The Access to Culture Project 2011 - 2012

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Download the EBU ATC Final Report, 2012.

Fact Sheet: EBU Access to Culture Project 2012

May 2012

Organisation:

EBU works towards an inclusive society with equal opportunities for full participation of blind and partially sighted people in Europe, based on human rights. www.euroblind.org

Contact: ebu@euroblind.org -  Tel: +33 1 47 05 38 20 – www.euroblind.org

Project Name:EBU Access to Culture (ATC) Pilot Project 2012 -  

Mapping current levels of accessibility to cultural venues and activities in Europe'

Runtime: 2012

EBU Access to Culture Project Description

Aim: to improve cultural accessibility for blind and partially sighted people in Europe, with actions based on the outcome of the EBU ATC Survey.

Background/context:

Policy context for EBU ATC project

article 30 of UNCRPD recognises the right of people with disabilities to take part in cultural life ‘on an equal basis' (2006). 

  • Council of Europe Recommendation R(92)6 calls for ‘lasting and significant improvements in access to culture for all people with disabilities (1992).
  • the EBU/St Dunstans "In Touch with Art 2010" conference Resolution calls for the implementation of disabled people's cultural rights

EBU beliefs for culture and cultural inclusion

  • full participation in society requires full participation in cultural life, therefore article 30 of the UNCRPD must be implemented in Europe
  • an inclusive society requires an accessible, inclusive culture, build on Design for All principles

Output: The EBU ATC Survey  Report 2012 and is widely disseminated to stakeholders. The EBU ATC Survey reportprovides an overview of:

  • current levels of accessibility for blind and partially sighted people to cultural sites, events and activities
  • good practice
  • national legislation and policies for access to culture

The report makes recommendations for strategic and policy change at local, national and European levels to improve cultural accessibility; and the report supports advocacy and campaigning for the cultural rights of people with a (visual) disability and visually impaired people specifically

Results: Findings of the EBU Access to Culture Survey 2012 show that

  • article 30 of the UNCRPD on cultural rights is being poorly implemented
  • research about cultural accessibility by people with a disability is almost non-existent   
  • cultural funding policies and practices discriminate against people with a disability (hundreds of billions of Euros of public money are spent on cultural activities which do not provide access)
  • there is good practice around, but the majority of cultural organisations do not do enough for cultural accessibility
  • disability rights legislation is necessary for progress in cultural accessibility
  • cultural rights need to be mentioned explicitly in disability rights legislation
  • progress is not being monitored, although Council of Europe and EU member states have agreed policies that commit them to do so.

Conclusions and Recommendations/action:

The EBU ATC Survey shows that the right to culture is poorly implemented in Europe. Based on the information collected, EBU calls on stakeholders for urgent action with:

  • 10 recommendations to local cultural organisations to plan inclusively for people with a (visual) disability
  • 6 recommendations to national governments to put in place legislation and monitor progress and develop comprehensive strategic policies to bring about lasting improvements in cultural accessibility;
  • 6 recommendations to the Council of Europe and European Union to develop monitoring tools and make a strategic contribution to implementing all relevant existing policies;
  • the specific request to the European Union to specifically mention article 30 of UNCRPD in any future Accessibility Act;

All stakeholders are to involve people with a (visual) disability and representative organisations at all stages of project, policy and strategy development (Nothing about us without us).

Impact/spin-off: The implementation of these recommendations will bring significant improvements of access to culture, not only for blind and partially sighted people, but also for persons with a disability in general.

Everyone is invited to contribute to an inclusive society in which the cultural rights of people with a disability are guaranteed.