EnAbling Change Accessibility for the Performing Arts

Event Date and Time: 
Tuesday, February 8, 2022 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Online Event: 

General Information

Webinar Dates (Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30pm ET): February 8 & 22, March 8 & 29, April 19 and May 3, 2022. 

Coffee chats follow each webinar on Fridays, 10:30-11:30am ET. 

Cost: Free 

Platform: Zoom meetings 

Interpretation options: French-English simultaneous interpretation, ASL, LSQ, audio description (for the March 29 session) and closed captioning in English.  


Have you always wanted to make your performances and operations more accessible, but are not sure where to start? Or maybe you have already started, but looking to expand your knowledge on the subject? Are you interested in expanding the palette of artistic offerings that you bring to your community? Do you want to learn more about your organization’s legal obligations under Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA)?  

Orchestras Canada – in collaboration with Ontario Presents and Réseau Ontario, and in consultation with disability arts consultant Rachel Marks – is presenting six expert-led webinars titled EnAbling Change: Accessibility for the Performing Arts. Topics will include: An introduction to accessibility legislation (specifically, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act); marketing; venues; programming (for performers, workers AND audiences); and community collaboration and partnerships. 

Webinar Topics: 

February 8 & 11: Why Accessibility? An Introduction to the AODA and Disability Justice 

In this introductory session, we’ll walk through the accessibility standards and requirements set out in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) — often considered the “gold standard” in Canadian accessibility legislation. Furthermore, you’ll learn about a Disability Justice framework for understanding accessibility. 

February 22 & 25: Marketing and Accessibility 

Marketing is essential to getting the word out about what we do, but are our messages accessible to all? This week’s sessions will touch on important considerations and best practices for accessible marketing in the performing arts. 

March 8 & 11: Venue Accessibility and Venue Guides 

Whether you own your venue or rent it, there are ways to ensure your space is more accessible. Hear from experts on how to assess, communicate, and put venue accessibility into practice. 

March 29 & April 1: Programming (Part 1) – d/Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Blind or Partially Sighted Accessibility 

This amazing panel of speakers will present on ways to make your programming accessible for d/Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Blind or Partially Sighted communities. You won’t want to miss it! (Audio description available at this session)

April 19 & 22: Programming (Part 2) – Mobility Accessibility and People Management 

Learn more about making the performing arts more welcoming to folks with mobility disabilities. This session will also dive deeper into how your organization can manage people, on and off stage, with accessibility front and center. 

May 3 & 6: Community Collaborations

Community collaborations are full of potential, though there are things you’ll want to think about before you embark. In this session, learn from artists and organizations about how to work with each other in ways that are mutually enriching and fulfilling…. and that generate great art!