The Jodi Awards are offered in memory of Jodi Mattes and were first given in 2003 – the European Year of Disabled People. The Awards are for museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage venues which use digital technology to widen access to information, collections, learning and creativity for disabled people. Nominations for projects and services by disability organisations which focus around museum, library and archive collections are also welcomed.
Eligible projects can be low or hi-tech and for small or large audiences, and must have been carried out between 2012 and 2015. Evidence of evaluation will be a requirement of entry, so if this phase of the project has not yet been completed applicants are encouraged to defer to the next biannual Jodi Awards in 2017.
Winners will be announced at a high profile event, and all shortlisted applicants will receive feedback in the form of a small consultancy report in return for their time and engagement.
A previous winner of the award, Deborah Evans of ‘Outside in Pathways’ said:
“The Jodi Award has meant we have had a great deal of subsequent interest from outside of our organisation. We now have funding promised from the Raynes Foundation and the Arts Council. Other organisations became interested in what we are doing, including the Wellcome Trust, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Science Museum. We are currently co-curating an exhibition with the Science Museum’s curator of psychological artefacts.”
While each project will be assessed on its own merit, the following factors will be considered:
- Organisational commitment to disability equality.
- Involvement of disabled people in the planning, designing, creating and testing of products or services.
- Adhesion to inclusive design principles.
- Outcomes, including the quality of finished products or services, key benefits and user endorsements.
- Level of in-built sustainability and/or growth.
- Inspirational value and potential impact
Application forms are available to download from the Jodi Award’s website: http://www.jodiawards.org.uk/home and should be returned by close of business on Monday 12 January 2015.
Source: Jodi Awards, 11/12/2014