Arts Access Victoria (AAV) respects how Deaf and Disabled people choose to define disability in their own way.
We use the term ‘Deaf and Disabled people’ in line with the Social Model of Disability. We use this definition as an act of pride and solidarity.
The term ‘Deaf and Disabled people’ includes anyone with a lived experience of disability. This could be:
We use ‘Deaf’ to respect the right of the Deaf community to label their experience as one of cultural and linguistic difference.
At AAV, everything we do is guided by the Social Model of Disability.
It was developed by Deaf and Disabled people to point out and fight discrimination. It is there to help Deaf and Disabled people live their lives the way they want to. And it shows the world how to include Deaf and Disabled people based on equality and human rights.
It recognises that people are disabled by the barriers created by society. A barrier might be physical, like a building only having stairs and no lift. Another barrier might be the way people communicate or behave.
By using the word ‘disability’ to mean barriers and discrimination, we involve everyone in identifying and removing those barriers and in acting against discrimination.
AAV is a disability-led arts organisation.
In an arts practice context, this means that Deaf and Disabled people have creative control of the projects.
In an organisational context, this means that the organisation is run by a majority of Deaf and Disabled people.