EASI is a quality assurance programme supporting arts and cultural organisations meet standards in equality and access.
The 2021 engagement process takes a new learning and development approach to offer advice, guidance, training and accreditation to organisations that want to improve performance in equality and access. Some of the areas covered in the scheme are:
To recognise and promote the standard achieved; organisations will be awarded kite marked branding, a certificate and original artwork designed by a local artist.
The continuous process of improvement aims to motivate and assist organisations move along a pathway to reach and retain the highest level of achievement.
EASI complements the business case for disability equality. Assisting arts providers make practical steps to improve “accessibility” to premises, how information is conveyed and shaping attitudes and behaviours amongst those who deliver services. The scheme is based on quality assurance principles similar to programmes such as Investors in People. The EASI unique aspects of usability testing by disabled assessors will ensure award recognition and impact continue to reflect disabled peoples access requirements and lived experience