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MANLY: SOLUTIONS
Speak Up: Arts and Disabilities NSW – Manly: Solutions is specific to issues identified by Manly to Accessible Arts during community consultations in 2008. In
many cases other regional centres and towns identified the same or similar issues as Manly. The issues and solutions have been separated into the following
sections:

    1.   Arts                                      5. Communicating
    2.   Disability                                6. Education and Training
    3.   Access and Audiences                      7. Capacity Building
    4.   Connecting                                8. Implementation Plan

The below tables take ‘findings’ from the above sections and show:

    •    Reference number: issues are numbered to facilitate easy reference to specific issues and solutions
    •    Region: an indication of where this specific issue prevails, and therefore where the solution should be targeted
    •    Issue: the specific arts and disability issues/needs that comprise the finding
    •    Solution: the solutions proposed to address these issues/needs.
A ‘Key Findings’ paper has been generated from the state findings. This document and the full ‘Speak Up: Arts and Disabilities Priorities in NSW’ can be
accessed at the Accessible Arts website, www.aarts.net.au
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1. ARTS
Reference        Region                       Issue                                                       Solution
number
M226             Manly – intellectual         There is strong provision for visual arts, but there is a   Work to deliver further performance opportunities for
                 disability                   need for more school level performance opportunities.       children with disability.
M217             Manly – intellectual         There are logistical and ‘sense of place’ reasons behind    Work with local government to deliver further local events,
                 disability                   the need for further local opportunities.                   including exhibitions and performances, to enable people
                                                                                                          with disability to connect with their local community.
M39              Manly                        Children with disability are being refused entry and        Publish integrated classes in ‘Sydney’s Child’ and other
M40              Newcastle                    access to arts classes and dance schools.                   mainstream publications.
                 Sutherland Shire                                                                         Work with dance organisations, peak bodies and
                                                                                                          examination boards to identify the value of enrolling
                                                                                                          students with.
M47              Manly                        Artists with disability need support.                       Continue the Arts Development Officer role to provide
                 Blue Mountains                                                                           ongoing and meaningful advice and support for artists with
                 Sutherland Shire                                                                         disability in NSW, e.g. by assisting artists with disability to
                                                                                                          link up with arts spaces at grassroots level, and thereby
                                                                                                          also facilitating up-skilling of the information service in this
                                                                                                          respect.
M100             Manly – intellectual         School leavers with disability need support to transition   Work with disability services and schools to broker further
                 disability                   into the workplace.                                         support for students with disability who are interested in the
                                                                                                          arts and want to become engaged in further arts
                                                                                                          opportunities upon leaving school.


M101             Manly – intellectual         Many children have never had the opportunity to explore Work with schools to link children with further avenues for
                 disability                   their talent within existing school programmes and      skills development in the arts during their schooling, e.g.
                                              initiatives.                                            community courses.


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Reference        Region                       Issue                                                   Solution
number
R21              Wagga Wagga                  Many organisations coordinating arts and disability     Work in partnership with Volunteering NSW to skill up
M168             Central West                 initiatives need further assistance, but have limited   volunteers who will be able to assist in the delivery of arts
                 Goulburn                     financial capacity to pay for additional staff.         and disability initiatives.
                 Albury                       There is a need for assistance with arts practice.      Establish a pool of volunteers who are able to assist artists
                                                                                                      with disability in preparatory work such as framing and
                 Manly                                                                                hanging, and sourcing and maintenance of arts equipment.
R1               Central West                 There is a lack of venues, programmes and               Work in partnership with local communities to establish a
M99              South Coast                  opportunities in isolated areas.                        fleet of accessible mobile art schools that can travel to
                 South West                                                                           regional, remote and isolated areas to deliver outreach
                                                                                                      programmes to people with disability.
                 Dubbo
                                                                                                      For tutors of mobile art schools, identify apprentices and
                 Southern Highlands                                                                   give them on-the-job training in the delivery of arts
                 Albury                                                                               programmes so that they can take over this role in the
                 Port Macquarie                                                                       future. This could be supported by a schools programme.
                 Manly – intellectual
                 disability
                 Newcastle
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number
R2               Goulburn                     Travel time to arts opportunities presents a problem in      Explore a variety of accessible creative outreach
M98              South West                   regional communities.                                        workshops and performances, e.g. work with arts
M253             Albury                       It is difficult to engage enough carers to enable off-site   organisations (such as Bell Shakespeare Company) to
                                              activities.                                                  provide touring programmes that can be delivered to
R125             Port Macquarie                                                                            disability services and local venues.
                 Manly – intellectual         People with disability need support in developing their
                 disability                   artform and practice, particularly when they are
                                              consistently knocked back from auditions on the basis of
                 Newcastle                    their disability.
                 Blue Mountains
                 Sutherland Shire
                 Armidale
R79              North Coast                  Regional arts and disability performance events are a        Continue to showcase leading examples of arts and
M45              Manly                        strength of the north coast region.                          disability projects in NSW on the Accessible Arts web site.
                                              There is a lack of recognition for and documentation of      For example, promote arts and disability performance case
                                              strong arts and disability initiatives in NSW.               studies from the North Coast region on the web site.
                                                                                                           Include YouTube elements, allowing people to share their
                                                                                                           story.
M165             Manly                        Volunteers need the opportunity to progress to paid          Develop a fact sheet on steps that can be taken to
                 Blue Mountains               positions.                                                   progress from volunteering to gaining employment in the
                                                                                                           arts.
M113             Newcastle                    Audiences with disability are often considered, whereas      Target arts and media industries across the state with an
M163             Manly                        artists with disability are frequently forgotten.            awareness-raising campaign about engaging skilful and
M166             Blue Mountains               People with disability often experience difficulties when    talented people with disability as professional and
                                              seeking employment.                                          emerging artists, actors, CEOs, managers, box office and
                                                                                                           front-of-house staff, and volunteers.




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Reference        Region                       Issue                                                Solution
number
R19              Wagga Wagga                  There is a need for sustainable professional         Establish volunteer opportunities in the arts for people with
R20              Albury                       development pathways and equal access to             disability, providing a pathway to professional development
M164             Armidale                     employment in the arts for people with disability.   and paid employment opportunities in the arts.
                 Manly
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2. DISABILITY
Reference        Region                       Issue                                                        Solution
number
M103             Manly – intellectual         Not all people are linked to a disability organisation.      Ensure that there are open opportunities to engage in arts
                 disability                   Not all programmes should be group based.                    events, training, performances and exhibitions for people
                 Illawarra                                                                                 with disability who are not linked to an organisation.
M167             Manly                        Children with disability have little exposure to the arts.   Work with the DET and NDS to ensure that quality
                                                                                                           accessible arts activities and excursions are incorporated
                                                                                                           into school curricula, as well as into programmes for
                                                                                                           disability services and educational facilities working with
                                                                                                           children with disability.
M105             Manly – intellectual         Disability organisations need to recognise the access        Help disability organisations recognise the access needs of
                 disability                   needs of their participants.                                 their participants and address them in relation to
                                                                                                           participation in arts activities.
                                                                                                           Provide arts organisations with information on the access
                                                                                                           needs of their attendees in advance to ensure full access
                                                                                                           can be provided.




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3. ACCESS AND AUDIENCES
Reference        Region                       Issue                                                           Solution
number
M6               Manly                        ‘There is poor lighting at venues, not much parking, and        Work with arts organisations to increase interactive
                 Parramatta                   limited pick up and drop off locations.’ (Newcastle)            approaches, such as ‘touch tours’ that are coupled with
                 Sydney                       Arts organisations need information to create access            audio described tours.
                                              possibilities for audiences with disability.
                 Newcastle
                 Blue Mountains
M81              Manly                        People with profound disabilities find it difficult to access   Work with arts organisations to increase webstreaming of
                                              arts activities outside their place of residence.               arts performances and development of online galleries, as
                                                                                                              well as the number of available virtual arts classes, to
                                                                                                              enable internet access to the arts for people with profound
                                                                                                              disabilities.
M94              Manly and Newcastle –        People with behavioural issues may find it difficult to         Work with arts organisations to establish audience
R40              intellectual disability      attend performances.                                            development solutions for people with behavioural issues
                 Sutherland Shire             There are few age-appropriate audience opportunities            and intellectual disabilities, to attend age-appropriate
                 Broken Hill                  for adults with disability                                      performances, e.g. box seating and specific performance
                                                                                                              times. (Performance times should be towards the end of
                 Newcastle                                                                                    the season so that all have had the opportunity to find out
                 Goulburn                                                                                     about it, and matinee sessions so that carers can attend.)
M95              Manly – intellectual         Distance from the stage is an issue for people who find         During specific performance times, ensure that people who
                 disability                   it difficult to concentrate on a performance.                   find it difficult to concentrate are allocated seats closer to
                                                                                                              the performance.




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Reference        Region                       Issue                                                       Solution
number
M2               Manly                        Small and affordable venues are important for emerging      Work with local governments and arts organisation to
R35              Parramatta                   artists with disability who are geographically or           ensure that there are affordable venues in each
                 Broken Hill                  financially unable to practise or present in other          community, with accessible pathways in and around them.
                                              communities.                                                The three basic forms of access (physical, attitudinal and
                 Dubbo                                                                                    informational) should be considered.
                                              There is a need for greater access to arts venues and
                 Goulburn                     initiatives, e.g. cinema access is very poor in Port
                 Port Macquarie               Macquarie.
                 Armidale
M22              Sydney                       People with disability may not be able to afford to pay     Facilitate the roll-out of the Companion Card within the arts
R23              Manly – intellectual         the extra cost for their carers to accompany them to arts   industry across NSW and rework (or establish) ticketing
                 disability                   events.                                                     policies that provide free tickets for carers.
                 Sutherland Shire
                 Sydney – intellectual
                 disability
                 Broken Hill
                 Dubbo




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Reference        Region                       Issue                                                            Solution
number
R25              Southern Highlands           Arts organisations need guidance regarding appropriate           Deliver accessible ticketing policy training and support for
M21              Parramatta                   and accessible ticketing procedures.                             arts organisations, ticketing companies and agencies such
M20              Sydney                       Many people experience long delays and overall                   as Live Performance Australia to encourage streamlining of
                                              difficulty in purchasing accessible tickets to events.           ticketing processes for people who require: accessible
                 Manly – intellectual                                                                          seating; other access services such as Auslan, captioning
                 disability                   Affordability is a major barrier to participation in the arts.
                                              In determining ticketing policies, therefore, there is a         and audio description; and finer details surrounding access
                 Sutherland Shire                                                                              such as seating for people with mental health issues who
                                              need to consider discounts for people with a range of
                 Sydney – intellectual        disabilities.                                                    would like to sit at the end of a row, people with low vision
                 disability                                                                                    who may need to sit at the front or people with ambulatory
                                                                                                               issues who can climb some stairs, not many.
                                                                                                               Discounted tickets for people who may have reduced
                                                                                                               earning capacity such as those who possess a concession
                                                                                                               card including people with an intellectual disability is also
                                                                                                               important.




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Reference        Region                       Issue                                                      Solution
number
R31              Dubbo                        Accessible Taxis are scarce—there are only two in          Establish regular, reliable, accessible and affordable public
M237             Goulburn                     Goulburn and three in Albury. Even for people without      transport options for regional and metropolitan areas of
M1               South Coast                  disability, transport is a great concern.                  NSW, to increase easy access to and from arts venues,
                                              The availability and cost of transport is an issue.        events and educational opportunities.
                 South West
                                                                                                         Work with local governments to ensure that arts
                 Port Macquarie                                                                          organisations have access to community transport
                 Armidale                                                                                contacts; support lobbying for a 100% accessible public
                 Illawarra                                                                               transport system extending into Western Sydney and
                 Newcastle                                                                               regional areas.
                 Blue Mountains
                 Manly
                 Sydney – intellectual
                 disability
                 Sutherland Shire –
                 intellectual disability
M97              Manly – intellectual         There is a need for greater transport options for people   Encourage disability services and schools to work with
                 disability                   with intellectual disability.                              other services and organisations such as local government
                                                                                                         to engage community or public transport facilities. This will
                                                                                                         enable attendance of arts events ‘off site’.
R87              All                          OH&S and risk assessment has been used as an               Deliver a media and public information campaign to
                                              excuse for not providing access to arts events for         strengthen awareness of the Disability Discrimination Act
                                              people with disability.                                    1992 and its implications for the arts and community
                                                                                                         industries.




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Reference        Region                       Issue                                                         Solution
number
M186             Newcastle                    Venues need to be accessible in front- and back-of-           Advocate for front- and back-of-house areas of galleries
M218             Manly                        house areas to ensure professional access for curators,       and arts venues to be accessible to ensure that
                                              staff or artists with disability.                             professional artists with disability can be engaged.
                                              Local venues are a strength in North Sydney.                  Willoughby Civic Place, for example, is an emerging
                                                                                                            accessible venue in both front- and back-of-house areas,
                                                                                                            with an emphasis on performing arts.
                                                                                                            Ensure that access is considered from the outset when
                                                                                                            renovating and building arts venues
M3               Manly                        It often requires someone with disability ‘going out on a     Develop an ‘Access Comments’ page on the Accessible
                                              limb’ and testing whether a venue is accessible before        Arts web site which will enable people with disability to log
                                              they can be assured of the level of experience or             their experiences of specific arts venues and events. This
                                              cultural engagement they are going to achieve.                will in turn assist Accessible Arts in lobbying for
                                                                                                            improvements to arts venues.
M7               Manly                        Arts organisations need to be informed on how they can        Provide training and information for web masters, graphic
R104             Parramatta                   increase access for audiences with disability.                artists and designers (particularly those who work in the
R66              Sydney                       Many web sites and graphic designs are not accessible         arts) to ensure access information about their facilities and
                                              to people with disability as a result of inappropriate font   venues is easily accessible in all promotional materials and
                 Newcastle                                                                                  web sites are accessible, with links to access information
                                              size, design, format and layout.
                 Blue Mountains                                                                             on the home page.
                 South West
                 Dubbo




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4. CONNECTING
Reference      Region                         Issue                                                      Solution
number
M270           Manly                          Access provisions and arts-making equipment can be         Develop a library of equipment and resources that can be
M289           Sydney                         expensive and time-consuming for project or event          shared by those working towards arts and disability
                                              coordinators.                                              initiatives such as access programmes.
                                              A shared approach would be more effective.                 Identify equipment available for hire from Accessible Arts
                                                                                                         and other organisations.
M123           Manly                          Partnership approaches can reduce workloads for            Participate in national arts and disability initiatives to
                                              organisations with few resources.                          ensure that Accessible Arts and linked organisations are
                                                                                                         not duplicating research or projects, but rather sharing
                                                                                                         resources.
R5             All                            Networks are important.                                    Establish arts and disability action groups that meet
M240                                          There is a lack of networking and increased isolation in   regularly (e.g. quarterly) in each regional area to
M255                                          regional areas.                                            strengthen partnerships between arts and disability
                                              There is a need for further networks and communication     organisations and enable informal and formal networking.
R43                                                                                                      This will enable information flow from Accessible Arts to its
                                              between local organisations.
                                                                                                         stakeholders, and vice versa.
                                              Many disability organisations are working in isolation,
                                              where they need to work as a group.
R16            Wagga Wagga                    People are geographically isolated in regional and         Develop an online arts and disability forum on the
M236           Illawarra                      metropolitan areas, and lack the time and resources to     Accessible Arts web site that facilitates statewide questions
M120           Southern Highlands             travel to meetings where they could share stories,         and discussion, as well as e-groups that enable people
                                              knowledge and experiences.                                 such as DAWN members to connect locally in spite of
M119           Dubbo                                                                                     geographic distance and isolation and share knowledge,
                                              Newcastle isn’t considered regional, nor is Maitland or
M52            Albury                         Cessnock. However, the area is vast and therefore          techniques and skills.
               Armidale                       makes it difficult for people to connect.                  Artists with disability will be able to gain advice from peers,
               Newcastle                      Accessible Arts’ web site needs to be more interactive,    mentors and Accessible Arts and the facility will be linked
                                              enabling people to network and showcase their work.        to existing creative social networking sites and hand over
                                                                                                         to the disability community.
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Reference      Region                         Issue                                                       Solution
number
               Manly                          enabling people to network and showcase their work.      to existing creative social networking sites and hand over
               Blue Mountains                 DAWN members are often isolated in their practice, and to the disability community.
                                              need to be able to share stories about creative
                                              techniques and process.
                                              Artists and arts workers who are geographically isolated
                                              need opportunities to share ideas and dialogue.
M219           Manly                          There is no arts network in the Northern Sydney area,       Upskill artists’ networks to enable participation by artists
M239           Blue Mountains                 whereas local artist networks are strong in the Blue        with disability or establish new networks where they do not
R49            Central West                   Mountains.                                                  exist.
                                              Blue Mountains Artists Company (BMAC) has                   Coordinate Artshare events where local artists in residence
                                              exhibitions and activities including affordable arts, and   can link up with networks and discuss their work.
                                              artists with disability are welcome to join the company.
                                              Artists with disability can experience isolation.
M127           Manly                          The arts and disability sectors are often geographically    Accessible Arts to deliver formal and informal networking
M170           Sydney                         and conceptually isolated in their work.                    opportunities alongside training initiatives, e.g. continue to
M130           Illawarra                      Networking opportunities support training initiatives.      deliver an innovative ‘Arts Activated’ conference biannually
                                              Arts and disability sectors can learn from one another’s    to showcase leading examples of arts and disability
R42            Broken Hill                                                                                projects, adding value to the outcomes for participating
               Central West                   expertise. There is a need for local organisations to
                                              share information and experience.                           individuals and organisations.
               Goulburn                                                                                   Facilitate opportunities for representatives from both the
               Wagga Wagga                                                                                arts and disability sectors to come together and share
               North Coast                                                                                knowledge, dialogue and stories about their programmes
                                                                                                          and projects, e.g. in conferences, seminars and local
                                                                                                          forums.
M260           Manly                          There is a need for Accessible Arts to link into and        Develop a partnership with Regional Arts NSW that
                                              support regional communities.                               enables Accessible Arts to work with RADOs and their
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5. COMMUNICATING
Reference      Region                         Issue                                                       Solution
number
M156           Blue Mountains                 Many initiatives are already occurring and there is a       Continue to deliver the Accessible Arts information service
M126           Sutherland Shire               need to know about these.                                   and web site to link up people with disability to arts
               Manly                                                                                      opportunities as audiences, practitioners, volunteers and
                                                                                                          employees.
M128           Manly                          Accessible Arts is the peak arts and disability             Train artists in the development of artist-run online spaces
M135           Illawarra                      organisation in NSW. Information needs to reflect this.     to assist in promoting their work.
R47            Central West                   People need more opportunity to connect via a reliable      Establish an arts and disability network trail map of NSW
M142           Sydney                         arts and disability database (in addition to information    providing best practice case studies for local communities
M140           Parramatta                     on the Accessible Arts web site).                           in regional and metropolitan areas to replicate.
                                              The arts industry needs easier access to the range of       International examples could be included on a world map.
M137           Illawarra
                                              organisations that can assist in delivering and             Integrate an online database of relevant arts and disability
R15            Wagga Wagga                    maintaining access equipment and services.                  contacts to enable greater connections in the community.
R61            South Coast                    People need to hear ‘success stories’ about people with     Include a range of arts and disability organisations,
R113           Goulburn                       disability in the arts.                                     disability arts workers, local governments, disability
M129           Port Macquarie                 There is a lack of networking and contacts in local         interagencies, artists networks and cooperatives and
                                              communities across NSW. It would be beneficial to           incorporate access service contacts such as access
M154           Albury
                                              enable regional and metropolitan communities to link        auditors, captioning providers and audio describers. This
M155           Newcastle                                                                                  information should have geographical and artform search
                                              up.
M143           Blue Mountains                                                                             facilities.
                                              There is a need for ongoing connections between arts
M151           Sutherland Shire
                                              and disability organisations in metropolitan and regional
M222           Manly                          areas.
M121                                          Contacts need to receive the Accessible Arts newsletter
                                              and information about local and key projects.
                                              However, every region except the Newcastle Regional
                                              Gallery experiences difficulty establishing contact lists
                                              to keep people informed.
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Reference      Region                         Issue                                                      Solution
number
                                              to keep people informed.
                                              There is a need to gain knowledge on how to access
                                              the disability sector via disability networks and school
                                              support units to distribute information to people.
                                              Mainstream artists’ networks, such as Illawarra Craft
                                              and Arts Network (ICAN), could be another avenue to
                                              increase informational access in the disability sector.
                                              Projects such as the Studio Programme in Sydney are
                                              geographically inaccessible to many, e.g. those who
                                              live in the Illawarra.
M48            Manly                          Artists with disability need further skills in promoting   Work with RTOs to deliver skills training and seminars for
M172           Sydney                         their work.                                                emerging artists with disability in key areas such as
               Sydney – Deaf issues           There is a need for knowledge about marketing              promotion, marketing, securing of venues and business
                                              practices.                                                 skills. Provide access services and alternative formats as
               Blue Mountains                                                                            required, eg. Auslan interpretation.
M124           Manly                          Greater distribution is required to ensure that clients    Utilise contacts with local organisations and government to
                                              and people with disability receive timely information      disseminate information.
                                              about creative opportunities in their area.
                                              Some communities have limited information about arts
                                              and disability initiatives in their area.




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number
M111           Newcastle                      Representation of people with disability in the media is        Develop training and information for media advocating
M118           Manly                          low.                                                            broadcasters, writers, casting directors and agents to
M146           Sydney – Deaf issues           Representation of people with disability in the media is        increase appropriate representation of multi-dimensional
                                              important, as is representation of role models with             characters with disability in programmes and content.
R130           Manly – intellectual
               disability                     disability in the media.                                        Encourage broadcasters to establish disability reference
                                              Artists with disability do not necessarily want disability      groups to advise on representation of people with a variety
               Armidale – Deaf                                                                                of disabilities, including people who are Deaf.
               community                      to be their main identification point—an artist is an artist
                                              first and foremost; they may also happen to have a              Increase overall representation and casting of people with
               Sydney                         disability.                                                     disability.
               Illawarra                      There is a need for further awareness and recognition
                                              of the creative talents of people with disability in the arts
                                              industry, as well as in the mainstream community.
                                              There is a need for increased casting opportunities for
                                              people with disability.
M125           Manly                          The Australian media often uses inappropriate or                Work with DADHC and other disability organisations to
                                              offensive language when referring to people with                continue to encourage the appropriate use of language in
                                              disability.                                                     the media and the arts, e.g. contribute to revision of AAP
                                                                                                              style guide.
M102           Manly – intellectual           Artists with disability need opportunities to exhibit           Work with local government, disability services and arts
               disability                     alongside other artists.                                        venues to establish local opportunities for showcasing the
                                                                                                              works of children and adults with disability.
M46            Manly                          There is a lack of recognition of the strengths of arts         Develop, distribute and deliver evaluation and
S12            Central West                   and disability initiatives in NSW.                              documentation training and guidelines to assist artists and
                                              There is a need for Accessible Arts to advocate the             disability organisations to improve documentation within an
                                              strengths of arts and disability initiatives in NSW.            arts context to attract greater profile of, and support for,
                                                                                                              artists with disability.
                                              There is a need to enhance people’s perceptions about
                                              the achievements of projects in NSW.


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Reference      Region                         Issue                                                            Solution
number
                                              There is a lack of evaluation and documentation of arts
                                              and disability organisations and projects in NSW.
AA55           Illawarra                      There is a need for audience development support.                Redevelop and distribute ‘Accessing the Arts Resources’ in
               Sutherland Shire               Arts organisations need information on how to increase           an easy-to-use information pack available on the
               Manly                          access for audiences with disability.                            Accessible Arts web site. Include practical information for
                                              Even when access to arts events exists, it is often not          community events, festivals and arts organisations. Work
               Parramatta                                                                                      in collaboration with key people from the arts industry to
               Sydney                         well advertised.
                                                                                                               ensure that the information is clear and relevant to their
               Newcastle                      Physical access audits can be limited in scope.                  work.
               Blue Mountains                 Physical access audits should not only consider ramp             Information should include information such as the
                                              access but also: captioning; audio description; simple           provision of: access information in all promotional
               Dubbo                          English and sensory tours; quantity and placement of             materials, including captioning and audio description
               Albury                         wheelchair seating.                                              symbols; alternative formats such as large print; and
                                              People with disability need access information and               incorporation of imagery for venues and events in
                                              information about arts opportunities in a variety of             promotional materials such as a photo of a building as well
                                              formats.                                                         as an address.
                                              People with intellectual disabilities may find it difficult to   Develop a hard copy as well as web version of the
                                              access written information.                                      information pack which can be easily located on the
                                                                                                               Accessible Arts web site.




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6. EDUCATING AND TRAINING
Reference      Region                         Issue                                                        Solution
number
R57            Wagga Wagga                    There are insufficient arts tutors who are Certificate IV-   Establish a training barter system that can be replicated in
M84            Goulburn                       qualified to deliver arts training within community          a number of communities; provide Certificate IV courses at
               Manly                          colleges and TAFE.                                           community colleges at a discounted rate for artists so that
                                                                                                           they can gain professional qualifications to deliver arts
                                                                                                           training in local communities. Arts tutors could subsidise
                                                                                                           their training fees by delivering workshops in creative
                                                                                                           training programmes for people with disability. This would
                                                                                                           allow for a variety of arts experiences for participants at a
                                                                                                           reduced cost. Develop a DVD to supplement training
                                                                                                           information enabling consistency.
S14            All                            There is a need for universal disability awareness           Continue to deliver formal and customised disability
M192                                          training in all arts areas, e.g. architecture and graphic    awareness and access training to the arts, community and
M195                                          design.                                                      education sectors. Include all staff and volunteers from
                                                                                                           senior to entry level positions.
M193           Manly                          Disability awareness training should be delivered by         Engage trainers and guest speakers with disability
               Illawarra                      someone with disability.                                     throughout all Accessible Arts training initiatives.
               Sydney
               Newcastle
               Blue Mountains
               Sutherland Shire
R68            Dubbo                          Training needs to be coordinated and delivered in            Integrate disability awareness training into primary and
M199           South Coast                    collaboration with a variety of educational bodies.          secondary education PDHPE curricula in public and private
               Manly                                                                                       schools, e.g. exchanges between support units and
                                                                                                           mainstream arts classes.
               Parramatta


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number
               Sydney
               Sutherland Shire
M190           Manly                          It is crucial to change misconceptions about levels of         Ensure that training outlines the benefits of engaging
M196           Illawarra                      ability of arts professionals with disability in order to      artists, audiences, professional arts workers, managers,
               Sydney                         realise their increased participation in the industry.         curators, directors and CEOs with disability in the arts
                                                                                                             industry.
               Newcastle
               Blue Mountains
               Sutherland Shire
M194           Manly                          People working with people with specific                       Disability awareness training to include some basic
               Illawarra                      communication need to understand some basic                    Makaton symbols (vocabulary signing for people with
               Sydney                         symbols that will assist in discussion.                        communication needs).
               Newcastle
               Blue Mountains
               Sutherland Shire
R12            Armidale                       There is a need for further disability awareness in the        Deliver disability awareness training to all tertiary arts
M197           Manly                          arts.                                                          courses, including private tertiary education providers, e.g.
               Parramatta                     Arts and teacher curricula need to incorporate disability      film schools.
               Sydney                         awareness training.                                            Collaborate with tertiary institutions to incorporate practical
                                              Training needs to be coordinated and delivered in              work placements for emerging teachers, artists and career
               Sutherland Shire                                                                              advisors in disability services.
                                              collaboration with a variety of educational bodies.
M200           Manly                          Training needs to be coordinated and delivered in              Disability awareness training to incorporate leading
M201           Parramatta                     collaboration with a variety of educational bodies.            examples of established artists with disability in all
               Sydney                         Arts teachers, professionals and organisations often           disability awareness schemes delivered to schools, arts
                                              make assumptions about the level of ability of artists         professionals and organisations.
               Sutherland Shire
                                              with disability. This can affect anything from the way an
                                              arts and disability event is marketed to how much
                                              people will pay for a painting by an artist with disability.
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number
                                              arts and disability event is marketed to how much
                                              people will pay for a painting by an artist with disability.
S3             All                            There is a lack of awareness about the value of arts           Accessible Arts’ Training Officer to work with TAFE NSW,
M203                                          practice and engagement in the disability sector.              the Arts Development Officer, disability services and
M204                                          There is a need to train disability services on how to         members of DAWN to establish arts awareness training
                                              deliver diverse and stimulating creative programmes for        programmes that will assist disability services in gaining
                                              people with disability.                                        further understanding about the processes required to
                                              Arts workers need to be able to communicate what will          engage an arts worker, and the steps required within the
                                              work best when collaborating on creative programmes.           organisation to train carers and disability staff in how to
                                                                                                             support the arts worker, without interfering in the creative
                                              Participants also need to be able to provide input into        process of people with disability. This will result in
                                              programmes.                                                    increased opportunities for people with disability to explore
                                                                                                             their own creative expression.
M44            Manly                          There is a misperception that people with disability go        Promote the benefits of arts activities as cultural
M88            Sydney                         to arts organisations to pursue a hobby, rather than a         opportunities and open creative experiences, rather than
M114           Newcastle                      vocation.                                                      therapeutic exercises and highlight the talents of artists
                                              There is a need to educate families and disability             with disability, thereby promoting professional development
                                              services about the benefits of the arts for people with        e.g. artists with disability whose works have been exhibited
                                              disability, e.g. increased quality of life and social          or have gained paid employment.
                                              interaction.
                                              Participation in the arts by people with disability does
                                              not constitute therapy.
                                              There is a need for professional development pathways
                                              for artists with potential.
R51            Central West                   Artists need greater understanding about specific              Produce and deliver a series of training modules including
M198           Blue Mountains                 disabilities.                                                  awareness raising materials (gathered from existing
M41            Dubbo                          Training needs to be coordinated and delivered in              disability organisations and experienced disability arts
                                              collaboration with a variety of educational bodies.            workers) that provide information on ways to engage
                                                                                                             people with specific access needs in creative skills,
                                                                                                             education and workshops, e.g. access needs in arts
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number
M42            Goulburn                       Some children with disability are refused access to        people with specific access needs in creative skills,
M43            Albury                         private classes, e.g. dance.                               education and workshops, e.g. access needs in arts
               Newcastle                      There is a need to transfer knowledge from those with      education programmes and workplaces.
               Port Macquarie                 experience in the arts and disability sector to the arts
                                              industry at large.
               Manly
                                              Creative workshop planning and materials need to
               Parramatta                     consider specific access needs.
               Sydney
               Sutherland Shire




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7. CAPACITY BUILDING
Reference      Region                         Issue                                                       Solution
number
S8             All                            Access should no longer be seen as an additional cost,      Work systematically with arts organisations across NSW to
M215                                          but as part of standard operations and part of the core     establish disability action plans that are linked to budgetary
M282                                          business of arts organisations.                             and strategic planning processes and are internally and
                                                                                                          externally relevant.
S7             All                            Arts need to be part of the core business of disability     Work systematically with disability organisations across
M216                                          organisations.                                              NSW to establish arts and cultural plans that are linked to
                                                                                                          budgetary and strategic planning processes.
                                                                                                          Incorporate creative programmes and projects into annual
                                                                                                          and long-term planning activities in addition to annual
                                                                                                          reports.
R              All                            Arts organisations need to seek direct feedback from        Encourage arts organisations to establish their own
M                                             people with disability about their venues, programmes       disability reference groups, comprising patrons, visitors,
                                              and services.                                               artists and arts workers with disability.
M93            Illawarra – intellectual       People with disability often feel more able to share        When consulting people with an intellectual disability,
M301           disability                     information in a safe and familiar environment, such as     ensure that appropriate and familiar venues are
               Manly – intellectual           face-to-face communication.                                 considered.
               disability                     Parents of children with an intellectual disability often
                                              get used to speaking on their behalf without first
                                              consulting them. People with intellectual disability need
                                              the opportunity to speak for themselves.


R7             All                            Short-term and project based funding is not sustainable     Work with existing funding bodies to ensure long-term
                                              and can be damaging to relationships with participants.     funding opportunities for arts and disability initiatives.
R6             All                            There is a need for further financial support for           Establish an arts and disability foundation to assist in
                                              initiatives with accessible funding application processes   providing accessible funding guidelines and acquittals for
                                              for community projects.                                     artists with disability, and a range of creative and audience
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Reference      Region                         Issue                                                          Solution
number
M277                                          initiatives with accessible funding application processes      providing accessible funding guidelines and acquittals for
                                              for community projects.                                        artists with disability, and a range of creative and audience
                                              A mixture of quick turn around, bi-annual small grants         development projects.
                                              and longer-term funding is required.                           Ensure that some funding is targeted specifically at
                                              Projects should not be required to be new and different        regional initiatives and grants rounds should be held at
                                              every year as long, as they are of high and delivering         alternate times from other grants rounds.
                                              sustainable creative opportunities for people with
                                              disability.
                                              Completing numerous grant applications at one time is
                                              difficult.
                                              Those who are unsuccessful need to apply for
                                              supplementary funds.
                                              Arts and disability funding needs to be promoted
                                              broadly and with a long lead time to enable those with
                                              limited resources to apply.
R4             All                            It is difficult for arts organisations to secure funding for   Establish and distribute a fact sheet outlining key steps
R39                                           individual projects.                                           towards partnerships that enable joint funding applications
                                                                                                             e.g. collective funding across local government boundaries
                                                                                                             with local, state and federal governments in a cross-
                                                                                                             government capacity.
M272           Manly                          Organisations working together find it easier to obtain        Ensure that, where possible, Accessible Arts collaborates
               Illawarra                      funding.                                                       with other organisations in applications for funding.
                                                                                                             Encourage other organisations to do the same.




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8. IMPLEMENTATION PLAN
Reference      Region                         Issue                                              Solution
number
M293           Manly                          In many cases, a surplus of ideas results in       Ensure that arts and disability projects in NSW are well
                                              ineffectiveness.                                   targeted and, where possible meeting, a number of
                                                                                                 relevant issues and solutions.




This document was coordinated and compiled by Alison McLaren, Audience Development Officer, Accessible Arts, with thanks to over 500 arts and disability
stakeholders who shared their voice during consultations in regional and metropolitan NSW between 2006 and 2009.

Accessible Arts is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW, Department of the Arts, Sport and Recreation.




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