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 ukt@soltukt.co.uk.

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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

For additional resources, please see the 'disability-led theatre organisations and consultancies' and 'national disability charities' tabs below. Many of the organisations listed in these sections have comprehensive resources on their websites aimed at employers.

The following organisations work within the creative industries and offer resources and consultancy services for other organisations.

A Younger Theatre has compiled a comprehensive list of theatre companies that are run by and for disabled people across the UK: https://www.ayoungertheatre.com/disabled-theatre-companies-and-organisations-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.

SOLT and UK Theatre have partnered with Michèle Taylor, Director for Change at Ramps on the Moon, on an online series of access training. The following recorded webinars are available to view free and on-demand at TheatreMeansBusiness.info:

Take a look at the 'disability-led theatre organisations and consultancies' tab above, as several of these companies also offer training courses. For more general diversity and inclusion training, please see our Diversity and Inclusion Resource Library.

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