Shining the spotlight on accessibility issues in the entertainment industry
Many venues across England and Wales have made huge leaps forward in terms of ensuring disabled people and their families have better access to stage and screen, but there’s still room for improvement.
But things don’t have to be this way. You can help Scope to raise awareness in the entertainment industry about the access barriers that still remain for disabled people and their families and how to remove them. Together we can make sure theatres and cinemas across the country cater to all their customers by encouraging all venues to commit to the following:
- Making sure screenings are wheelchair accessible
- All auditoriums have an enhanced sound system available for broadcast through an individual headset for customers that have a hearing impairment
- Films are available with subtitles and audio description if required
- Staff are fully trained to understand the needs of disabled customers
- Customers have the access information they need to choose the right venue for them
The recent experience of Kelvin Shepherd in Birmingham highlights some of the problems faced by disabled people, and how easy it can be to remove them.