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Content Policy

We Can Access Blogs

Are you interested in writing a blog for We Can Access? Please look at the guidelines and terms and conditions below:

How to write your blog:

  1. Posts should be roughly between 500-1000 words
  2. Please don’t use too much jargon or technical language. If you must use it, please explain it!
  3. Provide a short biography (50-100 words) about yourself
  4. Provide a picture of you, or an image that represents you.

What to write

 We Can Access aims to create a shift in attitudes by showing how accessibility and inclusivity is good for the health of individuals, society and the economy. We want people to find something positive they can take away with them, so your blog needs to have a positive message. It can be something practical, a change in approach, a change in attitude, or a drop of inspiration.

The sorts of things we are looking for are:

  1. A positive experience of access and inclusion. It could be something you or your organisation is doing successfully or something good you have been the recipient of or personally witnessed.
  2. Ways in which being inclusive have been good for your business. Have you seen your profits increase and/or your reputation improve? What have you done to build on your initial success?
  3. What tips do you have for people who want to improve access to their facility, activity or service?
  4. Any ideas you may have for people who don’t have the same access issues as you. What physical adaptations are needed if organising a party or conference, for example? Are there any ways you would prefer to be spoken to or approached?
  5. Is there a particular attitude/ ethos that you or someone else has adopted that has proved particularly beneficial.
  6. Who has inspired you to approach things differently? Is there a person who made you feel more included and what was it they did or said to make you feel this way?

These are just suggestions and we are looking forward to seeing what you come up with. Most importantly, we want you to enjoy writing your blog and see your personality shining through.

We will NOT publish:

  1.  Complaints about specific people, businesses or services.
  2. A demand for change from a specific organisation or person.
  3. Negative experiences with no positive message.
  4. Lots of technical or medical jargon.

Please submit your blog  to emma@wecanaccess.com.

By submitting your blog you are also agreeing to the t&cs laid out below:

WE CAN ACCESS Blog and policy – Disclaimer and Terms & conditions

The We Can Access Blog contains the personal opinions of the writers and these do not necessarily represent those of the We Can Access, unless otherwise stated.

We Can Access cannot guarantee the accuracy of content contained in individual posts, or that the material on the blog is kept up to date, though, we endeavour to collaborate with the writers to make sure that they update their posts content as soon as required. The post writers must not include any kind of assumptions, incorrect or misleading information about a service or product they write about. If referring to any reports, they must be officially approved reports and cited in a proper manner (ie Oxford referencing) at the bottom of each article.

Comments

Your comments are welcomed but in order to encourage a lively discussion please be constructive, fair and respectful of others. Under no circumstances

is aggressive, abusive or intolerant language relating to any aspect of culture, disability, ethnic group, gender, religion or sex permitted.  Any comment which is against our rules will be removed and the person will get a warning, depending on severity of the breach. Three warnings within 3 months will lead to removing the member from the platform and banned for a year. However, if the commenter leaves a malicious post against anyone, it will be removed immediately without any warning and the commenter banned for life.

You are personally responsible for what you post on our blog page. So, any other potential action against you is outside of our control.

We use https://www.webpurify.com/profanity-filter/ to filter the content of the website.

 

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All comments will be moderated before being published on our blog.

We reserve the right not to publish any comments that we consider inappropriate for the blog.

We reserve the right to change these terms and conditions at any time in the future.

If you have any questions about the above, please contact us at: emma@wecanaccess.com

External website links

We Can Access is not responsible for the content of other websites that you may access via links from content on this site (www.wecanaccess.com). We suggest that you comply with any copyright restrictions applicable to material downloaded from websites accessed from our site.

You enter websites/links at your own risk. We Can Access does not have any power to control external websites/links.

We Can Access tries to maintain up-to-date links to other relevant websites but is not responsible for the accuracy of these links, which may change without our knowledge. If you find errors in any link on this website, please contact us at the address below. We Can Access will endeavour to promptly remove the link.

We are usually pleased for individuals to create links to this site. However, please check with our office before creating any reciprocal links. We regret that we are unable to grant permission for linking with any site that contains content that does not comply with the standards and principles of We Can Access.

Privacy and personal data

For information relating to We Can Access and collection of data please see the privacy statement on our website: https://www.wecanaccess.com/privacy 

CONTRIBUTOR’S GUIDELINES

About the We Can Access blog (http://www.wecanaccess.com)


We Can Access aims to provide an online platform where people with needs, their carers and professionals can share, discuss and trade. This information strategy and wider social media activities will enable people from moving stories to improved care. Our contributors’ editorial board ensures that we deliver a robust, timely and supportive reviewing process enabling us to publish good quality, topical content very quickly that may be of interest to anyone interested or involved in improvements for people with needs and their carers and families.

We publish just one article, or ‘post’, a week – ideal for busy people and to allow time for ongoing debate between each post. The blog is interlinked with the We Can Access main website (www.wecanaccess.com), and our Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram pages.

 

Who reads the We Can Access blog?

The blog reaches an UK audience of mostly parents, carers and health and social care practitioners, academics, researchers and advocacy consultants across a variety of disabilities (hidden and physical).   

Who contributes to the We Can Access blog?

Contributors include parents, researchers, academics, affected individuals, health and social care practitioners, advocacy consultants. While the UK remains the principle source of contributed posts, there is still a wide geographical spread of contributions from the USA.

You may want to submit a post of your own, or simply to comment on someone else’s post, but whatever you choose to do please join in. All we ask is that in order to encourage a lively and constructive discussion, your comments should be fair and respectful of others. Under no circumstances inappropriate language or images to be posted. The definition of inappropriate can be found at the bottom of the blog disclaimer

What do you publish on the blog?

We Can Access aims to create a shift in attitudes by showing how accessibility and inclusivity is good for the health of individuals, society and the economy.

We want people to find something positive they can take away with them, so your blog needs to have a positive message. It can be something practical, a change in approach, a change in attitude, or a drop of inspiration.

Please see our guidance for bloggers above for a more detailed explanation and suggestions or email emma@wecanaccess.com

 What about editorial control?

While we encourage personal views and opinions on topical issues about care, as a guiding principle we insist that content conforms to the mission and ethical standards upheld by We Can Access and we therefore reserve the right to refuse any contribution that contravenes these principles. Language should be fair and respectful, and we ask you to avoid targeting the professional performance of identifiable individuals, teams or specific services.

Verify any references you cite. Please keep references to a maximum of two. Use Oxford bibliography style. For more information visit: http://www.citethisforme.com/uk/styles/oxford-referencing-generator

 

Blogs that will not be published include:

  1. Posts that are in any way slanderous, malicious or offensive.
  2. Complaints about specific people, businesses or services.
  3. A demand for change from a specific organisation or person
  4. Posts that contain any reference to the pros and cons of any medical treatment.  
  5. Posts that make medical claims that are not verified by peer-reviewed academic studies.
  6. Sometimes we may reject a contribution because it is not sufficiently topical or personal, but we will always discuss this with you so that you can re-submit a revised version.

 

Images: if you provide an image make sure that YOU have copyrights. Under no circumstances should violent, pornographic, erotic and abusive or discriminatory pictures be attached to any posts. If you have other people in the picture, make sure you have their consent to share their pictures online. The pictures should be small, no more than 27KB.

 

Please see our guidance for bloggers for more information about what we do and do not publish – available from www.wecanaccess.com/content or email emma@wecanaccess.com.

 

How can I access the We Can Access blog?

 

  • Access the blog via the We Can Access website (www.wecanaccess.com)  

 

Who manages the blog and contact details?

 

Please send your post to the editor at emma@wecanaccess.com You are welcome to contact her, or other members of the team if you would like to discuss potential ideas before submitting your contribution.

Contact details:

Email: emma@wecanaccess.com

Tweet: @emmawecanaccess

 

Terms & Conditions Blog Contributors

  1. You shall be legally bound by these terms when We Can Access sends you a countersigned form. You must read the general terms and conditions with the Contributors Guide listed above on pages 1-4. You are advised to print off and keep a paper copy of these terms.
  2. You must follow the guide to editorial posts.
  3. You shall notify emma@wecanaccess.com if facts in your blog become out of date.
  4. If you make a comment to another person’s post please make sure that you are fair, respectful and do not post inappropriate images.
  5. You shall not have, and shall not hold yourself out as having, any authority to incur any expenditure in We Can Access’s name or otherwise enter into arrangements that would be binding on We Can Access.
  6. You hereby grant to We Can Access the right to publish a photograph of you – We Can Access is trying to create a personal and real space to communicate and we all like to know who we are talking to!

Uploading Content

  1. All blog content has to be submitted to We Can Access who will approve it before it is uploaded.
  2. If you would like your blog removed for any reason, please contact emma@wecanaccess.com.
  3. Do Not use any third-party material, including but not limited to pictures, without appropriate consents and permissions; and
  4. Should You come to believe that any part of Your Blog (including content to which You are linking) might attract legal concerns or any other blog content you must contact us as soon as possible: emma@wecanaccess.com
  5. You grant We Can Access for the period of copyright (and all extensions, revivals, reversions and renewals thereof) the exclusive and worldwide right to use your blog in our future editorial materials in a digital or book/magazine form.
  6. Your Blog is subject to the Moral Rights provisions of the UK Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 as amended from time to time. By way of example, these provisions grant to We Can Access the absolute right to edit and amend your blog including associated material such as headlines and other page features. Notwithstanding these provisions, We Can Access endeavours to assert on behalf of its contributors their right to be identified as the author of their work. We Can Access further endeavours to consult with you regarding alterations and amendments to your blog subject to your acceptance that in the event of any disagreement on editorial matters relating to your blog after such consultation then the decision of We Can Access shall prevail.

Payments:

  1. If you wish to advertise any commercial services or products through our website/links/blog posts, you must ask for a permission to do so. Some content is chargeable – please contact: emma@wecanaccess.com
  2. We Can Access reserve its right to charge a fee for advertising opportunities which may be reviewed and increased or decreased. Different services and products may have a different fees, please contact: emma@wecanaccess.com for more details.
  3. We Can Access shall be responsible for selling advertising on the Blog Page and is therefore, entitled to an advertisement fee. Please contact Emma Bara for more details, email: emma@wecanccess.com
  4. We Can Access reserves the right to grant any discounts to advertisers for network advertisements and for setting the rates for any other advertisements

Warranties and Liabilities:

  1. You hereby represent, warrant and undertake that:
  2. You shall not at any time do anything to bring We Can Access brands, trademarks or reputation into disrepute; and
  3. You are entitled to enter into this Agreement and You are not bound by any third party restriction not to do so, including, but not limited to, the right and authority to license the intellectual property rights in and the use of Your Blog on the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement; and
  4. Your Blog shall be original and not copied wholly or substantially from any other source, nor contain defamatory statements nor otherwise breach the privacy, confidentiality or other statutory or common law rights of any third-party;
  5. If you a professional blog writer You shall observe the highest ethical standards in providing Your Blog under this Agreement as part of which You shall be expected to abide by the Press Complaints Commission’s Editor’s Code of Practice; Please see the link to: https://www.ipso.co.uk/editors-code-of-practice/ If you are an individual who is not a professional blog writer it is good practice to familiarise yourself with the above-mentioned code of practice as We Can Access aims to deliver a high quality service to the community.
  6. Should you receive any complaints or negative responses from your blog you must notify We Can Access immediately on emma@xxx

Terms and Termination:

  1. The Agreement shall remain in full force for the six months unless terminated earlier in accordance with its provisions.
  2. Without prejudice to any of its other rights or remedies, either party shall have the right to terminate this Agreement with immediate effect at any time by giving notice in writing to the other party if:
  3. the other party commits a material breach of any of its obligations under this Agreement which is not capable of remedy.

 

Confidentiality:

  1. As required by the law of England and Wales.
  2. Under no circumstances to discuss and/or disclose any medical or personal information of any individuals in a manner for them to be identifiable by any other person or organisation.

Version 1 dated 13th August 2019.

Maddie Schumann