Attitude is Everything, the charity dedicated to improving deaf and disabled people’s access to live music, has released its 2016 report on the state of access in the events industry. The launch of the report, which was attended by venues, organisers and other industry professionals, also featured a panel discussion on best practice accessibility. The report covers onsite and online access information, as well as the challenges deaf and disabled people often face in the immediate environment around a live music venue.
Attitude is Everything chief executive Suzanne Bull MBE told reporters: “Or aim is to highlight areas of good practice and progress” and “At the same time the report is an opportunity to reflect on the barriers faced by deaf and disabled people” adding “A lack of decent online access information websites has become a constant source of frustration to millions of disabled fans” and “Evidence suggests that many will not risk attending an event if they are unsure about access facilities. We should not be letting these online failures hold back the tide of progress, especially when they are so easy to fix.”
Glastonbury’s Emily Eavis, who wrote the foreword of the report, said: “It is a vital that all festival goers can easily access clear information about how to buy tickets, what facilities are available onsite and how they can arrange for the necessary support in order to be able to attend. We’re very pleased to be continuing our work with Attitude is Everything to ensure this.”