DCMS and its Public Bodies will aim to ensure that disabled people have increased physical, attitudinal2, sensory and intellectual access to, and increased participation in activities, places, events, services and jobs within the cultural, heritage, sporting and leisure sectors.
DCMS and its Public Bodies will enhance access to and take-up of cultural and sporting opportunities for disabled children (DCMS Strategic Priority 1, PSA1).
Key DCMS projects: Museums education; PE, School Sports and Club Links; Culture Online; Creative Partnerships
Timing: Ongoing. Policy Divisions to ensure that disabled children’s needs are addressed from the outset of policy development.
DCMS and its Public Bodies will open up institutions and increase significantly the take-up of cultural and sporting opportunities by disabled people, particularly those aged 20 and above (DCMS Strategic Priority 2, PSA 2).
Key DCMS projects: Coaching; Making Historic Environment more accessible; Increasing Museums admissions; Increasing Arts participation.
Other DCMS work strands: Libraries strategy
Timing: Ongoing. Policy Divisions to ensure disabled people’s needs are addressed from the outset of policy development.
DCMS and its Public Bodies will assess their readiness and capacity to comply with Part III of Disability Discrimination Act, (access to goods, facilities, services, buildings and premises), which comes into force in October 2004. Public Bodies with strategic responsibilities will also assess the extent to which their sectors are ready to comply with the DDA.
Timing: Assessments to be completed and action plans drawn up by April 2004.
DCMS will lead a collaborative project in conjunction with disabled people, the DRC, Public Bodies and OGDs to develop a common framework of criteria for access to DCMS-related venues building on DDA requirements
Timing: By October 2004
DCMS will lead a collaborative project in conjunction with disabled people, the DRC, Public Bodies and OGDs to gather research and survey data about accessible venues and events and ensure that it is more widely publicised and available in accessible formats.
Timing: Ongoing. Possible review by DCMS of what information is available by end 2003.
DCMS and its Public Bodies will ensure that as many publications as possible, including consultation documents, are available on request in alternative formats, eg large print, audio and Braille. Where possible publications should be available on the web so that they can be down-loaded and printed in alternative formats, eg. HTML or PDF.
Timing: Ongoing. DCMS to report on availability and take up of alternative format documents in its annual Framework progress report.
DCMS will lead a collaborative project in conjunction with disabled people, the DRC, Public Bodies and OGDs to identify measures to improve employment opportunities within the wider cultural and leisure sectors. (Possible link to DCMS Strategic Priority 3 and PSA 3?)