We’ve been digesting the contents of the Government’s National Disability Strategy, published July 2021. We’ve been left underwhelmed. Whilst the Government outlines its commitment to widening participation in arts, culture and sport, emphasis has been placed first and foremost on access into buildings and events – namely through the introduction of an access pass.
Sadly, the Strategy concentrates once again on disabled people acting as spectators to, not participants in, the arts. The contrast to the Government’s approach to sport could not be starker. Here, there’s a recognition that practical steps need to be taken to fully involve disabled people in physical activity.
At OHMI, we understand the powerfully restorative impact that music has for us all, disability or otherwise. How it improves mental wellbeing and physical coordination. How it builds creative energy and connects musicians in the most meaningful of ways.
Rest assured, we’ll continue to bang the drum to make sure that, when policy translates into practice, music making for adults and children living with disability is not overlooked!
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