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DaDaFest are teaming up with NSDF!

Disability and Deaf arts organisation, DaDaFest, have launched an initiative for young Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists in partnership with NSDF. DaDaFest x NSDF is an opportunity to come together and create a piece of new and exciting work to be premiered at ...

DaDaFest are teaming up with NSDF!

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Clore Leadership - Inclusive Cultures Programme

A six-month disabled led programme for cultural leaders wanting to challenge themselves to do better around inclusion and access in their organisations or practice. Inclusive Cultures is designed by Diverse City in association with Sarah Pickthall, and commissioned by Clore ...

Clore Leadership – Inclusive Cultures Programme

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Everyone has a story to tell

This blog was based on a conversation that DJ had with Paul Morrow and Sarah Archdeacon. Our conversations moved across a number of topics and demonstrated how passionate DJ is as a dancer, teacher and the Associate Artistic Director ...

Everyone has a story to tell

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Adam Boddinson's schools perspective at the Cultural Inclusion Conference 2021

Adam Boddinson's school perspective at the Cultural Inclusion Conference 2021 Adam, the Chief Executive of NASEN, presents perspectives from schools, highlighting research which showed that schools who already understood diversity and inclusion faired better during lockdowns than those who did ...

Adam Boddinson’s schools perspective at the Cultural Inclusion Conference 2021

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Guest Blog: Being an NQT with children with special educational needs

My name is Aoife and I am a newly qualified teacher in West London. I work with children and young people with special educational needs and I am passionate about ensuring that they have the same range of opportunities as ...

Guest Blog: Being an NQT with children with special educational needs

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Anna Hoddinott's funder perspective to the Cultural Inclusion Conference 2021

Anna Hoddinott's funder perspective at the Cultural Inclusion Conference 2021 Anna presents the work John Lyon's Charity has done to progress inclusion in arts and culture and highlights the active steps they have taken to do more in this space ...

Anna Hoddinott’s funder perspective to the Cultural Inclusion Conference 2021

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Lisha Aquino Rooney's parent perspective at the Cultural Inclusion Conference 2021

Lisha Aquino Rooney's parent perspective at the Cultural Inclusion Conference 2021 Lisha shares personal stories of her son, who is autistic, experiencing art and from this provides advice to museums and galleries on how to be more welcoming to people ...

Lisha Aquino Rooney’s parent perspective at the Cultural Inclusion Conference 2021

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Stephen Unwin at the Cultural Inclusion Conference 2021

Stephen Unwin's speech to the Cultural Inclusion Conference 2021 Stephen shares the joy of living with his severely learning disabled son and warns of the dangers of negative language surrounding disabilities and the impact this has on wider society. The ...

Stephen Unwin at the Cultural Inclusion Conference 2021

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Paul Morrow's keynote to the Cultural Inclusion Conference 2021

Paul Morrow's keynote to the Cultural Inclusion Conference 2021 The co-author of the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto welcomed delegates to the conference and set out some of the challenges for the months ahead with this keynote speech. The conference on the ...

Paul Morrow’s keynote to the Cultural Inclusion Conference 2021

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Portraits of Grit at the Cultural Inclusion Conference 2021

April Li presents Portraits of Grit to the Cultural Inclusion Conference 2021 This is the second video from the conference to be released. The conference on the 26th February 2021, brought together disabled people, parents, disability organisations, schools and arts ...

Portraits of Grit at the Cultural Inclusion Conference 2021

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First video from the Cultural Inclusion Conference 2021

Marsha de Cordova, the Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, welcomes delegates to the Cultural Inclusion Conference 2021 This is the first video from the conference to be released. More of the presentations will follow once they have ...

First video from the Cultural Inclusion Conference 2021

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Guest Blog: What Indoor Cultural Institutions Can Learn from Outdoor Art

Let’s be honest. Lockdown has been a ghastly time, particularly for autistic individuals who manage better with a routine, consistency, social interaction with individuals with whom they are familiar and can trust, and plenty of time and space to be ...

Guest Blog: What Indoor Cultural Institutions Can Learn from Outdoor Art

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Why a conference on inclusion now?

There is no more of an opportune moment to discuss cultural inclusion. We know that during the pandemic there have been huge movements forward that have enabled meaningful access and inclusion. People who work in this space have continued to ...

Why a conference on inclusion now?

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Guest Blog: The highs and lows of Covid Culture

Aside from the challenges of home schooling three children, 2 on the autism spectrum, it has been a difficult time for the life of this museum access consultant. The simple fact that I have gone from being busier than I ...

Guest Blog: The highs and lows of Covid Culture

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Cultural Inclusion in the age of COVID

26th February 2021 - Virtual conference - Save the date The Cultural Inclusion Manifesto is a campaign to ensure that disabled people have access to all aspects of culture and heritage. As creators and consumers; as employees and volunteers; as the ...

Cultural Inclusion in the age of COVID

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Arts Council England Strategy 2020-2030

Arts Council England has released its strategy ‘Let’s Create’ for the next 10 years and puts inclusion high on the agenda. “The support that we give to creative practitioners, particularly D/deaf and disabled people, those from Black and minority ethnic ...

Arts Council England Strategy 2020-2030

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The Inclusive Action Plan - in GEM Access and Inclusion

The Inclusive Action Plan has been included in GEM’s Access and Inclusion publication, see more (p27) ...

The Inclusive Action Plan – in GEM Access and Inclusion

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Why the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto?

See Paul Morrow’s slides and notes from his presentation to the New Voices Conference, with HM Chief Inspector of Education in the audience. The presentation outlines the need for The Cultural Inclusion Manifesto, how it came about, what has been ...

Why the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto?

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Cultural Inclusion Progress Update

It has been very busy here at the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Anita, Rachael and Matt in pushing the conversation further and ensuring that inclusion is very much part of the agenda. We are ...

Cultural Inclusion Progress Update

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No access, no public funding?

Five years after first highlighting discriminatory attitudes in ArtsProfessional, the Government’s Disability Champion for Arts and Culture Andrew Miller reflects on progress towards inclusion. See more ...

No access, no public funding?

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The Inclusive Access Plan

Rationale The Cultural Inclusion manifesto not only seeks to be a space where best inclusive practice can be shared across a number of fields, it also seeks to be a platform for activism for positive change with a focus on ...

The Inclusive Access Plan

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Prom 24: Relaxed Prom at the Royal Albert Hall

The BBC Philharmonic performs Russian classics by Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky in a more relaxed environment – suitable for children and adults with autism, sensory and communication impairments and learning disabilities, as well as individuals who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind and ...

Prom 24: Relaxed Prom at the Royal Albert Hall

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Cultural Inclusion House of Commons Event

Sharon Hodgson MP hosted the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto reception at the House of Commons on the 22nd January 2019. The event was a celebration of the growing commitment to the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto and for arts and culture being open ...

Cultural Inclusion House of Commons Event

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Cultural Inclusion Manifesto House of Commons Event

Cultural Inclusion Manifesto Equal access to the arts for children and young people with disabilities A briefing to support press, speakers and policy teams (click here to download this page as a pdf) Sharon Hodgson MP hosts the Cultural Inclusion ...

Cultural Inclusion Manifesto House of Commons Event

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Snowman and Paddington Performance

Everyone is welcome at the Royal Albert Hall’s Relaxed Performance of The Snowman™ and Paddington Bear™, this Christmas. Enjoy a double-bill of classic stories, with musical accompaniment from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, in a relaxed setting. See more Delight ...

Snowman and Paddington Performance

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Village School - barriers to access

The Village School session at the Cultural Inclusion Conference asked 'How do we make things that are not happening happen?' They explored the barriers for disabled people accessing culture and arts, these are some of their responses: ...

Village School – barriers to access

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nasen Connect on Cultural Inclusion

Have a look at this article on the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto in nasen Connect. The magazine from the National Association of Special Educational Needs is published every two months and is sent to it’s Silver and Gold members who are ...

nasen Connect on Cultural Inclusion

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Cultural Inclusion Conference - 18th October 2018

We were delighted to hold the inaugural Cultural Inclusion Conference on 18 October. Over 100 delegates from across education, arts and cultural organisations and disability bodies came together to explore access to arts and culture for people with young people ...

Cultural Inclusion Conference – 18th October 2018

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NASEN offer for cultural organisations

At the cultural inclusion conference at the Hammersmith Lyric last week, I promised to send you some information about how you can engage with nasen moving forwards.  Our offer around cultural inclusion continues to evolve, but there are two ways ...

NASEN offer for cultural organisations

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State of Museum Access 2018

VocalEyes, in collaboration with Stagetext and Autism in Museums are delighted to publish the State of Museum Access 2018 and launch the Museum Access Pledge. See more ...

State of Museum Access 2018

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Support for the arts in schools

Labour and Prince Charles vow to support creativity in schools, the Guardian reports. Artists and politicians at Royal Albert Hall event voice concerns over slide of arts in school. See more ...

Support for the arts in schools

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Link: Rhythmix ending talking about SEN/D

Rhythmix are joining others in moving away from using the term SEN/D – they are going to END talking about SEN/D! See more to find out why ...

Link: Rhythmix ending talking about SEN/D

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Link: The Unusual Suspects

Colouring books for all ages and abilities by Dan White. See more ...

Link: The Unusual Suspects

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Link: RA Summer Exhibition

Author of the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto and Lead Practitioner of the Creative Arts at Westminster Special Schools, Paul Morrow, leads a curated 30-minute tour of five works from this year’s Summer Exhibition. 2nd August 2018. See more ...

Link: RA Summer Exhibition

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Blog: Cultural Inclusion Response to the Draft Culture Strategy for London

The Cultural Inclusion Manifesto is a recently launched initiative which aims to ensure that the cultural offer in London is both inclusive and sustainable. We are passionate about the rights of disabled children and young people to access a broad ...

Blog: Cultural Inclusion Response to the Draft Culture Strategy for London

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Link: A Long Letter to Joey

There is much debate about curriculum content at the moment. A significant and feisty debate on the cultural canon for our schools. This great piece from Stephen Unwin shows why it is so important that the art and culture we ...

Link: A Long Letter to Joey

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Link: Is Silence Golden?

Blog by Martin Boniface. Last month, my son, Harry was excited to go to the theatre. Harry has severe learning disabilities, epilepsy and no speech, Harry loves animals and when his Dimensions support worker took him to see Into the Woods, a ...

Link: Is Silence Golden?

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News: London launch for Cultural Inclusion Manifesto

School Travel Organiser report The Lyric Theatre Hammersmith recently hosted the official launch of the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto, a statement of intent to address children’s needs for better access to cultural and arts opportunities. See more ...

News: London launch for Cultural Inclusion Manifesto

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Blog: A manifesto to ensure cultural inclusion for all

AND Advocate Paul Morrow introduces the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto – a guiding set of principles to help achieve real inclusion. See more ...

Blog: A manifesto to ensure cultural inclusion for all

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Link: Ballet classes for an ‘inclusive society’

Meet the Flamingo Chicks, the ballet that encourage inclusivity and where youngsters of all abilities can enjoy themselves. BBC: see more ...

Link: Ballet classes for an ‘inclusive society’

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Link: Wellbeing through arts and culture

The Arts Council believe that making and experiencing arts and culture can transform quality of life for individuals and communities. Take a look at the projects and information below to find out more, and help them to spread the word ...

Link: Wellbeing through arts and culture

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Cultural Inclusion Newsletter - 11th May 2018

See the first Cultural Inclusion Newsletter here ...

Cultural Inclusion Newsletter – 11th May 2018

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News: Cultural Inclusion in Schools Week today

Great to have coverage in Schools Week for Cultural Inclusion. See more and go to page 19 ...

News: Cultural Inclusion in Schools Week today

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Event: West London Arts Festival

A partnership between four Special Needs Schools and two London cultural institutions; The Wallace Collection and The Lyric Theatre Hammersmith See more ...

Event: West London Arts Festival

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Link: The Arts, Health & Wellbeing

A briefing paper from the Cultural Learning Alliance on why the arts make us happier and healthier. See more. ...

Link: The Arts, Health & Wellbeing

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News: School Travel Organiser promotes the manifesto

Thanks to School Travel Organiser for promoting the Cultural Inclusion manifesto in their April 2018 edition of their magazine for secondary schools. See more (go to page 6) ...

News: School Travel Organiser promotes the manifesto

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Example: Licence to Learn

An impressive example of what can be achieved in providing a rich cultural experience for pupils through partnerships with external groups and providers. See more ...

Example: Licence to Learn

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Example: Accessibility & the Arts

Accessibility & the Arts: Shining a light on initiatives across the country This blog from Arts Award highlights that Arts should be accessible to everyone. It shows how many arts and cultural organisations across the country are working hard to ...

Example: Accessibility & the Arts

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Link: Arts should be available on prescription

Dr Daisy Fancourt argues that doctors should be able to prescribe arts to patients they think would benefit. See more. ...

Link: Arts should be available on prescription

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Link: Disabled music fans face ticketing barriers

Hundreds of deaf and disabled music fans still experience problems purchasing tickets to live concerts and festivals, a new report has found. See more here ...

Link: Disabled music fans face ticketing barriers

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Link: Autism in Museums

Autism in Museums is a new initiative to raise awareness of accessibility for all in museums and sharing autism in museums best practice and events. See more. ...

Link: Autism in Museums

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Link: Have your say - Draft Culture Strategy for London

The Mayor has made culture and the creative industries one of his top priorities. He has set out his policies and commitments for culture and invites all Londoners to support him in the development and delivery of his ambitions for ...

Link: Have your say – Draft Culture Strategy for London

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Example: Dorset orchestra forms 'first ensemble of disabled musicians'

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is thought to be the first professional orchestra in the world to form an ensemble of disabled musicians…. See more here ...

Example: Dorset orchestra forms ‘first ensemble of disabled musicians’

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Blog: Inside Parliament: An evening with the APPG for Art, Craft & Design in Education

Have you ever wondered what goes on in an All Party Parliamentary Group? Should you be attending them and, if so, what can you expect? What will you get out of it? Read on to find out the answers to ...

Blog: Inside Parliament: An evening with the APPG for Art, Craft & Design in Education

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