It’s with great pleasure to announce that we have been awarded  £25,000 from the Arts Council’s Digital Content Development Programme for our OLILI project.

We are working in partnership with The Workshop in Sheffield to develop multi-level platform  that enables disabled people to seek out Disability access information (in real time) and add their own commentary and listings including reviews, pictures, audio and videos.

This will change the way that companies present their access information and engage with their Disabled customers and their families.

With 1 in 3 of the population either being Disabled or knowing a Disabled person it is long over due.

OLILI will be piloted in the WM and the platform will be launched for beta testing in January 2011.

We are initially focusing on cultural events, venues and festivals with a national roll out for all services from April 2011.

The first stage includes detailed research with disabled people and their families and arts and cultural organisations across the West Midlands working with Audiences Central and Black Country Touring.

OLILI meets a real gap to information that Disabled people need to attend events. Every website presents their information in a different way some use symbols other’s don’t.

Also, unlike websites that list access information OLILI will offer accurate listings in an easy to find and searchable format and designed for maximum portability, functionality and of course accessibility.

Any company will be able to use OLILI on their own website alongside specific events or venue information -whether you are a company, a venue, art gallery, theatre or arts organisation, pub, shop, department store, supermarket, school, college, football ground etc.

It has great implications on how businesses meet their responsibilities to their Disabled people and provides a new way of engaging with Disabled customers. With the Disability economy worth £80 Billion it makes sense to engage us.

From September 2011 we will be beginning by researching exactly what happens when Disabled people want to go out socially, book and attend events. How was it for them – a great experience or a huge let down? From an access point of view – did the induction loops work? How was the audio described performance?

Working with Black Country Touring we will document every moment using WORKING PARTS which has a website interface very similar to Facebook.