In March 2021, Arts & Disability Ireland hosted From Access to Inclusion, an international summit exploring new and innovative ways to create accessible and inclusive experiences. This October, there will be a final strand of practical workshops designed to enhance learning and engagement, to explore and dismantle barriers, and to challenge assumptions.

Taking place from 11 – 22 October, these interactive, hands on workshops are aimed at arts and cultural professionals at all levels and will offer a toolbox of skills delivered by internationally acknowledged experts from a range of backgrounds.

There will be six sessions in total, all taking place online:

Developing Multi-sensory Strategies For Engagement | 13 October 
Hosted by Hannah Goodwin, Independent Accessibility Specialist, Rebecca McGinnis, Senior Managing Educator for Accessibility at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) and Annie Leist, Associate Educator, Community & Access Programs at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

Every Type of Access | 14 October 
Brina Casey and Caomhán Mac Con Iomaire, Education officers at the National Gallery of Ireland, will detail some of the ways in which the gallery has incorporated accessible features into the public programme.

Foundations and Future for Relaxed Experiences | 19 October 
Led by Roger Ideishi, Director of Occupational Therapy and Professor of Health, Human Function and Rehabilitation Sciences at The George Washington University in Washington DC, this session will discuss the guiding principles for conceptualising and designing relaxed experiences in arts and cultural venues.

Knowbility Website Clinics | 15-22 October 
Is your website accessible to your audience members, funders, and staff with disabilities? For a heavily subsidised fee of €75, arts and cultural organisations can gain a high-level overview of their websites digital accessibility.

Painting with Words | 11-20 October 
A series of four intensive training sessions exploring audio description and access for visitors to museums and galleries who are blind or visually impaired, led by Anne Hornsby, a pioneer of British Audio Description and Director of Mind’s Eye Description.

Virtual Accessibility: A Technical Step by Step | 21 October 
An experienced panel from Illinois Cultural Access Network (ICAN ) and Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium (CCAC) will discuss setting up Sign Language interpretation, captions and audio description for virtual events, and how to plan for virtual event roles and responsibilities.

Booking information for each workshop can be found here:

The October workshops are supported by The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Office of Accessibility and VSA and Arts Council Ireland in partnership with the Irish Museum Association.


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