Outlandish Arts recognises that COVID-19 is not just a public health crisis, it is a crisis that may have severe economic, social and cultural consequences and touch many sectors – so every sector and every individual must be involved in the fight to prevent infections, save lives and minimize impact. We are concerned by the impact of COVID-19 on the arts industry in Australia and particularly on disability arts organisations and Deaf and disabled artists across all communities. We stand with our peak arts bodies in advocating for a range of urgent measures. These include government implementation of an ambitious and well-funded stimulus package specific to the arts sector in response to industry advice. We also support calls to rapidly increase the healthcare sector’s capacity to care for disabled people and the disability-care workforce and to update the Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 to include the needs of people with disability. In addition, we underline the urgent need for disabled leaders to be at the table when talking about how we respond to this emergency. Outlandish Arts stands in solidarity with all those trying to build a society that places care for one and other at its heart.
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An access doc or access ‘rider’ is a document that outlines your access requirements. You might make one so that you can give it to galleries, institutions or organisations when you start working with them on a project to let them know what you need them to facilitate to make sure you have equal access to work.