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All In access scheme revealed by Arts Council England

Arts Council England has revealed a new name and website for a UK-wide access scheme, which aims to improve the experience of D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people wishing to attend creative and cultural events.

All In is a new a partnership between Arts Council England, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of Wales, and Creative Scotland and builds on the success of Hynt – Wales’s access scheme for theatres and arts centres.

Creative and cultural organisations can visit the All In site and express their interest so they can be kept informed of developments planned for 2024 for disabled audience members.

The website features a support directory for organisations to find accessibility consultants, freelancers, and organisations from around the UK. The website will be updated regularly to help the sector improve their accessibility for D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people.

The UK-wide scheme – developed by a disabled-led team – wants to remove even more barriers for D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people taking part in creative activities and cultural experiences.  It will look at making it easier to book tickets by improving the way access requirements are shared, provide training and learning support to help venues meet sector-backed accessibility standards and attract new audiences to the UK’s creative and cultural events.

Darren Henley, chief executive of Arts Council England, said: “We’re working with D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people and organisations of all sizes to make sure that this new scheme welcomes everyone. By doing that, All In will benefit individual audience members as well as creative and cultural organisations of all sizes across the UK.”

Andrew Miller MBE, UK Arts Access Champion for All In, said: “Back in 2014 I witnessed the success of Hynt first hand as director of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama venues, making the lives of our disabled audiences and our box office staff so much easier. Now I want All In to fundamentally improve the experience of D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people attending arts and cultural events across the UK through barrier removal, making it easier to book tickets and to offer consistency. Because buying a ticket shouldn’t be a performance!”