The Disability Discrimination Act came into force in 1995, on October 1st 2004 the act was amended. Public buildings had to make sure disabled people weren’t prevented from accessing facilities. The arts is more accessible than ever for people with a disability, new technology is encouraging participation and access has improved with ramps, lifts and better signage.
Sign Language Interpreted Performance
Deaf and hard of hearing users are able to watch a signer using British Sign Language at the side of a stage.
Deaf and hard of hearing users are able to read the script of a performance on a screen. The screens are usually placed alongside the stage so users can see the actions as well as read them.
Audio Described Performance
Blind and visually impaired users are able to listen to a person describing the set, actions and movements of a performance during quiet moments through a hand/head set.
Loop System/Infra-red system
Deaf and hard of hearing users can switch their hearing aids to the T setting. This enables the hearing device to receive electromagnetic sound waves rather than the usual sound waves thus cutting out a lot of background noise. Infra-red systems can also be found in many venues.
Captions, Tactile signage Braille and Large Print
Galleries and museums provide signage next to exhibits and works of art explaining what the pieces are. Some galleries have raised art works.
Blind and visually impaired users are given a tour of a stage/gallery before an event so they can get a ‘feel’ for the space, costumes and props.
Venues displaying this sign allow assistance dogs inside the premises.