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Education & Training

Accessible Arts trainingAccessible Arts provides disability awareness training and disability action planning that 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.

Accessible Arts training overview (download word doc 209KB)

2015 training information: 

  • Wednesday 4 March 2015
  • Thursday 7 May 2015
  • Wednesday 5 August 2015
  • Thursday 5 Nov 2015 

Please contact Sophie Clausen +61 2 9251 6499 ext 107 for bookings.

Disability Awareness Training

Disability awareness training is useful for people working at any level of an arts organisation, or in arts policy or practice.  It provides a practical understanding of disability in an arts context with information and skills relevant to all venues and types of work.

Organisations can book a targeted disability awareness training session anytime of the year or can send up to 3 staff to one of our three general disability awareness sessions held throughout 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

General Disability Awareness

Disability awareness training sessions are held at the Accessible Arts 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.  

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



$125 per person

Community/Small Business            

$ 85 per person

In-House Disability Awareness

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 the Accessible Arts training room at Walsh Bay.

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.



$1500 per half day

$2550 per whole day 

Community/Small Business

$1050 per half day

$1800 per whole day

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 Sophie Clausen, Access Development Manager, by email at or by phone on 02 9251 6499 extension 107.