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ADAPT: training for arts organisations

Arts Access Victoria developed the innovative arts and disability action plan training (ADAPT) program for Arts Victoria, Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Victorian Office for Disability, the Department of Human Services.

An Australian first, ADAPT is a wide-ranging program of training, support and practical resources developed by Arts Access Victoria to encourage and support Victorian arts and cultural organisations to plan for access, make long-term change and ‘open their doors’ to artists and audience members with disability.

“The ADAPT training both reinforced the great start our venue has made with access as well as discussing where we are going from here” – ADAPT participant

Delivered in two half days of interactive training, ADAPT further supports participants for three months, during which time they can access advice and consultation.In addition, a bank of arts-specific resources is available online at the Creative Victoria website.

Two of the best measures of ADAPT’s success are the shift in perception about disability and inclusion by individuals and their workplaces, and the practical impact the training had on the participants after they attended.

  • A dramatic increase in individual understanding of inclusion and disability with 96% of respondents reporting an increase in personal understanding, post training
  • A significant increase in organisational understanding of inclusion and disability. 100% of respondents reported an increase in organisational understanding of inclusion and disability
  • A substantial increase in the perceived confidence of organisations to include people with disability, with 35% reporting a significant increase in confidence, post training.

ADAPT has something for everyone from the disability inclusion newbie to the more sophisticated planner.

For more information about ADAPT, please contact Phoebe Neilson at Arts Access Victoria [email protected].

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