Making the Journey: Arts and Disability in Australia
Arts Access Australia, Boccalatte, 2005, 96pp., ISBN 097513 230 X
Making the Journey: Arts and Disability in Australia is the title of a newly launched book about arts activities and people with disabilities, published by Arts Access Australia. Made possible by the generous support of the Australia Council for the Arts and the Department of Family and Community Services, it offers 12 case studies as examples of approaches, issues and achievements in the Australian field of art and disability in recent years.
The case studies show initiatives from the arts, health, education and training sectors and responses by cultural organisations that remove barriers to participation. A theme across all of the examples is the leadership of artists, audience members and advocates with a disability. The examples have been chosen to stimulate discussion amongst a general readership as well as practitioners and provide inspiration for change as well as practical suggestions for it.
The organisations discussed here represent just a sample of the projects and people who are 'making the journey' to widen perceptions of art and open it out to people who have traditionally been excluded from its practice. The cases have been drawn from both large and small organisations, and cover metropolitan and regional areas in all Australian states and territories.
Arts Access Australia is a national body that brings together a network of arts and disability organisations around Australia. Together they work to increase access to the arts for the one in five Australians with a disability. One way in which they do this is to assist cultural organisations meet the requirements of the 1992 Disability Discrimination Act. The Act requires businesses and organisations to make their goods, services and premises accessible for people with a disability. In the process a diverse range of inclusive arts projects have found support and been encouraged to expand.
The book also contains contacts and resources on all the subject areas covered in the case studies including local and international disability resources, plus information about approaches to disability action plans and legal definitions.
The 96-page full colour book is free and available in hardcopy and online at http://www.artsaccessaustralia.org/pdf/MakingtheJourney.pdf.
For copies of Making The Journey contact: Arts Access Australia; tel.: +61 2 9251 6844; fax: +61 2 9251 6422; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.artsaccessaustralia.org