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Arts For All resources

The following list of resources and publications complement Arts For All: Ngā toi mō te katoapublished in 2014 by Arts Access Aotearoa with support from Creative New Zealand and Wellington City Council. This guide provides practical and long-term ways to increase access to the arts, market your events to the disabled community and build new audiences. Arts Access Aotearoa's library has publications about accessibility and the arts. You are welcome to come in and browse.

Handbooks and guides

Arts For All : Ngā toi mō te katoa

PDF icon Arts For All 

WORD icon Arts For All accessible 

New Zealand Sign Language video about Arts For All

Arts For All is a 92-page book filled with practical information, examples and ideas about how to make the arts more accessible to Deaf people, disabled people, and people with lived experience of mental ill-health. Watch the NZSL video about Arts For All

Design for accessibility: a cultural administrator’s handbook

This handbook is published by the National Endowment for the Arts in the United States and was updated in 2011. It provides guidelines for cultural administrators developing accessible and inclusive programming for everyone, including disabled and older people. It also details how to make access an important part of your planning, mission, programmes, outreach, meetings, budget and staffing.
PDF iconDownload Design for Accessibility  

Getting There: a practical resource for arts venues in Scotland to increase the inclusion of disabled people

Created by the Scottish Arts Council (now Creative Scotland) in 2005, this resource for Scotland-based arts organisations addresses aspects of inclusive practice and includes  case studies from around Scotland.
PDF iconDownload the Getting There

Strategies, policies and the law

New Zealand Disability Strategy

The New Zealand Disability Strategy will guide the work of government agencies on disability issues from 2016 to 2026. It can also be used by any individual or organisation who wants to learn more about, and make the best decisions on, things that are important to disabled people. 
Find out more about the strategy and download it on the Office for Disability Issues' website. 

Building Act 2004 

The Building Act 2004 is the legislation that governs the building industry in New Zealand. Under the Act, access to facilities must be provided without exception in all new public buildings and, where reasonably practical, in any alterations to existing public buildings. Its specifications include width of doorways, height and shape of handrails, space to manoeuvre in bathrooms, gradient of ramps and provision of accessible car parking.
Read more or download a copy of the Building Act 2004

Human Rights Act 1993

This document details New Zealand’s Human Rights Act 1993 and its provisions. The Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice and protects disabled people from discrimination, including equitable access to public spaces, goods and services, and other areas.
Read the Human Rights Act 1993 

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

United Nations Enable's website is home to the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The website includes public information about topics related to disability, human rights and the United Nations' work for disabled people. Article 30 of the CPRD (Participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport) is particularly relevant. New Zealand has ratified this Convention and reports to the UN on progress.  
View Article 30 of the CRPD 

Statistics and surveys

Census 2013: disability statistics

Findings in the New Zealand Disability Survey (Statistics New Zealand) show that one in four New Zealanders (24% or 1.1 million people) were identified as disabled in 2013. An estimated 14% of the New Zealand population has a physical impairment that limits their everyday activities. This is the most common impairment for adults and increases strongly with age.

For a breakdown of disabilities per region:

Number of people with disabilities in NZ regions 

Percentage of people with disabilities in NZ regions (EXCEL)

Arts For All survey: how accessible are New Zealand’s arts organisations and venues?

In 2011, Creative New Zealand provided one-off grants totalling $30,000 to 11 organisations for projects that would improve their accessibility. Arts Access Aotearoa administered the grants and monitored the projects.

At the same time, Creative New Zealand commissioned Arts Access Aotearoa to conduct an online survey and site visits to find out how accessible New Zealand’s key arts organisations and venues were. An online survey was completed by 41 arts organisations and Arts Access Aotearoa held in-depth interviews with 16 organisations around the country.

PDF icon Arts For All survey report 

WORD icon Arts For All survey report

Accessible documents and websites

New Zealand Government Web Toolkit

This website details the Government’s Web Accessibility Standard 1.0 and Web Usability Standard 1.2. This information is helpful to content and communications people, developers, project managers and others who oversee website content. The links below include an overview of each standard as well as a link on how to administer the standards.
Read the Web Accessibility Standard 1.0 
Read the Web Usability Standard 1.2  

Blind Foundation guides on document accessibility

Two useful guideline resources for anyone interested in improving the accessibility of their digital documents (e.g.Word, PowerPoint, Outlook) for people who are blind or vision impaired.

Powerpoint icon Download Blind Foundation's Accessible Information 

PDF icon Blind_Foundation_Accessible_Document_Guidelines

Access for blind and low-vision people

Making Theatre Accessible: a guide to audio description in the performing arts

This step-by-step guide, published by the Bay State Council of the Blind in the United States in 2008, details how to design and implement an audio description programme for theatre organisations. The guidelines can also apply to other performing arts organisations such as community arts groups, performing arts centres, and dance or opera companies. Arts Access Aotearoa has a limited number of copies available for loan. 

Access for Deaf and hard of hearing people

New Zealand Sign Language online

This online NZSL dictionary is administered by Deaf Aotearoa. Users can search for NZSL vocabulary by English/te reo Māori words or through the visual features of the signs themselves. Each word entry includes a te reo Māori translation, making the dictionary accessible in three languages. A free NZSL dictionary app compatible with the iPhone and iPad dictionary is also available.
Access the NZSL online dictionary
Download the NZSL dictionary app here (version 2.1) 

Access for people with learning disability

Welcoming people with a learning disability to your venue

This report, published by UK charity MENCAP, looks at barriers for people with a learning disability going to the theatre, concerts and other arts events. It also offers solutions. Barriers such as lack of money, not feeling welcomed and transport can be overcome by providing concessions and good information, and following the policies and the procedures of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).
PDF icon Download this report 

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