GMC Easy Read commissions
Raincharm have been very busy over the summer working on a number of Easy Read documents including Equality & Diversity related pieces for the BBC and the General Medical Council. We are looking forward to working on more Easy Read projects in the future.
Raincharm are working with a small team of accessibility consultants on a new gallery for the Natural History Museum in London. The gallery is intended to be as accessible as possible. Katie will ensure that information in the gallery is easy to read and clearly displayed.
Raincharm have been working with Action for Children in Bournemouth on a range of publications aimed at young disabled people. The most recent publication due out in schools is the summer magazine which features a strong, accessible brand and easy to read text.
January 2010, Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Joint Equalities Statement - Easy Read (PDF 332KB)
Katie recently completed production of the NMC's Joint Equalities Statement - our plan about how we will treat people in a good and fair way. Produced as a fully accessible PDF document in collaboration with PWS Ltd the document features Photosymbols images, Easy Read words by Raincharm and is fully checked by Mencap.
Katie has been invited to attend The Annual General Meeting and Fortieth anniversary celebration of the Centre for Accessible Environments. The event is staged at the Tower of London. Katie has also been invited to attend the JODI Museum Awards at the V&A in December. More news on this to follow.
Want to reach new audiences? Concerned your print, web and electronic outputs aren't as easy to understand as you hoped? Designing For All is Raincharm's highly successful training course with a strong track record, written and delivered to help organisations achieve exactly this. Next course runs 8th December 2009.
Katie Grant features in the autumn edition of the Centre for Accessible Environment's leading journal, Access by Design. The article is called Accessible Information - what to create and how to do it (PDF, 397KB), and focuses on how people with learning disabilities experience Museum and Heritage sites.
Katie travelled to Worcestershire last month to facilitate a workshop on behalf of the Worcestershire Hub. The session was attended by a range of people with diverse access requirements and gave them the opportunity to say what they thought about Worcestershire Council services.
Katie is now a freelance Easy Read writer and editor for Photosymbols, one of the top image libraries and providers of Easy Read information in the UK.
Raincharm are working on a new Easy Read booklet for Remploy. The finished product will feature on the Remploy stand as part of the Special Olympics, to be held in Leicester later in July.
On Monday 22 June, Katie is speaking to a group of PhD Typography and Design students at the University of Reading. The topic for discussion is Easy Read – what is it, who is it for and how is it written and designed?
Raincharm are key stakeholders reviewing the NMC's website. Having worked closely on reviewing the public face of the site, the group are now looking at how the professional elements of the site will work. Watch this space for further updates.
Raincharm have been commissioned to oversee the design and print of the new ECDP Impact Report. Early designs are being considered but the publication looks set to be stylishly designed, easy to read and will act as a communication tool for this ground breaking user-led disability organisation.
We are working with the Council to assess the accessibility of their corporate font. Initial findings will now be tested using internal and external user groups. Watch this space for an article on accessible fonts coming soon.
Raincharm are key stakeholders reviewing the NMC's website. The results will inform the build of a new site to be launched later this year. Our next meeting is in London later this month.
Katie is now on the committee for the IDA. The association represents the information design community and is chaired by Rob Waller, Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading.