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How can we promote understanding of inclusion among staff?

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. training in inclusive practices one of the key barriers preventing people with a disability from participating in the arts is lack of disability awareness – staff not knowing what to do, or how to go about the business of including people with a disability. one way to overcome this is barrier is through training. disability awareness training of staff at arts organisations or venues is a proven and effective strategy to: strategically support inclusion of people with a disability, and, build the capacity of staff to confidently engage with people with a disability. expert training can support arts organisations incorporate inclusive practice across all aspects of its business, including: governance (board members, executive management and directors) funding business and strategic planning employment and training marketing artistic expression service delivery program development. navigation adapt - the arts disability action plan training project top tips and practical resources disability arts and disability disability action plans - planning and actions what does a disability action plan look like? what areas should we include in the plan? why does our organisation need a disability action plan? what are the benefits for our organisation? how can we promote understanding of inclusion among staff?   feedback: feedback on the adapt resource is welcome, please email us document item disability action plan training copyright state of victoria 2010 arts victoria victoria

What are the benefits for our organisation?

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. one role of the arts has always been to question, challenge and open new perceptions. artists with disability are often cutting edge, approaching their work and practice in creative and innovative ways. frida kahlo is a prime example. the creative potential of accessible and inclusive arts practice will open new opportunities and challenges, with the potential to expand all art forms. arts organisations embracing inclusive practices have identified the following benefits of these practices: universal access makes for ease of access for everyone. buildings are easier to enter, to move around and to find one’s way around. signage is clearer and easier to see. captions make dialogue and lyrics more available to those whose hearing isn’t as sharp as it used to be, as well as to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. good access is good business. universal access creates a safer environment, less prone to causing sometimes costly and distressing accidents, such as falls. the ageing population, great patrons of the arts, often have reduced mobility and diminished eyesight and hearing. access provisions cater better to their needs. parents with children and pushers and young children fare better in a universally accessible environment. people with disability, often unused to being well catered for, are an untapped market. they form almost 20% of the australian population. they are likely to increase patronage of the arts once access improvements are better known and better publicised. people with disability go out to events with their family and friends. thus, this is a much broader potential market that the 20% of the population who have a disability arts staff report a sense of fulfilment in their job, knowing that they are catering to people who often suffer exclusion. they have a sense of ‘doing something worthwhile’. australian arts organisations become leaders and models of innovative and best practice on a par with the most advanced overseas venues and companies. (see also the research section).  there are worthwhile opportunities for overseas research and professional development in this field. for an example of an overseas arts organisation that has an impressive and comprehensive record of inclusion, see the  accessibility section of the website of the john f kennedy center for the performing arts in washington dc. ( view the sign-interpreted version of that link here )   the kennedy centre  also hosts a network of usa arts organisations which are strong supporters and innovators in inclusion this website provides a link to a pdf booklet on  access information for arts administrators from the american national endowment for the arts (nea) navigation adapt - the arts disability action plan training project top tips and practical resources disability arts and disability disability action plans - planning and actions   what does a disability action plan look like?   what areas should we include in the plan? why does our organisation need a disability action plan? what are the benefits for our organisation? how can we promote understanding of inclusion among staff?   feedback: feedback on the adapt resource is welcome, please email us document item disability action plan training copyright state of victoria 2010 arts victoria victoria

What does a disability action plan look like?

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. one of the most common outcomes of legislation to ensure equality for people with a disability, both internationally and within australia, is the proliferation of disability action plans (daps) in government, in for profit and not-for-profit organisations, and in the community sector. disability action plans are an effective strategy to increase the participation of people with a disability in arts and cultural life. many arts and cultural organisations have already developed disability action plans. the human rights and equal opportunity commission (hreoc) of australia has information on how to structure a disability action plan. the human rights and equal opportunity commission website is also where a number of different disability action plans registered with the commission, can be viewed.  visit the human rights and equal opportunity commission website. these disability action plans come from a range of sectors, and provide a good point of comparison to externally review your own organisation’s dap in light of innovation and practice in other industries. the human rights and equal opportunity commission also has a specific section on disability action plans in the arts and entertainment industry . for further information: what is a disability action plan? a practical resource can be found in the ‘ resources ’. information from the victorian office for disability on how to compile a disability action plan . disability access action plan checklist. the arts council england has published this clearly laid out checklist covering key aspects for an effective plan, including evaluation and follow-up. download the checklist here (pdf 65kb). navigation adapt - the arts disability action plan training project top tips and practical resources disability arts and disability disability action plans - planning and actions what does a disability action plan look like? what areas should we include in the plan? why does our organisation need a disability action plan? what are the benefits for our organisation? how can we promote understanding of inclusion among staff?   feedback: feedback on the adapt resource is welcome, please email us document item disability action plan training copyright state of victoria 2010 arts victoria victoria

Disability Action Plans - Planning and Actions

this section of the adapt resource gets in depth on all of the details you need to get your disiability action plan working smoothly. this section of the adapt resource gets in depth on all of the details you need to get your disiability action plan working smoothly. what does a disability action plan look like? disability action plans are an effective strategy to increase the participation of people with a disability in arts and cultural life find out more >> what areas should we include in the plan? the victorian disability act 2006 identifies four outcome areas to effect positive change for people with disability find out what you should include >> why does our organisation need a disability action plan? in 1948, the united nations adopted the universal declaration of human rights, enshrining in that document the right for all individuals to participate in the arts find out more >> what are the benefits for our organisation? arts organisations embracing inclusive practices have identified numerous benefits of inclusive practices find out more >> how can we promote understanding of inclusion among staff? one of the key barriers preventing people with a disability from participating in the arts is lack of disability awareness. find out how to address this issue >> navigation adapt - the arts disability action plan training project top tips and practical resources disability arts and disability disability action plans - planning and actions what does a disability action plan look like? what areas should we include in the plan? why does our organisation need a disability action plan? what are the benefits for our organisation? how can we promote understanding of inclusion among staff?   feedback: feedback on the adapt resource is welcome, please email us document item disability action plan copyright state of victoria 2012 state government victoria victoria

Disability

in this section you can find out more about disability in general as well as some of the historical context which has led us to this point. in this section you can find out more about disability in general as well as some of the historical context which has led us to this point. what is disability? the term 'disability' refers to any permanent or temporary condition which affects a person's bodily or mental function. find out more >> setting the scene for disability inclusion knowing a little of the history of disability gives valuable background to current disability policy, and helps put disability action planning into context. find out more >> navigation adapt - the arts disability action plan training project top tips and practical resources disability what is disability? setting the scene for disability inclusion arts and disability disability action plans - planning and actions   feedback: feedback on the adapt resource is welcome, please email us document item disability action planning copyright state of victoria 2010 arts victoria victoria

Arts and Disability

in this section you can find out more about art and disability, why it is important to be inclusive and some of the commitments that have been made to ensure this happens. in this section you can find out more about art and disability, why it is important to be inclusive and some information, including facts and figures and clips featuring current practice, that will provide a better understanding of inclusive arts practice. inclusion - participation of people with disability in arts and cultural life the arts are a continuous conversation about our values and our world, and everyone should have the opportunity to contribute find out more >> art and disbaility art and disability is an umbrella term for the emerging creative industries made up of people with disabilities and allies utilising the broadest range of art forms find out more >> building inclusive arts and cultural organisations through disability action plans arts victoria has committed to identifying gaps and strategies to address barriers to accessing arts and culture for people with disabilities in victoria. find out more >> inclusive arts practice - rights and obligations? all arts and cultural organisations must comply with various federal and state legislation that requires them to ensure people with disability can participate and realise their aspirations to be involved in arts and cultural life. find out more >>  navigation adapt - the arts disability action plan training project top tips and practical resources disability arts and disability inclusion - participation of people with disability in arts and cultural life art and disability building inclusive arts and cultural organisations through disability action plans inclusive arts practice - rights and obligations? disability action plans - planning and actions   feedback: feedback on the adapt resource is welcome, please email us document item disability action planning copyright state of victoria 2010 arts victoria victoria

Getting There - AUSLAN

auslan interpretation of how to get to arts victoria the video embedded above is the auslan translation detailing how to get to the arts victoria offices. for more information on accessibility on our website, please see the website accessiblity statement and disability action plan pages. for contact information, please go to our contact us page. document item video copyright state of victoria 2013 state of victoria 2013 victoria

Victorian Cultural Network

the victorian cultural network is a collaborative partnership between five of the state-owned arts agencies the victorian cultural network (vcn) provides public access to victorian cultural content enabling organisations to make their collection, research and other information more readily available. the victorian cultural network is a collaborative partnership between five of the state-owned arts agencies: arts centre melbourne , australian centre for the moving image , museum victoria , national gallery of victoria and state library of victoria . the public face of the vcn is culture victoria which breaks new ground delivering broad and diverse access to the digital collections of all the vcn partners and a range of metropolitan and regional organisations through a single website. with a wealth of previously unseen digitised material, culture victoria aims to deliver access to victorian cultural collections through: - stories that showcase the richness and diversity of victoria - a collections search across websites and databases of victorian collecting organisations - information on over 700 places in victoria that hold publicly accessible collections the vcn also have a number of culture victoria content partners, including: birds australia burke and wills environmental expedition caulfield rsl central goldfields shire city of greater geelong craft victoria koorie heritage trust public record office victoria rural city of wangaratta the university of melbourne   document item document copyright state of victoria 2013 state of victoria victoria

Inclusive arts practice – Rights and obligations

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. all arts and cultural organisations must comply with various federal and state legislation that requires them to ensure people with disability can participate and realise their aspirations to be involved in arts and cultural life. it is important that board members, staff, and volunteers understand what their obligations are and what this means for them. a strategic plan (or disability action plan, human resource plan, etc.) and annual report are two ways that the rights and obligations regarding disability inclusion can be explained and communicated. this will ensure that human rights and legislation shapes all activity within your organisation. a human right the united nations conventions on the rights of persons with disabilities victorian charter of human rights and responsibilities arts participation and the law australian disability discrimination act 1992 (dda) equal opportunity act 1995 victorian disability act 2006 policy the national arts and disability strategy national disability strategy navigation adapt - the arts disability action plan training project top tips and practical resources disability arts and disability inclusion - participation of people with disability in arts and cultural life art and disability building inclusive arts and cultural organisations through disability action plans inclusive arts practice - rights and obligations? disability action plans - planning and actions   feedback: feedback on the adapt resource is welcome, please email us document item arts disability action plan training copyright state of victoria 2013 arts victoria victoria

Building inclusive arts and cultural organisations through Disability Action Plans

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. navigation adapt - the arts disability action plan training project top tips and practical resources disability arts and disability inclusion - participation of people with disability in arts and cultural life art and disability building inclusive arts and cultural organisations through disability action plans inclusive arts practice - rights and obligations? disability action plans - planning and actions   feedback: feedback on the adapt resource is welcome, please email us document item disability action planning copyright state of victoria 2011 arts victoria victoria