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Dublin Access Partnership


The aim of ADI’s Access Partnership initiative is to embed a more holistic approach to accessible arts programming for audiences with disabilities.

What is the Access Partnership?
The Dublin Access Partnership is a local knowledge network that will foster awareness, education and share resources to improve accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities to the arts in Dublin.

The aim of ADI’s Access Partnership initiative is to embed a more holistic approach to accessible arts programming for audiences with disabilities.

The Access Partnership with ADI’s support, can share knowledge and resources to build a city-wide programme of accessible performances, exhibitions, screenings and events for audiences with disabilities.
The partnership will also identify supports required such as:

  • targeted training
  • seminars
  • access audits
  • website testing
  • guidance
  • action planning
  • the development of user groups.

Who?
The Access Partnership will comprise theatres, arts venues, galleries, museums and festivals in Dublin City.

As a member of the Access Partnership what is involved?

  • Attend Dublin Access Partnership Meetings
  • Commit to delivering accessible programme at your theatre, art venue, gallery, museum or festival. (An access budget)
  • Identify supports required such as targeted training, seminars, access audits, website testing, guidance, action planning and development of user groups.
  • Contribute to the development of a shared calendar of accessible programme.

What if my organisation is interested in access but cannot commit to the Access Partnership at the moment?
There is still opportunity to be involved. Supports such as training, seminars and workshops will be open to the wider arts and culture sector to attend.
ADI is working towards a LEAD conference with the Kennedy Center in 2020. There is time to have conversations within your organisation and plant seeds about access.

Dublin Access Partnership Events: 

  1. Kick off meeting, Thursday 30th August 2018 at Project Arts Centre, Dublin 2
  2. Partners in Progress: The Access Seminar – A series of talks and workshops at Project Arts Centre, Friday 23rd November, 11am – 3pm

If you would like further information about the Dublin Access Partnership, please contact Leah Johnston, ADI by email: leah@adiarts.ie or by phone: 01 8509002

fostering awareness, education and sharing resources to improve accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities to the arts

Sarah Madigan dancing Marie's hard shoe reel from the first scene of Jimmy's Hall in the Abbey Theatre to let Touch Tour audiences feel how the floorboards clatter. 

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