Access to culture with a disability

Many people with disabilities find it difficult to participate in a cultural event. How to appreciate a photographic exhibition when you are visually impaired? How to enjoy a concert or dance when you are hearing impaired? Certain measures have been put in place to fight against this cultural exclusion, as evidenced by the 12e edition of the month of disability, which is currently held in Paris until July 10. Conferences, debates, but also cultural events, organized by various associations and the City of Paris, are an opportunity to reflect on ways to facilitate access to art for people with disabilities.

The exhibition of photographs “Being beautiful”, presented until June 28 on the gates of the square of the Saint-Jacques tower, in the 4e arrondissement, has thus provided a device to be accessible to visually impaired people. Thanks to their mobile phone, visitors have access to an audio description application, by scanning the QR code located at the bottom of each image. The photographs presented are portraits of people with disabilities of all ages and from all backgrounds. Those in charge of the exhibition, Astrid di Crollalanza, photographer, and Frédérique Deghelt, writer, wanted to provoke a reflection on the image of oneself and the place of the other in society.

Feel welcome

In the cinema, the Ciné-ma difference association, created in 2005, works to facilitate access to theaters for people with disabilities. In partner cinemas (currently 67 theaters across France), social codes are relaxed in order to allow people for whom respect for silence or the fact of not expressing emotions in a too demonstrative way are restrictive. You can leave the session and speak when you want. A team of volunteers accompanies the spectators before, during and after the screening so that they feel welcome. The films are screened without advertising and without a trailer so as not to disturb the concentration of the spectators. The sound is lower than during a classic session so as not to disturb people with hyperacusis.

The films are screened without advertising and without a trailer so as not to disturb the concentration of the spectators.

“We are delighted to be able to go to the cinema”, testifies Manuella Deleville, the mother of Louis, 27 years old. This family has attended sessions since the beginning of the association. “When we went to the movies, we had a lot of fears, but we realized that it was quite possible for our son to take part in cultural outings. “ Manuella Deleville talks about the joy she felt when her son was able to freely express his pleasure and his emotions in front of musicals. “It’s like a second family where disability is not a problem. “ For Amar Nafa, general delegate of Ciné-ma difference, the objective is to “To create the habit of cinema and to develop frequentation of cultural circles”. As part of the Parisian Disability Month, Ciné-ma difference will organize a screening on Saturday June 26 at 4 p.m. at Chaplin-Denfert around the animated film by Rémi Chayé Calamity, a childhood of Martha Jane Cannary (single price, 5 euros).

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