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Accessible Arts training

Accessible Arts is the peak arts and disability organisation across New South Wales.  Our vision is a society in which people with disability can contribute to and fully experience the arts and cultural life.

Our disability awareness training and disability action planning is practical, interactive and will give you the confidence to welcome people with disability to your venue or programme, provide inclusive experiences and services and make accessibility a natural and integrated part of what you do.

In recent years Accessible Arts has provided disability awareness training and/or disability action planning for arts organisations of all sizes including: Sydney Festival, Sculpture by the Sea, Australia Council for the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Regional Conservatoriums of New South Wales, Opera Australia, Pine Street Creative Arts Studio, City of Sydney, Kogarah City Council, Arts Out West, Octapod and the four major cinema chains.

Accessible Arts Training Registration/Booking Form - Download Word version here

Accessible Arts Training Overview - Download Word version here

2015 training information: 

  • Wednesday 4 March 2015
  • Wednesday 22 April 2015
  • Wednesday 12 August 2015
  • Thursday 5 Nov 2015 

Contact Accessible Arts by email at or by phone on 02 9251 6499.

Disability Awareness Training

Disability awareness training is vital for people working across all levels of arts practice or policy in cultural organisations.  It provides a real understanding of disability and inclusive practices in an arts context, with information and skills development relevant to all.

Organisations can book a disability awareness training session at anytime of the year or can send up to three staff to one of our open disability awareness sessions held through the year.

Topics covered include:

  • Defining disability – legally and culturally
  • The rumours and realities of the disability experience
  • Communicating with respect and confidence
  • Access barriers and creative solutions

Open training

Disability awareness training offers open sessions held at a training room in Walsh Bay several times a year.  This is a good option for sole practitioners, small organisations, or staff members who couldn’t attend in-house training, or those who are considering booking disability awareness training for their organisation and would like to experience it. 

The disability awareness training is a four-hour session. The content is designed to be relevant to everyone rather than any one organisation; participants benefit from the diversity of experience in the open training. Individuals who complete the training will be entitled to six months free access to Arts Access Australia’s online learning portal.


Corporate/Government:                 $125 per person

Community/Small Business*:         $85 per person

* Annual revenue turnover of less than $2 million 

In-house training

Disability awareness training for your organisation can be booked at any time of the year.  The training can be conducted at a venue you organise or through Accessible Arts. 

As a guide, the standard length of each training session is four hours with a maximum of 15 participants.  The benefit of this disability awareness training is that the content is tailored to your organisation.

Training Fees


$1500            per half day

$2550            per whole day

$400              per hour

Community/Small Business

$1050            per half day

$1800            per whole day

$300              per hour

Our Trainers

Amanda Tink, Training Consultant

Amanda Tink

Amanda is passionate about disability rights as human rights, facilitating for positive change, universally accessible art and coffee. Amanda has been delivering training for Accessible Arts since October 2010. Previously she worked as the Training Officer at People with Disability Australia (PWD) and before that, as the CEO of Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN).  Her other work has included: producing and presenting Access All Areas (a national radio program on disability-related topics); guest lecturing at Australian Catholic University; movie reviewing for commercial radio; and presenting as a keynote speaker at the Disability Advocacy Resource Units 2nd Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference.


Carolyn Campbell-McLean - Disability Awareness Trainer

Headshot os Carolyn Campbell-McleanCarolyn Campbell-McLean is an educator, social worker and peer mentor who has worked in the disability sector for almost 20 years, including 12 years in state government in training and communications roles. She has delivered Disability Awareness training for the NSW Ombudsman, local, state and Federal government and community groups. Currently Carolyn is the Senior Facilitator at the My Choice Matters program, managing a state-wide leadership development program which works to build the capacity of people with disability to be leaders in their own lives and in their community.

Carolyn has taught disability at TAFE and UWS and is a Board member of the Muscular Dystrophy NSW. Carolyn has been a scrapbooking teacher for many years and is an avid photographer, theatre and concert goer. In 2013 Carolyn was appointed by the Minister for Disability to share her lifelong personal experience of living with physical disability and managing her team of care staff as a Living Life My Way Champion. 

Nicholas Gleeson - Disability Awareness Trainer

Portrait of Nicholas Gleeson and his guide dogNicholas Gleeson became totally blind at the age of 7 and started along the pathway of independence.  He learnt to use a white cane and later in life a Seeing Eye Dog to travel extensively throughout Australia and overseas.  A Paralympic athlete, having competed in America in 1984 and took up long distance running in the 1990’s.  He has climbed several world famous mountains and lived a life of adventure.  However, his professional life has been one of incredible enjoyment as a presenter, Staff Trainer and of recent years a mentor.

Nicholas has worked with staff in the field of public transport, health, Art, Banking and almost every aspect of living. Nicholas says that some of the most enjoyable hours of his life have been spent at art Exhibitions because he discovered that the bridge between seeing the exhibits and blindness could be crossed and that he could leave an exhibition feeling incredibly fulfilled”, and that the “blank canvas in my mind could take on a world famous image without the actual need to see the piece.

Further Information

Contact Accessible Arts by email at or by phone on 02 9251 6499.