An audience at a performance

Advocacy for Access Co-ordinators

Familiarise yourself with the toolkit for Senior Managers. The information contained in those documents can form the basis of your advocacy for assisted performances, and also for embedding that service into the organisation.

Information

To supplement this, you could:

  1. collect feedback and personal stories of people who attend assisted performances;
  2. gather information about local communities of D/deaf, blind and partially sighted people so that you know your audiences, actual and potential.

All of this will provide you with rich material to share with SMT and strengthen the case for assisted performances at your venue.

Lobby

In addition, you can:

  1. lobby for a rolling programme of Disability Equality and Deaf Awareness training;
  2. lobby for staff induction to include reference to the organisation’s commitment to inclusion.

Partnerships

It is important to:

  1. make relationships with people and groups from these communities to inform decision-making and the development of the service;
  2. continue to network with colleagues across the country, sharing successes and challenges as well as strategies for dealing with difficulties

Don’t forget to make use of the rest of the Access Co-ordinator’s toolkit as well, to strengthen the status and reputation of assisted performances in your organisation.

There is of course also a legal obligation for your organisation to make your services accessible; more information about that can be found in the technical section of this website.

Now go to: Sharing the responsibility