The goal of AEMA is to develop an accessibility framework, which is intended to be a comprehensive and holistic system to assess and document accessibility of Adult Education Providers. A substantial outcome to achieve this is through the development of a ‘maturity matrix’, an organisational assessment tool which identifies ascending levels of achievement.

Five domains to be used in the matrix have been identified as areas which impact on disabled people in participating fully in adult education: Attitudinal, Environmental, Information and Public Relations, Technical and Didactical.

A preliminary search of national and European projects was carried out by the AEMA Network partners to establish current standards and guidelines. The focus groups aimed to identify what is working well for disabled people which may be disseminated to other services, as well as the barriers to adult education and what needs to change to improve opportunities for disabled people to participate in adult education.

The document below is a summary of the outcomes of the focus groups and desk research led by the AEMA Network partners.