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EBU ACCESS TO CULTURE SURVEY OF 2012 MAPS THE CURRENT LEVEL OF ACCESSIBILITY IN EUROPE OF CULTURAL VENUES AND ACTIVITIES. THE SURVEY RESULTS SHOW THAT THE RIGHT OF ...

    SUMMARY REPORT

    EBU Access to Culture Survey 2012 Mapping current levels of accessibility to cultural venues and activities in Europe

SURVEY OUTCOME SHOWS:

    (visually) disabled people?s right to culture poorly implemented

Date: May 2012

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Summary Report

    EBU Access to Culture Survey 2012

    „Mapping current levels of accessibility to cultural venues

    and activities in Europe‚Äü

Content

     Introduction : the right to culture poorly implemented ....... page 2

    1. Aims ...................................................................................page 3 2. Policy Context ....................................................................page 6 3. Findings ............................................................................. page 8 4. EBU Call for Action

     to European, national and local cultural institutions,

     bodies, organisations and service providers .......................page 11

    5. Conclusion ..........................................................................page 16

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Introduction: right to culture poorly implemented

    The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with a Disability (UNCRPD) is one of EBU?s guiding documents. Article 30 says:

    States Parties recognize the right of persons with disabilities to take part on an equal basis with others in cultural life …”

    On European Level, the Council of Europe Action Plan (2006-2015) on "Full Participation of People with Disabilities in Society reads:

    "The right of people with disabilities as individuals to be fully integrated into society is dependent on them being able to participate in the cultural life of that society..."

    EBU Access to Culture Survey of 2012 maps the current level of accessibility in Europe of cultural venues and activities. The survey results show that the Right of (visually) disabled persons is poorly implemented.

    High time for action to improve the situation. This report provides the background for the EBU Survey, the political context of cultural rights and the results of the Survey. It calls for significant change and provides practical steps for stakeholders to take in order to make culture a truly accessible shared space for all.

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    1. Aims of EBU Access to Culture Survey 2012

1.1 EBU purpose

    The European Blind Union (EBU) is the united voice of blind and partially sighted people in Europe, protecting their rights and promoting their interests for full participation in social, economic, political and cultural life (www.euroblind.org).

1.2 EBU cultural beliefs

EBU believes that:

    1. full participation in society requires full participation in cultural life (as much as

     in social, political and economic life)

    2. full participation in cultural life is therefore an inseparable from the

     implementation of the UNCRPD

    3. adoption of Design for All principles for all cultural buildings, spaces, activities,

     programmes, events, exhibitions, services and information is the right and

     most creative; response to a world in which diversity is the norm.

1.3 EBU Access to Culture Project 2012

    The EBU Access to Culture (ATC) Project is a small scale pilot project, which aims to improve the accessibility to cultural venues and activities for blind and partially sighted people in Europe.

As part of the EBU ATC Project, the EBU ATC Survey findings and

    recommendations will be widely disseminated in Europe and serve as a tool for advocacy and lobbying. The ATC Survey Report is a tool for societal change and organisational change in cultural organisations. It supports:

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    ; disability organisations with advocacy and lobbying for the cultural rights of

    people with a disability

    ; culture sector policy makers, decision makers, funders and managers to take

    strategic action for the implementation of the cultural rights of people with a

    disability.

1.4 EBU Access to Culture Survey 2012

    The EBU ATC Survey Report is the main output of the EBU ATC Project 2012. It provides highly relevant Europe-wide insights into:

    ; current levels of accessibility for blind and partially sighted people to cultural

    sites, events and activities,

    ; good practice

    ; national legislation and policies for access to culture ;

    ; barriers and scope for improvement;

1.4 EBU Call for Action

The EBU ATC Survey concludes with a Call for Action for cultural policy and

    strategy change at European, national and local levels in order to urgently

    address the over-riding conclusions of the EBU ATC Survey 2012, namely:

    ; the cultural rights of people with a (visual) disability are poorly implemented

    ; many cultural sector funding and project development practices discriminate

    against people with a disability.

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2. Policy Context

2.1 Access to culture is a human and cultural right

    International policies, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (article 27) (www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/ ), clearly establish the cultural rights of people with a disability. These UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    (article 30) and Council of Europe Recommendation R(92)6 (chapter VIII - section

    8.5, www.coe.int) for:

    ; participation in culture on an equal basis (UN Convention, 2006)