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    Barriers to cultural participation by people with disabilities in Europe: a study across 28 countries

    Leahy, Ann and Ferri, Delia (2023) Barriers to cultural participation by people with disabilities in Europe: a study across 28 countries. Disability & Society. pp. 1-23. ISSN 0968-7599

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    This article discusses the findings of a new qualitative study conducted in 28 European countries, examining barriers to cultural participation as perceived by representatives of organisations of people with disabilities. The study explores barriers operating in all art-forms as well as in cultural heritage, and it encompasses participation of people with a broad range of disability types both as audiences and as creators of culture. The article evidences that a range of interlinked barriers are commonly perceived by people with disabilities in five areas – lack of effective laws and policies; inadequate services and/ or funding; negative attitudes; lack of accessibility; and lack of involvement of persons with disabilities in cultural organisations. The article argues for more systematic approaches to enforcement of laws and policies, for greater knowledge about disability to be embedded within cultural organisations and policymaking, and for employment of people with disabilities at all levels within cultural sectors.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: barriers; culture; participation; artists with disabilities;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Centre for European and Eurasian Studies
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 18189
    Identification Number:
    Depositing User: Delia Ferri
    Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2024 15:51
    Journal or Publication Title: Disability & Society
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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