ACCESS Foundation: Disability Equality and Unconscious Bias - DATES TBC - London

ACCESS Foundation: Disability Equality & Unconscious Bias


11.00am to 5.30pm

Develop best practice on access for d/Deaf and disabled people in theatre audiences and workforce, with our NEW modular course.

Start with Access Foundation: Disability Equality & Unconscious Bias, and then deepen your knowledge with a range of modules.

The Access Foundation module will provide you with a solid foundation on which to base your planning and policy-making around disability equality in your organisation. You will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions to ensure that the day is relevant to your work. 

Delegates will need to attend Disability Equality & Unconscious Bias: Foundation before attending any of the following modules.


Book THREE places on the Access Foundation module for the price of TWO. 

Email us for availability

The course covers three main areas: the case for disability equality at your theatre, including basic facts and figures and an introduction to your duties under the Equality Act (2010); an exploration of tools and resources, including case studies and a look at appropriate terminology; and looking at the ‘way we do things’. examining those things we take for granted in our organisations that may be working against our equality aspirations.

  • This course is suitable for anyone working in theatre; disability equality is not just a front of house responsibility, but must permeate your organisation if there is to be real impact


  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the Social Model of disability and its implications for the way theatres work
  • be able to critique the cultural assumptions of your organisation in order to minimise the impact of unconscious bias in your organisation
  • be able to describe your main duties under the Equality Act (2010)
  • have the beginnings of an action plan for embedding disability equality in your theatre
  • have ideas for where to go for further information

Michèle Taylor is Director for Change at Ramps on the Moon, the Arts Council funded consortium of mid-scale mainstream theatres seeking to increase the number and visibility of D/deaf and disabled people in the industry. She has been delivering training in disability issues for nearly thirty years and has a background as a theatre practitioner, including work with Graeae Theatre. She is committed to ensuring that D/deaf and disabled people’s stories are told in our theatres.

Michèle’s training sessions are interactive and dynamic, with space to bring doubts, anxieties and concerns as well as strategies, ideas and enthusiasm.

Michèle is a registered member of the Institute of Equality and Diversity Practitioners.


Jeni Draper is Artistic Director of fingersmiths, a visual physical theatre company performing plays in BSL and spoken/written English and also a freelance director. Jeni is a qualified sign language interpreter specialising in performing arts. She runs workshops and delivers consultancy for theatres nationally, interpreters and for young people.

Daryl Jackson is a sign language consultant and linguistic expert in translation. He has worked with many theatres, TV and film companies in this role, monitoring actors and presenters. He has taught Interpreting and Sign Theatre at Universities and regularly delivers workshops nationally. Daryl is also an actor and TV presenter.


£180+VAT, Non-Members

£140+VAT, UK Theatre & SOLT Members (after 02/01/19) ITC, FST, ABO and ABTT Members

£100+VAT, UK Theatre & SOLT Members if booked on or before 2 January 2019


  • Foundation: Disability equality & unconscious bias -  Buy 2 places get 1 free place - email to redeem offer  
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