Research, Resources, Revolution
Research, Resources, Revolution is CRIPtic’s industry development arm. Through carrying out research we aim to change the arts for deaf and disabled people. Arts Council England, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Spread the Word, Red Pencil, and more are funding and supporting our research projects.
Research is worth nothing if it sits in a drawer. However, used to create resources it can be a powerful tool to change.
Resources are worth nothing if they sit in a drawer. Instead, we are using them to revolutionise access to the arts for deaf and disabled people.
Revolution is required. The arts are rarely accessible to deaf and disabled audiences – let alone creatives. Therefore, we are applying our research and resources to change the arts for the better – forever.
We have three key ongoing research projects, currently led by Jamie Hale, Dr Jessi Parrott and Samuel Brewer.
Always the Audience
Always the Audience, Never the Star (hereafter Always the Audience) is led by Dr Jessi Parrott, CRIPtic Arts’ Research and Policy Lead, with support from Jamie Hale, Artistic Director. The project seeks to explore the experiences of disabled artists with specific physical access requirements who are working (or aiming to work) professionally in London theatres. We are focussing on people who fit one or more of the following categories: use alternative or augmentative communication (AAC); use switch, eyegaze, or other similar adaptive technology to access a computer; require Changing Places toilets; need constant care and/or support. The findings from Always the Audience will be used to develop resources and training on good practice for supporting and employing disabled people with these requirements, who are often left out of wider conversations and considerations around access in the arts.
Concrete Commitments & Inadequate Access
Right now a large proportion of performance projects in the UK are inaccessible to Deaf and Disabled audiences. But what if there was a way of guaranteeing a commitment from organisations and artists to deliver more inclusive work?
Section 20 of the Equality Act 2010 outlines a duty to make adjustments for Disabled people, the difference between common practise and common law can be difficult to track because of financial strains and practicalities. Concrete Commitments and Inadequate access seeks to build a campaign that through consensus building will work towards artists and organisations delivering on concrete commitments to deliver accessible options for Deaf and Disabled audiences.
Access Rider Tool
We are designing a tool people can use to create an access rider online, through asking thoughtful questions that lead to a standardised document. Once completed, this project will be accompanied by training. Here, we will support organisations in learning how to use access riders to support deaf and disabled creatives.
Since starting this arm, we have developed two key projects:
Access to Literature – a report on the barriers deaf and disabled people face accessing the literature sector. We are currently using this to develop training for organisations across the sector.
Being Hybrid – a guide to running (accessible) hybrid events in the Zoom era