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The ‘Why’ and ‘How’ of Accessibility in Cultural Contexts: An Access into Action Webinar Series by Arts & Disability Ireland

18 Apr 2023, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm (Past)


Webinar Recording can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5QLk5jHkmw

Arts & Disability Ireland will host an online seminar on the 18th of April at 2.30pm.

This introductory webinar on the ‘Why’ and ‘How’ of Accessibility in Cultural Contexts will give an overview of the legal and regulatory obligations that apply to arts centres, galleries, museums, festivals and night-time economy venues when implementing accessibility for people with disabilities.

Our panel of four presenters will share their expertise on practical approaches to minimising barriers to access. This will include presentations on the built environment surrounding cultural spaces, designing accessible websites and organisational access auditing in terms of facilities, programme and services, all set in the context of Irish disability, equality and human rights legislation.

Speakers will include:

  • Léa Urzel Francil, PhD researcher, ERC Project DANCING, Dept of Law & Criminology, NUI Maynooth.
  • Dr. Gerald Craddock, Chief Officer, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, National Disability Authority.
  • Eoin O’Herlihy, Managing Director, O’Herlihy Access Consultancy.
  • Dr. Donal Fitzpatrick, Senior ICT Design Advisor, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, National Disability Authority.

Biographies for the speakers can be found below.

This webinar will last for 90 minutes. Each presenter will speak for approximately 15 minutes which will be followed by a facilitated Q&A.

A Zoom link will be circulated to attendees on the 17th of April a day prior to the webinar.

ISL interpreters will be provided by Bridge Interpreting. Speech to text will be provided by MyClearText.

For details on how to book, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-why-and-how-of-accessibility-in-cultural-contexts-tickets-591363061837

If you have any questions about the session, please email: adrian@adiarts.ie

Léa Urzel Francil is a PhD researcher at the School of Law and Criminology, Maynooth University, within the remit of the DANCING research project funded by the European Research Council. Her PhD research investigates the disability dimension of cultural production in the European Union. She holds an LL.B. from the University of Nantes (France) and studied European and International Law at the University of Helsinki (Finland). In 2018, she completed an LL.M. in International and Comparative Disability Law and Policy at the University of Galway (Ireland). She carried out traineeships at the Office of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, contributing to a chapter of “The UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty” and at the NGO Humanity & Inclusion. Prior to starting her PhD studies, Léa also joined the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion in Brussels as a trainee.

Dr Gerald Craddock is the inaugural Chief Officer of the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, a statutory body established by the Irish Government in 2007. It is part of the National Disability Authority which is the lead state agency on disability in Ireland. The Centre’s key domain areas are the built environment, products and services, and information and communication technologies (ICT). The centre’s focus is on infusing universal design into educational curricula at all levels, developing standards in professional and industrial services and creating awareness of the benefits of universal design within Ireland as well as at European and International level.

Eoin O’Herlihy is a first-class graduate in Materials and Engineering Technology, and completed an Engineering Research Master’s Degree in March 2003 in the field of accessibility, universal design, workplace design, ergonomics and accessible schools. With over fourteen years of experience working as an accessibility consultant and trainer, Eoin has advised clients including the National Disability Authority, The European Commission; Dublin Castle, Cantrell and Crowley Architects; the Health Service Executive; University College Cork; The Department of Education and Skills; John Sisk and Sons; European Network for Accessible Tourism; National Standards Authority of Ireland; Microsoft; The Irish Wheelchair Association; Age Friendly Ireland; Kennedy Wilson; Dublin City Council; Henry J Lyons Architects; Dublin Institute of Technology and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.

Dr. Donal Fitzpatrick is the Senior ICT Design Advisor with the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design at the National Disability Authority in Ireland. His work focuses on the digital domain, where he contributes to policy and design efforts both nationally and internationally. He has a keen interest in inclusive education, and is actively engaged in several initiatives to embed a ‘whole systems’ approach to Universal Design in Education. Prior to joining the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, Dr Fitzpatrick worked as a faculty member of the School of Computing in Dublin City University where he conducted research into multimodal usability of user interfaces for blind and vision-impaired people.

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