Dancenorth aims to be a disability confident and competent organisation, striving to facilitate diverse and responsive Enrichment Projects.

Dancenorth is committed to ensuring that professional and accessible services are provided to meet the needs of clients and participants with physical, intellectual, sensory or cognitive disability, their carers and families.

Dancenorth’s Disability Access and Inclusion Plan details the company’s aim to provide an inclusive organisation where people of all abilities can attend classes, secondments and events of their choice in a welcoming environment.  The focus of the plan is on the provision of activities, performances and facilities without discrimination. This document outlines the ways in which Dancenorth will ensure:

ACCESS:

  • Venues and studios
  • Carers attend shows for free with client
  • Performances (plus a dedicated “Soft” performance of low lighting and sound per season)
  • Signage
  • Access Requirement Forms (gather information to ensure all contractors, volunteers and ambassadors’ access needs are met)
  • When working off site, assess what is required in terms of access and ensure where possible that disability access is considered and/or provided.

LEADERSHIP and COLLABORATION:

  • Partnering with local disability organisation
  • Long term commitment to working with Chris Dyke, Dancenorth’s Disability Ambassador
  • Commitment to increasing audiences (in particular, providing opportunities for people with disability to attend)

CREATIVE PRACTICES:

  • Consider the nature of participation of all abilities when making creative decisions for new shows (e.g Space design wide enough for wheel chair access, etc)
  • The 2017 pilot project / partnership with local service provider CPL allowed Dancenorth a unique opportunity to work alongside allied health practitioners and to fine tune our skills to better support local people with disability who are interested in dance
  • Remove barriers to the making and viewing of art and to participation in workshops

Through Tim Fairfax Foundation, Dancenorth has maintained a dedicated funding program for the Cultural Enrichment program to employ dance artist Susie van den Ham to work in the community, with 10 hours per week going towards outreach programs and dance workshops with and for disability organisations.

Dancenorth’s Cultural Enrichment Framework is the overarching mechanism that guides our community practices, programs and strategies in regards to diversity and inclusivity.

Disability (MERGE) is one of four current priority areas under our Cultural Enrichment Projects: Dancenorth has a social responsibility to maintain connection and provide opportunities to people with disability.  In keeping with our inclusive Company philosophy Merge ensures that all individuals have equal opportunity to participate effectively in programs, workshops and performances within the Community

The Cultural Enrichment Framework is the overarching mechanism that guides our community practices, programs and strategies in regards to diversity and inclusivity.

Disability and access is considered in all areas of operation for Dancenorth – all employees are disability aware.  To ensure all company policies are non-discriminatory and that they state where reasonable adjustments can be made.

We commit to:

  •  Sharing the DAIP as a resource amongst arts organisations to create better awareness of best practice
  • Ensuring the DAIP core values are on the agenda at staff meetings
  • Including Disability & Access within the day to day operational aspects of Dancenorth and ensuring access requirements are regularly reviewed
  • Ensuring all staff, contractors, secondments & volunteers are asked about their access needs

DANCENORTH ARTISTS, COLLABORATORS, PERFORMERS

  • Contracts will include questions about access requirements
  • Ensure reasonable adjustments are made, as appropriate to exercises & group work tasks
  • Are approachable to disability and diversity
  • Use clear language free from jargon, where appropriate use plain English
  • Encourage people to ask for clarification, alternative communication formats or support

Disability Services Act 1993

1. People with disability have the same opportunities as other people to access the

services of, and any events organised by, the Department.

2. People with disability have the same opportunities as other people to access the

buildings and other facilities of the Department.

3. People with disability receive information from the Department in a format that will

enable them to access the information as readily as other people are able to

access the information.

4. People with disability receive the same level and quality of service from the staff

of the Department as other people receive.

5. People with disability have the same opportunities as other people to make

complaints to the Department.

6. People with disability have the same opportunities as other people to participate

in any public consultation by the Department.

7. People with disability have the same opportunities as other people to obtain and

maintain employment with the Department.