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NEWS:  Winter 2015/16
People involved with the Charter and the Arts and Disability Forum were very clear when we asked what they thought of the draft arts strategy from the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure.  

There was so much feedback we could not get everything into the report. We picked comments that represented the feelings most people had and put them with a page of key points and sent them in to the Department. We hope they hear what you have to say.  The file is at the bottom of this page.  And here 

To Strabane to see Louise, the DerryStrabane arts access officer for the Council, and to admire the good contrast on the steps at the Alley Theatre.

Then off to Strule Arts Centre to see Matthew, the FermanaghOmagh access officer and deliver Disability Equality Training to the lovely and lovely team there.

January and February 2016 on the road.....and not a flake of snow yet :)

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What do you think?.....

If you use a wheelchair, have a speech impediment or are partially sighted, and if you can donate a few hours every so often, then we'd love you to join our team of testers. 

Testers use venues, their coffee shops and the like and fill in simply forms to report on how they found them. The feedback helps improve accessible services. The role is voluntary with all expenses covered and a small thank-you bonus. 

Find out more about the volunteer team by contacting or 07764 182 966 sms or voice.

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The Arts and Disability Equality Charter is a management tool for arts venues, arts organisations and projects.

It is a framework for describing how you have already made arts accessible and helps you devise an easy to use disability action plan to make things even better. 

Based on self assessment it can be used alone, or as part of a Charter mentoring or training programme. 

The framework considers access to the arts across five areas: Access, Employment, Policy, Participation, and Audience Development.

Completed frameworks may be sent for appraisal.

Disabled assessors who have a range of access needs, carry out our site visits, so appraisals are based on lived experience.

Appraised venues receive detailed feedback, and may receive a certificate, plaque or plaque of excellence depending upon the standard of access attained.  

The framework is free to use. There is a fee for appraisal.

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