As of 6 April 2010, we have been producing text guides to public venues for ten years and are now looking to increase the scope of this service through enrolling others in this work.
We believe the models for online text guides to transport and other public venues, including town and city centres, have been established to a point at which we can enable others to take part in this venture.
We're looking for people who have a good understanding of the way finding needs of blind/vision impaired people, have a good sense of direction and good written communication skills.
Those wishing to join us would do so as self employed associates who would obtain their own funding. Describe Online could provide initial training (we believe there are sources of funding for this). Although we expect the owners of public venues to fund improvements to the accessibility of their premises, it may be necessary to obtain commercial sponsorship. We would, therefore allow text guides to include some advertisement and publicity material. Publication of such material would not constitute endorsement of any product or service by Describe Online, nor would we accept any responsibility for any claim made.
We would expect associates to provide material inline with our current standards and practices. We have published a manual for producing guides to rail stations, our site contains examples of guides to town centres and other public venues. Each associate would be responsible for the information submitted to Describe Online, we would therefore insists that each guide include the name and email address of the author in the front page of the guide.
We would charge a small fee to cover the cost of including and maintaining others' material in our site.
All material should be submitted in electronic form via email, ideally as HTML documents coded inline with our current standards and practices, though text and Word documents could be accepted subject to suitable agreement.
Describe Online assumes the right to refuse any contribution it deems unsuitable for inclusion in our site.
If you'd like to discuss this possibility further,please email:
or telephone +44 (0) 141 423 2683.
© 2010 Terry Robinson