Removing Barriers to D/deaf and Disabled People

Removing Barriers for D/deaf and Disabled People

One of the core aims of SOLT and UK Theatre's workforce development strategy is to ensure that that the theatre and performing arts workforce is diverse and represents the UK population.

This page focuses on access resources. It signposts to guides, toolkits organisations and other tools to help theatre employers remove barriers which may be preventing D/deaf and Disabled people from thriving within your workforce. These resources will also help you to improve accessibility for audiences.

We are continually looking to improve this page. If you have any resources you think we should be adding, or if this page needs to be updated, please email us on

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The following resources are focused specifically on access and removing barriers for d/Deaf and disabled people. For other diversity and inclusion resources, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion Resource Library.

General Access Resources

Removing barriers for your audience

Removing barriers for your workforce

The following organisations work within the creative industries and offer resources and consultancy services for other organisations. Many of the organisations listed have comprehensive resources on their websites aimed at employers.

  • Access All Areas: A learning disabled and autistic theatre company who also offer a Performance Making Diploma for learning disabled adults as well as consultancy services
  • Attitude is Everything: A charity working to improve Deaf and disabled people's access to live music. The resources section on their website features many practical guides relevant to theatre employers, and they also offer training courses and consultancy services
  • Disability Arts Online: An organisation led by disabled people, set up to advance disability arts and culture. Their website contains a wealth of resources and they offer consultancy services
  • Graeae Theatre: A deaf and disabled theatre company who also offer access support and consultancy
  • Neurodivergent Creatives Network: A network for neurodivergent creatives in the arts to help address issues faced by artists, share opportunities and highlight work by its members
  • Ramps on the Moon: A a collaborative partnership, led by the New Wolsey Theatre, of six National Portfolio Organisation theatres. They aim to enrich storytelling by normalising  the presence of deaf and disabled people on and off stage. The website contains lots of useful resources for employers
  • Shape Arts : A disability led arts organisation which works to improve access to culture for disabled people, and provides resources, training and access audits for organisations
  • Touretteshero: a project to celebrate and share the creativity and humour of Tourettes in an accessible way, with the widest possible audience, and increase awareness of Tourettes and its challenges
  • Unlimited: An arts commissioning programme that enables new work by disabled artists to reach UK and international audiences. Their website features a useful resources section
  • Vocal Eyes: An audio description organisation working to bring art and culture to life for blind and visually impaired people. They offer audio description services and training for the theatre and performing arts sector

A Younger Theatre has compiled a comprehensive list of theatre companies that are run by and for disabled people across the UK. 

The following charities may be able to help with specific access requirements. Please note - inclusion of these links is not to endorse an impairment-based approach, but rather to signpost to specific charities with useful information about removing barriers for their particular user groups. Several of these charities have dedicated resources for employers available on their websites.

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