Realwheels proudly announced the completion of Phase 1 of their Cultural Infrastructure Project. And they present the report from the first phase of their Theatre Accessibility needs assessment.
The project is a partnership with Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture and the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC) to address the limited number of theatre venues that are truly and fully accessible for artists/performers, theatre technicians, and patrons with disabilities.
Throughout the spring and fall of 2016, SPARC BC conducted a Needs Assessment of Accessible Performance Spaces in the City of Vancouver, which included a review of leading practices and feedback from the broader community. We asked: What is currently working well? What are the gaps and challenges in regards to accessible theatre venues? We created an accessibility audit checklist, after which our multi-disability audit team undertook a thorough audit of one theatre venue.
Below is a link to the final report, which encapsulates the findings and includes the accessibility audit checklist, along with the details of our audit of the Firehall Arts Centre.
The long-term goal of this project is to increase accessibility at theatre venues for artists, technical staff, and patrons with disabilities.
Realwheels invites you to read this report and most importantly to use it, share it and open up dialogue around issues of accessibility in our city.
CLICK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE FULL 2017 REPORT:
Needs Assessment of Accessible Performance Spaces