the arts disability action plan training (adapt) project is an exciting and innovative approach to increasing the participation of people with disability in arts and cultural life in victoria. the victorian government is committed to the cultural participation of all victorians. to this end, arts victoria has committed to identifying gaps and strategies to address barriers to accessing arts and culture for people with disabilities in victoria.
arts victoria and the victorian arts institutions have developed and are implementing disability action plans (daps) resulting in real change across the sector. examples of this positive impact are reflected in the 2011 report on the 2011 report on the national arts and disability strategy (pdf 333kb).
arts victoria’s disability action plan reflects arts victoria's commitment to ensuring that its policies, programs and services are accessible and responsive to the needs of people with disabilities.
access all areas
in december 2009, arts victoria released its publication access all areas: disability action planning in the arts ( disability action plan 2009-2013 ) which includes a commitment to ensuring the development of disability action plans by arts organisations in receipt of recurrent funding from arts victoria through the following actions:
facilitate workshops in access / disability action planning (including governance) for arts victoria recurrently funded organisations.
include access measures in arts victoria agreements with recurrently funded organisations.
the publication access all areas is a summary of arts victoria’s disability action plan 2009-2013 and may be read by organisations to assist them understand the importance of access to the arts for all victorians. find out more about arts victoria's disability action plan .
picture this research
in may 2010, a literature review and analysis and community consultation report were released under the title of picture this: increasing the cultural participation of people with a disability in victoria . these research reports, commissioned by the office for disability, in partnership with arts victoria and the department of human services disability services division, outlined the key findings of stage one (literature review and analysis) and stage two (community consultation) of the picture this research project which was undertaken in 2008-9.
in this research, disability action plans were identified as an effective tool for change, particularly if these plans were meaningful to organisations (useful, practical and able to be implemented) and outward looking, that is focussing on both:
external strategies for promoting and increasing social inclusion and participation people with a disability (e.g. improving artistic development opportunities for australian artists with a disability and implementing strategies for raising community awareness and changing community attitudes through audience development); and
internal organisational improvements (e.g. increasing the employment of people with a disability within the organisation, removing physical barriers to facilities and improving customer service).
find out more about the picture this reports .
the national arts and disability strategy
in july 2008, the federal government ratified the 2006 un convention on the rights of persons with disabilities. in 2009, the cultural ministers council (cmc), representing the arts ministers of the commonwealth and all state and territory jurisdictions released the national arts and disability strategy.
under this strategy, governments have agreed to work together to improve the opportunities and choices people with a disability have to engage with, and participate in, the arts. the development of disability action plans by australian arts and cultural organisations is identified as a priority in the strategy:
(2) support arts and cultural organisations and venues to develop disability action plans (daps) tailored to each organisation’s operating environment.
victoria has been active in the deliberations of the cultural ministers council working group on the strategy, supporting community consultation in the victoria and contributing resources and information to the drafting of the national strategy. as such, the strategy reflects experiences in victoria with many of the actions addressing issues identified through the victorian picture this research project and aligning to those actions identified in arts victoria’ s disability action plan 2009-2013 access all areas, arts victoria is committed to the implementation of the goals, strategies and priority projects identified in the national arts and disability strategy and will utilise opportunities to promote the plan including at the launch of the disability action plans created by arts victoria and victorian arts portfolio agencies.
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