Access Policy

Access Policy

Spread the Word is London’s writer development agency, helping London’s writers make their mark on the page, the screen and in the world. We have an Access Policy to highlight our commitment to disabled writers, their families, friends and carers.

Our commitments include:

  • All venues in which we run our workshops and events are fully accessible. Our major events are BSL interpreted and we will strive to ensure other access needs are met if requested;

  • All disabled writers are entitled to bring a free carer with them to our events;

  • Our video/ audio interviews will have subtitling or transcripts available for our HOH / Deaf audience to access;

  • Providing adapted handouts for our workshops and events by request;

  • Ensuring that disabled writers are able to enter our annual prizes and competitions. Video and audio submissions are welcome alongside / instead of written applications – please contact us if you’d like to enter a Prize or opportunity in alternative formats and we’ll try and sort it for you;

  • Increasing opportunities for disabled writers. Our development scheme, the London Writers Awards is for London-based writers of colour and working class, LGBTQ+ and disabled writers and provides bursaries and an access fund;

  • Championing schemes that provide opportunities that are accessible to or specifically for disabled writers;

  • Supporting disabled writers we work with in honouring their access documents, or to support them to create their own. There is information about access documents here: https://www.accessdocsforartists.com/

  • Ensuring our team receive regular disability and mental health training and regularly review our access offer.

We know that we don’t have all the answers, which is why we would value your feedback on how we can ensure writers feel welcome at our events, workshops and feel able to work with us. With your input, and by openly communicating with disabled people and their friends, families and carers, we can get a better idea of your needs and how best we can facilitate access to our programme.

Please get in touch with us if you have any thoughts or if you need additional support to access Spread the Word’s services.

Contact information

Email: hello@spreadtheword.org.uk

Phone: 020 8692 0231 ext 249