Checklists can be used to evaluate how accessible your premises and services are. A do-it-yourself survey may not be as valuable as a survey by a professional, but it can be of great help. Pay attention to the scope of the audit: Does it cover the physical environment and communications, as well as the services and products that you offer.
The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) in England provides tools for evaluating accessibility. MLA's web pages offer eg. the following tools under the headline "Helping to make your services and institutions more accessible"
- Access for all Toolkit (PDF), which enables inclusion in museums, libraries and archives.
- Disability Checklist, which is an easy to use checklist to identify existing good practice and areas for improvement.
- Disability Portfolio, which is a collection of 12 guides on how best to meet the needs of disabled people as users and staff in museums, archives and libraries. It gives invaluable advice, information and guidance to help overcome barriers and follow good practice.
- Cultural Diversity Checklist (PDF), which is an easy to use checklist to identify existing good practice and areas for improvement.
- Revisiting Collections Toolkit, which is a toolkit for the capture of information to enhance the meaning and significance of museum collections for new and culturally diverse audiences.