New Disability Action Plan launched
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has published its Disability Action Plan 2015-18 online.
The Action Plan sets out the organisation’s commitment to promoting positive attitudes towards people with disabilities and encourages participation in all aspects of the arts.
Setting out a range of action points, the Disability Action Plan aims to ensure that people with a disability have the same opportunities to avail of continued investment in the arts, including the employment of persons with a disability in the arts sector. The plan builds on measures already taken by the Arts Council to promote inclusion and access, including funding the core costs for several Arts and Disability organisations, supporting artists through the Individual Disabled/Deaf Artists grants programme and ensuring quality of access to the arts through the Arts & Disability Equality Charter
The Arts Council has detailed a series of actions to be implemented over the next three years. These include:
• Seeking to increase the number of arts activities targeting people with a disability
• Providing increased opportunities for disabled artists to access funding streams such as the Support for Individual Artists Programme
• Increasing the number of disabled people engaged in all aspects of the arts
• Promoting accessible and inclusive arts venues and programming
• Adopting new and inclusive methods for improving Arts Council communication to disabled/deaf people
Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council, commented: “The Arts Council is committed to ensuring that people with a disability have an equal chance to avail of the many benefits that come from continued investment in the arts. However research findings show that people with a disability are currently much less likely to attend arts events than people without a disability, while participation levels are also lower.
“At the Arts Council we are passionate about not only increasing access and participation opportunities, but also identifying those steps that are required to make it possible for people with disabilities to have access to a range of career paths in the arts, including production roles, roles in arts administration as well as in performance.
“The Disability Action Plan outlines the measures we will take as a Public Authority towards driving change and enabling more people living with a disability to engage in the arts.”