The European Blind Union (EBU) Access to Culture Project seeks to map current levels of accessibility to cultural venues and activities in Europe. According to EBU, the Access to Culture survey results show that Article 30 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which provides for equal participation in cultural life, has so far been insufficiently implemented with regard to visually impaired people.
The project’s summary report outlines recommendations made by survey respondents, including the following:
- implementing rights legislation to guarantee cultural accessibility
- making accessibility a condition for the receipt of funding for culture
- adopting an inclusve budget policy
- involving all stakeholders at all stages of project development
- applying Design for All principles
According to EBU Access to Culture Project Officer and cultural accessibility expert Marcus Weisen, the full report is due to be published within two months and will include good-practice case studies of museums, cinemas, theatres and tourist organisations in European countries.