Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg has been shortlisted for its work to improve digital access

Jodi Awards shortlist announced

Rebecca Atkinson, 08.04.2015
Digital access awards to be presented on 20 May at the British Library
Edinburgh City Libraries, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Finnish Association of the Deaf have been shortlisted for the 2015 Jodi Awards.

The awards recognise the best use of digital technology in widening access for disabled people.

Edinburgh Libraries has been shortlisted for its work using technology to improve access for people who are blind and partially-sighted.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg is shortlisted for improving access to the museum using videos and embedding accessibility features in them, including audio, audio description, sign language and closed captions.

The Finnish Association of the Deaf is shortlisted for its online library, which is open to everybody with all the materials in sign language and free of charge.  

The 2015 awards will be presented by disability campaigner Jane Campbell at the British Library in London on 20 May. The awards have been managed by by a committee of volunteers with sponsorship from Handle Recruitment.
Previous winners include MShed in Bristol in 2011 for PenFriend, an audio-labelling device, and Imperial War Museum Duxford in 2009 for an audioguide for blind and partially sighted people.

The prize was last awarded in 2013 at the Museums Association conference in Liverpool, with the audio description charity VocalEyes winning an award for its project London Beyond Sight. 

Imperial War Museum Duxford won the 2013 access planning and user engagement award for its Historic Duxford project, and the Valentin Haüy Association in France won the international award for digital access online for its Éole website.