An audience at a performance

Societal benefit

  • Disabled people are significantly less likely than non-disabled people to have participated in cultural, leisure or sporting activities. Welcoming disabled people into your venue can contribute to changing this – which will have wider societal benefits.
  • The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (adopted in 2006) states that:

“States Parties recognise the right of persons with disabilities to take part on an equal basis with others in cultural life, and shall take all appropriate measures to ensure that persons with disabilities:

    • enjoy access to cultural materials in accessible formats;
    • enjoy access to television programmes, films, theatre and other cultural activities, in accessible formats;
    • enjoy access to places for cultural performances or services, such as theatres, museums, cinemas, libraries and tourism services, and, as far as possible, enjoy access to monuments and sites of national cultural importance.”
  • Visiting your theatre can boost a D/deaf or disabled person’s confidence and make them more likely to take an active part in other areas of their community life, such as volunteering.
  • Being flexible as an employer and valuing D/deaf and disabled people as workers will increase the number of disabled people in paid work.

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