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Speech bubbleWe work collaboratively to transform and enrich arts and culture. Drawing on a wealth of lived experience of disability and professional expertise we work with organisations from the arts and cultural sector and further afield to help build a more accessible, inclusive and creative society.

We offer bespoke opportunities for organisations of all sizes, from one-off sessions to in-depth advice and partnerships.  In 2018-19, 100% of the organisations we worked with said they’d be very likely to recommend us to colleagues in the sector seeking a similar service. See who we’ve worked with and what they say about us.

How we can work with you

Woman pointing at sticky notesWe offer a range of support packages tailored to your organisation which can be delivered face-to-face and/or remotely. Detailed below are the areas of work that we specialise in, and a package can be constructed from a mixture of any of these.

Contact us for more information and a conversation about how we can work with you:     

Content Creation, Arts Journalism, Copywriting and Editing

As the world’s leading publishers on disability in the arts, we work with you to develop appropriate messaging for projects and programmes. We can also deliver or advise on creating accessible and engaging content including articles, films, podcasts and audio description. We have a skilled cohort of disabled content creators who can bring a unique perspective to your work. We also collaborate with trusted colleagues to increase our offer to include all aspects of diversity and intersectionality. 

Project management and advice for accessible websites 

If you’re looking to deliver an accessible project website, we can advise on planning, design, navigation and content. Clients often ask us to manage the relationship with the web developers and designers to ensure a smooth process. 

Programme development with an emphasis on the Creative Case for Diversity 

We offer ongoing support and advice throughout your planning and development process, which will enable you to embed the Creative Case in your long-term artistic programme. As the hub for critical discussion for disabled-led work, we bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to help analyse your existing programme and make improvements for artists and audiences. This includes connecting you to appropriate professional disabled artists and inclusive companies in a way that fosters meaningful relationships. We can also offer co-commissioning of disabled-led work to help build confidence in creating accessible opportunities for artists to be programmed. 

Critical friend

Man giving poetry readingDisability Arts Online can be a critical friend to you and your organisation at any point during project development and delivery. We are often approached to advise on making programmes accessible and attractive to disabled artists at the funding application stage. We are also experienced bid writers and can provide critical feedback and proof-reading services. During project delivery, we can review work, help design user feedback, deliver or advise on accessible and engaging content and provide independent critical feedback on all aspects of project delivery. The British Council have made particular use of this service: “The partnership has helped with the knowledge development of our arts specialist teams – building the confidence of our teams to engage more in the work of disabled artists. Knowing we have a critical friend – but one with immense networks and expertise, is a hugely comforting place to be for a large and complex organisation.”   

Introducing Social Model thinking into organisations at all levels

SPeech bubbleDisability Equality Training is an essential item in the staff training calendar. Ensuring all your staff are up to date will increase good customer service, staff confidence and help make sure you are compliant with current Equality legislation. We have a group of excellent, qualified trainers on hand, all of whom have lived experience of disability. Beyond Disability Equality Training we can work with you to embed social model approaches in all aspects of your organisation. Thinking about disability in terms of barriers and not impairment can transform the way disabled people feel about and engage with your organisation. We can work with your marketing and front of house teams, senior management and board to help you to evaluate your current practices and plan for a more accessible and inclusive future.

Events and public speaking  

If you are holding an event in which you want to address disability or diversity in arts and culture then Disability Arts Online’s team can offer keynote speeches, host discussions and sit on panel debates. We can also help you plan the event, identify appropriate speakers from across the sector, advise on accessible formats and chair panel discussions. We can also provide experienced journalists to cover the events and publish the material in our online magazine (monthly readership 25K).

Speech bubbleWorkshop delivery for disabled participants

We have a track record of delivering workshops in arts writing, poetry, visual arts, critique and career development for artists. We can work with your organisation to design bespoke programmes with a number of different delivery and co-delivery models that respond to the needs of the participants. Disability Arts Online also provides a unique platform for publishing content created from the workshops. 


One-off sessions (in person or via Skype)

Group workshop sessionIf you feel you don’t have an ongoing need and just want to access some quick advice, we also offer one-off sessions via Skype or in-person. Hour-long Skype sessions cost £100 (the fee includes preparation time and a copy of notes taken during the session). Premium listings members can receive two Skype sessions per year, for free. Face-to-face sessions are priced individually, please contact us to discuss. We can offer batch discounts for the purchase of multiple sessions.

  • Understanding and implementing the Creative Case for Diversity: How the Arts Council’s Creative Case was developed, examples of its application, how to integrate the Creative Case in your organisation. 
  • Understanding disability in the arts: History of the Disability Arts movement, the role of the social model, access for artists and audiences, programming work by disabled artists. 
  • Developing a diverse workforce: employing disabled people: From attracting disabled applicants with accessible recruitment processes through to creating an accessible and inclusive work environment.
  • Developing a diverse workforce: Access to Work: An overview of what Access to Work is, how it can help employers to reduce barriers individuals face in the workplace, eligibility, what you can apply for, how to apply, how to manage monthly claims and scenario workshopping.  
  • Your questions on disability and accessibility answered: Do you have a burning question relating to access or disability? Nervous about getting it wrong? We can troubleshoot your concerns and increase your confidence with disabled artists and audiences. 

Our clients

Speech bubbleWe’ve helped Bristol Music Trust to develop the messaging for their new initiative; The National Centre for Inclusive Excellence

We have an ongoing relationship with The British Council to support them in the delivery of Disability Arts International, a website and newsletter aimed at overseas arts professionals. “Disability Arts Online have brought not only their expertise, knowledge and network to the partnership but also their excellent delivery skills. They continue to balance attention to detail and meeting of targets and schedules with taking the time for genuine exchange, nuanced conversation, and generosity with their knowledge and deep understanding of the UK disability arts scene.”

We are the main media partner for Unlimited – the UK’s leading disabled artists commissioning programme administered by Shape Arts and Artsadmin, which enables new work by disabled artists to reach UK and international audiences. We are contracted to profile Unlimited artists on our website and a wide range of other arts platforms. We also performed this role for The Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Festival in 2012.

Disability and Community: Dis/engagement, Dis/enfranchisement, Dis/parity and Dissent: (D4D) is a four-year AHRC funded, Connected Communities programme research project investigating the evolving ways in which disabled people express, perform, experience and practice ‘community’. We have overseen the development and delivery of the project website, coordinating content from academic and community partners. Disability Arts Online is also a community co-investigator on Electric Bodies – one of the project’s eight research strands.

National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA)Speech bubbles brings to life the heritage and rich history of the Disability Arts Movement. We are supporting the telling of a heritage story that began in the late 1970s having produced a series of recorded contextual essays, recorded interviews and audio-descriptions of specific artworks, accessed online as part of the presentation of material from the archive in the new NDACA wing at Bucks New University.

We are currently working with Creative Scotland to develop a career development scheme for disabled writers. Other previous clients include the Creative Diversity Network, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Creative Arts East, DAiSY (Disability Arts in Surrey), The Southbank Centre and Arts Council England.  

Get in touch

Please contact Trish Wheatley for any enquiries, pricing information, bookings and to discuss how we can support you.