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Relaxed Performances and Inclusive Exhibition


Relaxed Performances & Inclusive Exhibition: Access for People on the Autism Spectrum and their families.

Roger Ideishi, Director and Professor in Occupational Therapy at Temple University, Philadelphia presented to the Dublin Access Partnership at Irish Film Institute (IFI) in March 2019.

Roger gave an introduction to autism and the various challenges that individuals and families experience when visiting arts and cultural institutions. He provided information and tips that can be applied to the design of relaxed and autism friendly programming.

For over a decade, Roger has been evaluating Arts and Cultural experiences with a focus on creating inclusive programming and welcoming spaces for people on the autism spectrum, their families and friends.

“We always try to remember that the goal is to maintain the artistic integrity of the experience, that we don’t want to create a special event for special people,” Ideishi says. “That’s not our intent, and that really is not what we’re here to do. We’re trying to create an inclusive environment that anybody can come to and experience the same thing.”

You can read more about Roger and his work here

For more information about Relaxed Performances, contact Arts & Disability Ireland on 01 8509 002 or info@adiarts.ie 

We always try to remember that the goal is to maintain the artistic integrity of the experience. We’re trying to create an inclusive environment that anybody can come to and experience the same thing.

Roger Ideishi

Audiences at a relaxed performance at the Kennedy Center, Washington

Audiences at a relaxed performance at the John F Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Washington. Photo: Scott Suchmann

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