The project responds to the need of people with sensory disabilities to benefit from the cultural offer. Every year, the number of cultural events accessible to people who are blind or partially sighted, deaf or hard of hearing offered by museums, theatres, cinemas or galleries increases. Recently, the law on digital accessibility of public bodies’ websites and applications came into force. As a result, many institutions are not only adapting their media to the needs of people with disabilities, but also enriching their offer with accessible events. As many as 49% of blind, partially sighted, deaf or hard of hearing people want to visit museums and galleries, 79% are interested in going to the theatre and as many as 98% in going to the cinema. Meanwhile, most of them find out about events from friends, as there is a lack of promotional activities aimed directly at people with sensory disabilities.
As part of the project, a nationwide portal www.udostępnijsie.org was created with information on cultural events accessible to people with sensory disabilities. The portal includes an event search engine and a compendium of knowledge on the accessibility of culture and the arts. A campaign to promote the initiative was also carried out. A group of several ambassadors – people with disabilities – actively worked on the preparation of the portal, searching for events and contacting cultural institutions. Several hundred cultural institutions from all over Poland were invited to use the portal. An online conference and two webinars on the accessibility of cultural events were organised, as well as a gala to summarise the project with the participation of people with disabilities, activists and representatives of cultural institutions.
The project has mainly benefited deaf, hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired people, who are now more knowledgeable about access to culture and the cultural events they can take part in. Several people with disabilities have engaged in self-advocacy activities. The attention of cultural institutions was drawn not only to the need to organise accessible events, but above all to the importance of promoting the offer to deaf, hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired people. 17 institutions have established cooperation with the portal and regularly provide content for publication and promotion.