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The services include - Closed Captions, Sign Language interpreting, Audio Description, Tactile Tours of stage/performers, and Relaxed Performances.
The Campaign aims to reach European, Regional and National governments, as well as, Theatre Producers, owners/managers of theatre venues, stakeholders from the field of disability and accessibility services providers.
During the event the various parameters will be discussed and a report will be submitted to the Conference on recommendations that need to be adapted at European level to include accessibility services for theatre performances, as a standard commonly used practice for theatre productions rather than an exception which is the case at present.
Participants from around the world are welcome to participate to share knowledge and good practices on the subject.
The event is co-hosted by ATER Fondazione, Italy who are the leading partners of the project Inclusive Theatre(s) co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
Event reportACCESS SERVICES for the Disabled Audiences- INCLUSIVE THEATER(S) Creative Europe project Inclusive Theater(s) organised on Wednesday 12/01/2022 a virtual event to promote the campaign ‘We All Need Theater’ W.A.N.T. https://weallneedtheatre.eu/ The scope of the campaign is to advocate access services for disabled audiences. The event was held in the framework of the Conference on the Future of Europe https://futureu.europa.eu/processes/Education/f/37/meetings/104875 and the findings of the event along with the campaign’s Manifesto for Access Services is submitted to the Conference for the European Commission, Council and Parliament to consider legislative action and issue directives to member States to include access services as a regular practice for disabled audiences. The Campaign’s Manifesto is as follows: Inclusive Theater(s) a Creative Europe project has launched a campaign propagating ACCESS SERVICES FOR DISABLED PEOPLE in theatres. The campaign launched includes a Manifesto for directives and legislation at European and national level to have the following implemented: 1. It is a fundamental Human Right for those citizens with physical, cognitive, and sensory impairments to have equal access to theatres and theatrical productions, their promotional, contextual and performance material. 2.Quality Audio Description and Tactile Tours should be an integral feature of all stage productions for audiences with visual impairments, or limited access to the visual information. 3. Surtitles, with characteristics of Closed Captions /SDH, and Sign Language Interpretation should be an integral feature of all stage productions for D/deaf and for hard of hearing audiences, people with limited access to the auditory information. 4.Relaxed performances should be regularly scheduled for audiences with cognitive and mental impairments. 5.The quality of ACCESS SERVICES should be assured by the early integration of the services during the production process, Directors are to introduce their teams from the early rehearsals into the presence of ACCESS SERVICES. The professionals assigned with the services need to be properly trained not only to the skills required but also to the needs of the audience they serve. 6. EU and individual States should ensure that directives and legislation is passed to support financially, technically and through enhanced educational processes the ACCESS SERVICE providers, users, and recipients so that standards of quality are enforced and assessed regularly, including evaluation of the content as a whole and the services individually. 7. Budgetary provisions at European and National levels should be considered to financially assist theatres to integrate ACCESS SERVICES in their mainstream productions. CAMPAIGN SPONSORS: 1. ATER Fondazione MODENA, Italy 2. Arena Theatre – University of Wolverhampton WOLVERHAMPTON, United Kingdom 3. Plavo Theatre BELGRAD, Serbia 4. Sao Luiz Municipal Theatre – EGEAC LISBON, Portugal 5. Audiosigno MERIDA, Spain 6. THEAMA – Theatre for the Disabled ATHENS, Greece
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