disabled artists

The results of the online accessibility survey are in, and we’d like to invite you to join our (beta) experiment over on Microsoft Teams!

Because it is possible to personalise and re-calibrate accessibility features in Teams so much, we have decided to trial the group using this software first. Having an ongoing, always-there, safe chatroom and noticeboard seems a good way to ease us all into regular online communication that suits you personally and exists on your own terms. There is no pressure to download it as it can be used in browser, in your own time.

Wait, what did I miss?

Nice Time is going to attempt to host a safe and regularly available space online, through which we can later organise workshops and video meet-ups, depending on how people feel about these.

We’re still accepting responses to the Online & Accessible Survey 2020, so if you haven’t already, please head over there and tell us your thoughts.

Using Microsoft Teams

You can access and use Teams both through your web browser and/or through the Teams app, which is available for Microsoft, iOs, Apple, Android and even Linux. You do not have to download the app – feel free to ignore the shiny attractive purple button it offers you, and click the calm, grey ‘use on web browser’ button to its right.

I recommend waiting until I’ve emailed you the link to the group before signing up if you haven’t already, because that way it takes you through step by step into our group. If you want to set up beforehand, you can access the website here: https://teams.microsoft.com/

We’ve set up a ‘Group’ or ‘Organisation’ in Teams, called Indoor Explorers which you can join by by filling in the contact form below.

Alternatively you can email ellie@nice-time.co.uk with your email address, name, age and whether or not you’ve been involved with Pen Fight, Nice Time Arts or Still Ill OK before, either online or in person.

Firstly, we hope that you and those close to you are as well as can be during this very difficult time. Disabled and chronically ill people are disproportionately affected by new viruses, and as the media has made us painfully aware, this is sadly no different with the current coronavirus.

Unsurprisingly, we have no live events scheduled yet for this year in alignment with government guidelines and for the sake of everyone’s physical health. Well, that’s the sad bit of news out of the way, so bring on the good news and let’s end this post on a high!

Online & Accessible

We are really keen to continue to offer some form of creative social support throughout this time, as this is a very difficult time during which socialising and creative distraction could not be more important.

So, we are currently organising an online Spoonie Artists hangout to take place later in April/early May, and are looking into other ways of keeping our community going online in a safe and accessible manner. This might include blog posts with suggested DIY arts & crafts activities, inputs from our Zine Club, video tutorials, a private discussion forum on our website or quite simply a wider range of accessible ways to hang out online/at a distance.

If there is anything in particular that sounds fabulous to you in the above, please do not hesitate to get in touch either via email: ellie@nice-time.co.uk or via mobile: 07539371070 [text only].

What works best for you?

If you are able to, we would really appreciate it if you could fill in and share this short survey that we have put together.

It can be filled in directly below, where it is embedded into the page, or alternatively you can be emailed a link, a large-print Word document, or posted a printed copy with a prepaid return envelope. Just get in touch with us via one of the usual ways; ellie@nice-time.co.uk or text 07539371070