Throughout the summers of 2008 and 2009, Attitude is Everything worked in partnership with ISAN (the Independent Street Arts Network) to make Outdoor Arts Events accessible to Deaf and disabled people. In March 2010, we produced all our research in one FREE Access Toolkit which is available in a range of formats.
To incorporate our learning into the Our View Project
To host our ‘Making Outdoor Arts Events Accessible’ training sessions in every region before summer 2012
“At first I thought ‘What’s the problem? It’s in the street, everyone can see it!’ but it was a real eye opener working on the Access Audit with Attitude is Everything. We found straight away that there were a number of simple steps we could undertake without much cost. Now we have completed our second year of improving access I view the festival very differently, and there are noticeably more disabled attendees at the festival than before.”
Sian Thomas, former Director of Winchester Hat Fair
“When I spoke to Sian, she said there were a lot of things she would've liked to have in place were it not for cost restrictions. She mentioned Induction Loops, and BSL at performances, as well as improving the signage. I found the programme sufficient for helping me get around the Fair. It was helpful to have the times and venues of the performances printed, so I could plan things. Certainly, this would be of help to someone who found it difficult dealing with crowds, and who may need assistance from the stewards to get a good view of the shows. This was one of the Hat Fair's Disability Equality Training Action Points.”
Attitude is Everything’s Mystery Shopper verdict after attending the 2009 festival