Posted 06.04.2022

D/deaf, Disabled & Neurodiverse people have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and many have had real concerns about returning to public spaces such as theatres and arts centres.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland, in collaboration with Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales and the British Film Institute are developing a joint scheme to make it easier for disabled people to access the arts.

The scheme will improve access to the arts for D/deaf, Disabled & Neurodiverse people access the arts by:

  • Only requiring individuals to share their access needs once – these will be shared with venues they wishes to visit in NI or the UK;  
  • Enabling disabled people book tickets online;
  • Providing free companion tickets; and
  • Enhancing front of house support.

To ensure we meet the needs of audiences living across Northern Ireland, we have asked Perceptive Insight, a local research company, to undertake some specific research with D/deaf, Disabled & Neurodiverse people. 

If you identify as disabled and you have an interest in attending the arts the Arts Council of Northern Ireland would like to hear from you about a new disability access card scheme.  The survey has been anonymised to protect individual’s identity.

Read more and take the survey

The survey closes at midnight on Friday 15th April.

If you need more information on the scheme please contact: [email protected]

If you need help completing the survey, or would like any more information on the scheme contact the Perceptive Insight free-phone number 0333 323 696.