BLIND or vision-impaired people will soon have the opportunity to access more local arts events and festivals through a new, year-long collaborative program Access All Arts.
TWO organisations have joined forces to launch a program aimed at increasing art and cultural access to people who are blind, vision impaired or deafblind.
Victoria Park-based VisAbility and arts organisation Disability in the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts (DADAA), launched the year-long program Access All Arts to make audio description access available at Perth’s large outdoor festivals and events.
Audio description is the narration of additional visual information during pauses of dialogue and requires skilled narrators who relay information to listeners through headsets.
Program co-ordinator Jacqueline Homer said the program was developed after piloting three tours in 2015.
“We will be incorporating lessons learned from the pilot series into the new program to ensure we deliver high-quality tours that work effectively to include participants as part of the audience in mainstream events,” she said.
“New funding also allows us to actually purchase the equipment that delivers live commentary.”
VisAbility will determine the types of cultural activities to select as part of the pro- gram, which will include theatre, dance, comedy and mainstream events.
VisAbility’s Adventure Group will test the audio description approach being used and work with the newly trained audio describers.
The Adventurer Group are a group of staff and clients who are blind or vision impaired but challenge themselves with adventurous activities in WA.
DADAA executive director David Doyle said the program was part of the organisation’s larger goal to facilitate social inclusion for all people.
“Until now there has not been the capacity in Perth to offer the blind or vision impaired access to the city’s big outdoor events,” he said.
There are currently 40,000 people in WA who identify as being vision impaired.
For more information visit www.dadaa.org.au/project/4/access-all-arts.
Program co-ordinator Jacqueline Homer.