This guide offers some simple solutions for under resourced small to middle scale performing arts producers and makers whose work is not yet fully inclusive and accessible to disabled people.
Resources - Access
house have put together this resource for venues to self-assess their access provision for staff and patrons.
Based on the same document which we use in house, this template is for a company to better describe the access provision available for their production.
Arts Council England have created a guide to those applying for Project Grants with access needs and for those who want to make their work as accessible as possible.
This information sheet explains the types of support they can help with at the different stages of applying for a grant.
A list of simple tips for touring companies to integrate access into their tour.
20 simple ways of making your marketing more accessible.
By Jennifer Tomkins, Head of Marketing and Development, Artsadmin and Jo Verrent, Senior Producer, Unlimited
An information sheet dedicated to links and advice on receiving captioned performances at your venue. Kindly provided by STAGETEXT.
Cards for Inclusion is a card game helping those in the arts sector explore how barriers can be removed and how we all can make whatever we offer more accessible to disabled people.
Sarah Wilson, house Marketing Support Officer, has recently created a Visual Story for Farnham Maltings with the aim to engage with, and welcome, community members who have autism to the building.
A Visual Story aims to support children, young people and adults with autism, communication difficulties, other learning disabilities and those with English as a second language.
Please feel free to download this Visual Story to help you create a similar document for your venue or tour.
Leeds Playhouse have produced an excellent document on how to produce and run Dementia Friendly Performances at venues, with top tips including how to select the show you wish to adapt, how to sell the show, and how to prepare the space.
As well as becoming an accessible space for those who are D/deaf or disabled, Dementia Friendly environments mean even more audiences can enjoy the shows that take place at your venue.
A few tips with quick and easy changes to make sure your web content is accessible to all.
A document of useful advice and links on how best to promote a captioned performance.
A helpful document exploring how to better welcome people with dementia into your organisation.
This guide has been written for professionals to outline the importance of engaging people with profound and multiple learning difficulties in the arts, and to explain the steps you can take to make the experience as enjoyable and productive as possible. It also contains useful information about additional resources and support that are available.
Slavka Jovanović, Education Consultant at Crying Out Loud, has recently created a Visual Story for THESE BOOKS ARE MADE FOR WALKING, a show created by Bikes & Rabbits and supported by Crying Out Loud.
A Visual Story is a visual resource that prepares the audience for the show they are coming to see. It is a step-by-step guide to what to expect in the performance, including all the spoilers. It is normally used to prepare people for a Relaxed Performance. This is a performance that has a more relaxed attitude to noise and movement and may include some changes to the light and sound effects. Relaxed Performances have been well received by children, young people and adults with autism, communication difficulties and other learning disabilities and neurological conditions, such as Tourette’s syndrome. The Visual Story is one of several important components to creating a successful Relaxed Performance experience.
You are welcome to use this Visual Story as a guide to making your own, or contact Slavka Jovanović to create resources on your behalf. She also delivers training to artists and venues on creating and supporting Relaxed Performances. Her contact details are: Slavka.j[at]googlemail.com or 07969 442557.