Music to (deaf) ears

10 09 2008

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Do you like going to concerts, festivals and other venues where they play music? Do you find that you’re given rotten or unfair treatment because you’re deaf or disabled? An organisation called Attitude is Everything is doing something about this. They actively improve access to live music, clubs and festivals by providing feedback on venues and deliver disability awareness training.

You can get involved too. If you’re deaf or disabled and have experience of access issues, attitude barriers or have witnessed models of excellent practice, why not join their team of Mystery Shoppers? Or you might have time and skills which you can donate in other ways.

If you’re a venue, promoter or festival in need of assistance with understanding how you might improve deaf and disabled access at your events, and wish to ensure you are implementing the Disability Discrimination Act, look at services which can assist you to reach the standard of their Charter Of Best Practice venues.

Alternatively, you can give a donation or find out about other ways in which you can support Attitude Is Everything.

Attitude is Everything run regular Club Attitude nights to showcase the talents of disabled and non-disabled musicians and DJ’s, and to promote best practice by demonstrating to the industry how to put on a fully accessible club night, occasionally including Sign Language Interpreters and Audio Description. They are always on the lookout for disabled artists and DJs to perform at future events, so if you know of any performers or bands, do get in touch with them. They’re hip enough to have a Facebook group and MySpace page. But how strange, no minicom number…

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2 responses

10 09 2008
Amanda Johnson

This sounds wonderful that there is going to be an organization for the deaf and disabled to be able to also enjoy the music. And what a name “Attitude is Everything” this sounds great.

10 09 2008
MM

I rather fear all the attitude in the world (And I got plenty !), won’t give me an in to music. I loved the voice and the melody, all it seems to be with the deaf is drums and bass. Not enough for me…. even lip-reading a singer is pretty much wasted time… but go for it…

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