Using disability consultants and trainers
All too many consultants, when asked, 'What is 2 and 2?' respond, 'What do you have in mind?' (Norman Ralph Augustine)
There is lots of information on the web about working with consultants and trainers, basically it boils down to being clear about what you want them to do and then making sure they are the right fit for your organisation.
You need to find someone you can have a real, open conversation with about what you want and need, and who will have the confidence to make their own suggestions.
A few hints below, and some sources for further info.
Get the right match
- profile – local, regional, national
Take up references
- where have they worked recently
- where was work similar to what you need
- follow them up
Have they got:
- Professional indemnity insurance
- Reports from other work you can see
- VAT registration (implications for budgeting)
Where can you find people:
- National Register of Access Consultants www.nrac.org.uk
- Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) www.mla.gov.uk
- Arts Consultants database www.arts-consultants.org.uk
- Ask DADA-South www.dada-south.org.uk
- Ask Arts Council England www.artscouncil.org.uk
- Ask other arts organisations
Now a few links for further reading: