Useful Publications

National Arts and Disability Strategy

In October 2009 the Cultural Ministers Council released the National Arts and Disability Strategy, a vision for improving access and participation in the artistic and cultural activities for people with disabilities.

The Strategy is the result of extensive consultation, including 115 submissions made in response to a discussion paper released in late 2008, targeted consultation with arts and disability peak bodies, and consultation with government agencies at all levels. The Strategy provides a framework within which jurisdictions can assess and improve existing activities. It also identifies new priority projects that could be progressed as national initiatives or by individual jurisdictions. The Cultural Ministers Council was established in the mid-1980s and brings together government ministers from Australia and New Zealand to collaborate on developing Australia’s arts and cultural sector.

The National Arts and Disability Strategy is available online at www.cmc.gov.au

Shut Out: The Experience of People with Disabilities and their Families in Australia

The report ‘Shut Out: The Experience of People with Disabilities and their Families in Australia’ was launched by the NPWDACC on 5 August 2009. The report provides detail on the key barriers and issues facing people with a disability, their families and carers and highlights the solutions offered by the submissions. To access the Report, click HERE

In March 2008, Office for Disability in partnership with Arts Victoria and Disability Services Division commenced a research project to examine ways to increase the participation of people with a disability in the arts, as artists and as audience members.
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Picture This: Increasing the cultural participation of people with a disability in Victoria

Picture This: Increasing the cultural participation of people with a disability in Victoria outlines findings of the research and the context for arts and disability in Victoria, nationally and internationally.

These reports provide a unique snapshot of a dynamic and burgeoning Victorian arts and disability sector, and also identify some of the barriers that we need to continue to work to remove. They offer ideas, suggestions and possible strategies for increasing the cultural participation of people with a disability, relevant to both government and community.

Visit the Office for Disability website to access the full report online
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Arts Victoria – Access All Areas: Disability Action Planning in the Arts

Arts Victoria’s Disability Action Plan Access All Areas: Disability Action Planning in the Arts, is a key resource for organisations that are seeking to develop their own disability action plans.

Access All Areas also outlines the policy framework for the Arts Victoria Disability Action Plan, lists the core components of the plan and demonstrates how the aims of the policy will be achieved.

Arts Victoria has also launched a series of Auslan sign language videos, which have been incorporated into the Arts Victoria site to improve accessibility for Deaf people.

The videos provide easy English translations of funding program information and Arts Victoria contact information as well as descriptions of Arts Victoria’s role and disability policies.
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Making the Journey

Making the Journey is about arts activities and people with disabilities. It offers 12 case studies as examples of approaches, issues and achievements in the Australian field of art and disability in recent years.

Download your free copy from the Australia Council website.
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Disability Fact Pack

The Disability Fact Pack examines the legal and moral obligations for arts organisations in providing access to the arts and cultural activities for people with a disability.

It includes advice on strategies for improvement and references for further ideas and action.

Download your free copy from the Australia Council website.
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Australia Council – Access All Areas: Disability Action Planning in the Arts

Access All Areas

Access All Areas

Access All Areas is a practical guide for marketing the arts to people with disabilities. It demonstrates that access makes good marketing sense for arts organisations both small and large.

Access All Areas was prepared for the Australia Council by Arts Access and Accessible Arts and also contains some information from the Arts Council of England’s Guidelines for Marketing to Disabled Audiences.

The guide describes positive steps that can be taken that benefit both the arts organisation and the disability community. Marketing to people with disabilities is about equal opportunity, equal access and the recognition that people with disabilities are valuable members of your audience. Access All Areas not only describes the legal reasons why organisations and venues must provide equal access but also shows the benefits for arts organisations and for people with disabilities.

A free download of this publication is available from the Australia Council website.

 

Access at a glance – the “Access for All” Poster

Print it out and put it on your wall! The poster incorporates important dimensions relevant to accessibility in a way that’s clear to see.

In 1981 a poster titled “Access for disabled persons” was produced to commemorate the International Year of Disabled Persons (IYDP).
A revised edition of the poster, titled “Access for All”, has been produced by the Australian Institute of Architects National Access Work Group to commemorate the 30th anniversary of IYDP and the commencement of the Premises Standards 2010. The new poster incorporates most of the current dimensions relevant to accessibility and can be downloaded for printing at the optimum A2 size or minimum A3 size.

A free download is available here of  “Access for disabled person” in (.pdf format)

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