The Arts & Disability Equality Charter was established by disabled and D/deaf people to consider what true accessibility and inclusion to the arts might look and feel like. For over 10 years the Charter framework has been run in partnership with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, being used as a management tool to recognise good practice in disability access and equality across the arts sector in Northern Ireland.

Working with key stakeholders, including former Award recipients, the structure has undergone significant change to improve the process and usability for applicants yet sustain the robust assessment of good practice within venues, organisations and arts projects.

The framework considers access to the arts across Built Environment, Workplace Diversity, Policy & Engagement, and Stakeholder Development.

The initial self assessment can be used independently, or as part of the University of Atypical mentoring programme encouraging Charter venues to stretch a little to reach new audiences of D/deaf and disabled people. The process enables applicants to consider what is already in place and helps devise an action plan to make things even better.

The Arts and Disability Equality Charter’s unique aspects of usability testing by D/deaf and disabled assessors ensuring the award recognition and impact reflects real life access requirements and lived experience.

The new rolling programme of engagement enables applicant organisations to progress multiple levels from foundation to platinum depending upon the standard of access attained.

To find out more on the Arts and Disability Equality Charter Contact

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