Disability Arts Online

Access to Work Digital Guide

Arts Council England and Disability Arts Online have published a digital guide to Access to Work – an employment support programme run by the Department for Work and Pensions. Access to Work can provide grants to remove barriers disabled people face in undertaking paid employment, including for equipment, travel and support workers.

The guide, which is available in a variety of different formats including easy read and audio-only, clarifies the Access to Work process and provides specific advice for the arts and cultural sector. Recognising that there are many different types of work in the sector, and that artists and creatives often work in a freelance capacity, there are three sections to the guide: one for self-employed workers, one for employees (or prospective employees) and one for employers.

A growing number of resources complement the guide, including information on how Access to Work relates to Arts Council Funding and case studies from disabled-led theatre company Graeae and a self-employed visual artist.

Each section of the guide has a video version, which includes British Sign Language and optional captions, presented by theatre-maker and comedian Jess Thom (best known for her alter ego Touretteshero) and D/deaf theatre access consultant and BSL performer, Deepa Shastri.

The guide is available in all its formats here.

For further information and to watch a trailer please go here

Celf Able – Dates for October

Celf-Able is an inclusive art group run by disabled artists in Powys. We are disabled- and artist-led, but open to all ages and abilities, artists and people who just want to have a go at art.



Meetings for October :-

October 2nd – Caersws Village Hall, Caersws, 11-3

October 9th – Warren Room, Care Centre, Machynlleth, 11 -3

October 15th – The Institute, Llanfair Caereinion, 11-3

October 16th – Ann Holloway Day Care Centre, Welshpool, 11-3

       Collage with artist Terri Sweeney        funded by Tirgwynt Community Foundation

October 23rd  – Siawns Teg, The Park, Newtown, 11-3

There is a small session fee of £5 for non-members, £3 for members, annual membership fee £10.


Need more info? – [email protected], Tel: 01938 810058


Tell us what you think of Chapter!

Chapter Arts CentreJoin us at one of the following workshops on 12 or 24 September, 4pm-7pm, where we invite you to share thoughts, feelings and ideas about Chapter Arts. 

12th Sep @ Chapter Arts Centre

24th Sep @ Culture & Media Centre, Loudoun Square 

Whether you attend Chapter or not, we want to know who feels welcome at Chapter and if you don’t, why you don’t. Chapter is keen to work towards being more inclusive and involved with audiences and communities that may not feel welcomed enough at the moment, and we need your help to achieve this! Find out more and register to attend through Eventbrite.


Not all comments made may be used within a final report or plan and we won’t be able to action every idea that is raised, but they will all be considered. Any information you provide will be anonymous – in other words, it will not be possible to identify you.


We would love to hear your ideas, suggestions and opinions. We particularly welcome the input of people who are younger, older, people of colour, refugees, migrants, asylum seekers, LGBTQIA+, D/deaf or disabled, from poorer backgrounds, who are happy to share their experiences.


If you can’t attend but would like to have an input, you can complete a survey here: How can Chapter be more inclusive?


And if you have any questions, please direct them to [email protected]

Exciting news from Taking Flight Theatre Company

We’re opening a Youth Theatre for young D/deaf & Hard of Hearing people  Autumn 2019 in Cardiff!





                                                                            For 4 years we have been dreaming of a Deaf lead youth theatre specifically for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing young people in Wales. London has one… why not Cardiff? Some of you might remember that we ran a couple of week long summer schools back in 2015 during which we met some wonderfully inspiring young people (one of whom now works for ITV no less!)

2 years ago we began the long process of applying for funding. And now we’re here to announce to the world… to shout- and sign- from the rooftops that we’ve made it. BBC Children in Need have approved our application to run a youth theatre in Cardiff for 3 years.

The Youth Theatre- yet to be named- will run out of The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay, and we want to say a massive diolch to them for supporting this project.

There will be 3 age groups: 4-7, 8-11 and 12-18 so little ones won’t have to wait long until they can join!
All the groups will be lead by a Deaf facilitator and sessions will run in BSL and English, with interpreters present too.

Throughout the 3 years, there will be bags of opportunities for young people to perform, to share what they’ve learnt, to get involved in the non performing aspects of theatre production, to grow in confidence and to be inspired. At least once a year we’ll be organising trips to see the very best in Deaf lead theatre and performance. We’ll also be bringing in inspiring Deaf creatives and theatre practitioners to work with our young groups on specific skills. We just cannot wait to be doing all these things, and for our Deaf leaders to be inspiring the #DeafTalent of the future.

So what does this mean to you?

Perhaps you know of a D/deaf or Hard of Hearing young person who would like to join. If you do, drop me an email on
[email protected] 
and we can make sure they know when we open in the Autumn. If they’re currently too young, let us know anyway and we can put them on the waiting list.

Perhaps you’re over 18 and would like to volunteer. If this is the case, also drop me a line and we can discuss this in more detail. We’re especially keen to hear from potential volunteers who have some BSL skills.

Keep an eye out on our website and social media too as we’ll be recruiting very soon for a Deaf leader and an assistant facilitator. Could either of these roles be you?

Perhaps you’re a Deaf arts professional who has a skill you’d like to share with our groups.

And look out as we’ll be inviting people to our sharings once the youth theatres start creating.

In the meantime, we’ve applied to be part of the Christmas Big Give to raise further funds to support the Youth Theatre. If you think you could be one of our start off big pledgers (rather than a donor during Big Give Week) let us know and we can send you a pledge form. We need to raise £1250 by the 30th August in pledges to be part of the week.


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Thank you to all our supporters who are raising funds for us when using the Easy Fundraising  site to shop on line.
We have raised £149.86 so far.
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Thank you for supporting DAC

See Around Britain! – accessibility travel app



Our groundbreaking photo travel app, gives visitors an advance look inside public venues, enabling the user to check out if it is suitable for their interests or needs, including families with young children, older citizens, or individuals with a wide range of impairments.  

Please have a look at what we do – 

See Around Britain & See Around Europe form a huge photo gazetteer throughout the UK and Ireland and mainland Europe, designed for everybody, including disabled people, to help decide if a venue will be suitable for visits.

Everything from transport access to washroom facilities can be viewed in a series of photographs of the venue. View the suitability and accessibility before you plan to visit or arrive at the venue.

Information about Touch Trust

Touch Trust provides person-centered sessions, which contain a varied programme, including music, movement, massage and relaxation. We also employ sensory integration techniques, such as focusing on proprioceptive awareness.


We are inclusive and open to all ages and abilities. Many of our “Guests” are on the autistic spectrum, have learning disabilities or other complex needs.  We celebrate the successes and abilities of our Guests, regardless of how nuanced these may be.  we promote  creative expression, communication and self-esteem, encouraging our Guests to achieve their potential in our supportive environment.  Above all, we foster a fun and enjoyable atmosphere!


Why not come along to find out what’s on each week?  You can also visit us on our facebook page (www.facebook.com/TouchTrust) or call us on 02920635660 for more information


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The Big MaDCaff Project – Volunteers and performers needed

The Big MaDCaff Project has started – now we need YOU

Yes, very excitingly, we have begun work on the project and now all we need is several dozen volunteers, a load of venues, lots of training, a sackful of cake and a jamboree of Musicians, Dancers and performers of any kind.
Click here for more information about this exciting project

Your DAC membership needs to be renewed (please)

We would like to thank all our members for supporting Disability Arts Cymru over the past year.  Our new membership year commenced on 1st April and we have been contacting our members asking them to renew their membership once again

All members have been contacted by email or post by  Sue Pound, our Finance  and Administration Coordinator, giving details of how  to renew membership and reminders have recently been issued . Thanks to all our members who have renewed their membership.  However, if you haven’t done so  yet, please could you respond as soon as possible so that we can continue to keep you on our contact database.  If you would like to renew your membership via our website you can do so by clicking on this  link.

If you have any queries about renewing your membership or need assistance with the form, please ring our Cardiff office on 02920551040 and we will be happy to help – please note that the office is staffed  on Monday-Thursdays only.

Please note that our Annual General Meeting will be on 1st July 2019 at The Temple of Peace,  Cardiff.  We will only be able to send out information about that meeting to those who have renewed their membership.

Thank you for continuing to support DAC.