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Removing Barriers: A Practical Introduction to Disability Equality

11 September 2023 @ 2:00 pm 18 September 2023 @ 5:00 pm

Build your confidence and knowledge in discussing and tackling disability equality within your organisation.


This is a online course, split into two half days. Attendee’s must attend both parts of the training to complete the course.

The dates and times are as follows:

Monday 11 September | 14:00 – 17:00

Monday 18 September | 14:00 – 17:00

EARLYBIRD – UK Theatre & SOLT Members can book before 10 August 2023*


Whether you work front of house or behind the scenes; are new to the sector or are a senior leader, everyone has a role to play in making theatre inclusive for all. This course will help you be the change.

Build your confidence and knowledge in discussing and tackling disability equality within your organisation. You will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions to ensure that the sessions are relevant to your area of work. Return energised and inspired, with practical ideas you can implement.

“Michèle was amazing! She was knowledgable, accommodating and inspiring. She really made this course!”

“Michèle was an excellent facilitator, encouraging open discussion and her fluid approach to what we wanted to gain from the day was fantastic.”

“Really well informed and engaging training.”

Removing Barriers will provide you with a solid foundation on which to base your planning and policy-making around disability equality in your organisation. After the first session, you will have time to test out your learning in your day to day work and to return to session 2 with questions as well as with insights to share with others on the course.

Course Overview

The course covers the following areas:

• The case for disability equality at your theatre

• Basic facts and figures and an introduction to your duties under the Equality Act (2010)

• An exploration of tools and resources, including case studies and appropriate terminology

• Discussion of the ‘way we do things’, examining those things we take for granted in our organisations that may be working against our equality aspirations

Suitable For

This course is suitable for anyone working in theatre; disability equality is not just a front of house responsibility, but must permeate your organisation if there is to be real impact

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course you will:

• Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the Social Model of disability and its implications for the way theatres work

• Be able to critique the cultural assumptions of your organisation in order to minimise the impact of unconscious bias in your organisation

• Be able to describe your main duties under the Equality Act (2010)

• Have the beginnings of an action plan for embedding disability equality in your theatre

• Have ideas for where to go for further information

About the Trainer

Michèle Taylor is Director for Change at Ramps on the Moon, the Arts Council funded consortium of mid-scale mainstream theatres seeking to increase the number and visibility of D/deaf and disabled people in the industry. She has been delivering training in disability issues for nearly thirty years and has a background as a theatre practitioner. She is committed to ensuring that D/deaf and disabled people’s stories are told in our theatres.

Michèle’s training sessions are interactive and dynamic, with space to bring doubts, anxieties and concerns as well as strategies, ideas and enthusiasm.

Michèle is a registered member of the Institute of Equality and Diversity Practitioners and has been awarded an MBE for services to theatre and disabled people.

Accessibility Information

  • Regular breaks will be scheduled throughout the afternoon.
  • Closed captions will be enabled on screen.
  • BSL interpreters can be provided upon request, please note we request as much notice as possible to book this for you.
  • Attendees who require a Carer or Personal Assistant to accompany them on the course can book a free Carer ticket by emailing events@soltukt.co.uk.

Please email events@soltukt.co.uk if you have any additional access needs or questions.

Refunds and Cancellations

You can cancel up until 10 working days prior to the course, and receive a full refund (not including Eventbrite Fee’s, which are non-refundable). Any cancellations after this will not be refunded, but tickets can be transferred to a future course up to one year later. For full terms, please see the section below.

Terms and Conditions

By registering for this course, you agree that you have read and agree to our Terms and Conditions. Read the Terms and Conditions.


11 September 2023 @ 2:00 pm
18 September 2023 @ 5:00 pm
£100.00 – £180.00


UK Theatre