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EQUAL VOICES ARTS: passionate about inclusive approaches to making theatre, providing accessible training opportunities and raising the profile of New Zealand Sign Language on stage. Read more

Universal design and access

UNIVERSAL DESIGN AND ACCESS: “I want to see events where everyone is able to attend, learn and contribute … and include people with disability as access consultants, focused on fixing our environment first,” says the eloquent Sarah Houbolt, international circus and physical theatre performer, arts manager and diversity advocate, in a TEDx Talk. Sarah was the inaugural recipient of the Arts Access Artistic Achievement Award 2012.

Advocacy in practice

Erin Gough at the Arts Access Awards 2017HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCACY: Erin Gough, an Arts Access Aotearoa trustee and a human rights advisor at the Human Rights Commission, talks to Lynn Freeman on RNZ’s Nine to Noon about attending the UN conference on the rights of people with disabilities and the various issues she encounters as a wheelchair user. Listen to the interview 

Video promotes chamber music for all 

FEELING CONNECTED: “What can we do that’s the easiest thing for us to all feel connected? Make some music together. So simple,” says community musician Julian Raphael in a video about Chamber Music New Zealand’s relaxed workshops and concerts for people with intellectual disability. Read more about the video.

Video speaks out about access

BETTER FOR EVERYONE: “The good thing about being focused on access and accessibility is that you create a better experience for everybody,” says Philip Patston, one of several disabled people speaking on a video about the importance of providing access to the arts for everyone in society.  Read more about the video.


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