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Accessible Arts training

Disability Awareness Training

Accessible Arts offers four open sessions per year in disability awareness training for managers, policy makers, frontline staff, cultural advisers, small businesses, and creative practitioners. Training sessions are held at the ground floor training rooms of the Arts Exchange Building in The Rocks.

The information and skill development gained from this training is crucial for effective delivery of arts strategy, arts and culture programmes, festival events and quality customer service. We offer practical and innovative solutions to give you the confidence to welcome people with disability to your venue, provide inclusive experiences and make accessibility a natural and integrated part of what you do.

Each session is four hours and covers

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

The benefit of these disability awareness training workshops include networking, sharing and learning from the diverse experience in the room. Up to three staff from one organisation can attend these open workshops, and the workshops are followed-up by six months of free access to Arts Access Australia’s online learning portal.

Upcoming Training Dates: 
Time: 9.30am to 1.30pm
Where: Ground Floor Training Room, The Arts Exchange, 10 Hickson Road, The Rocks, Sydney
Bookings and Enquiries

Contact Access and Training Project Manager Sarah Houbolt by email or by phone on +61 2 9251 6499 extension 107.

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

Training Workshop Fees

Corporate/Government:                $125 per person

Community/Small Business*:          $85 per person

* Annual revenue turnover of less than $2 million 

Tailor-Made Training

Book tailor-made, in-house disability awareness training for your venue, organisation and resident companies at any time of the year. During an initial consultation, we work with you to assess your current situation and define specific areas of focus to deliver responsive training that meets your needs. We conduct training at a venue you organise, or at Accessible Arts. 

Investment in tailor-made training from Accessible Arts is an investment in expert delivery and an assurance that your trainers understand the practicalities and dynamics of diversity within the arts and culture context.

As a guide, the standard length of each training session is four hours with a maximum of 15 participants. 

Combine a training workshop with a consultation and mentoring package as an efficient way to ensure consistent support, with visible and long-term results.  

Bookings and Enquiries

Contact Access and Training Project Manager Sarah Houbolt by email or by phone on ++61 2 9251 6499 extension 107.

Group Training Fees

For Corporate / Government

$1500            per half day

$2550            per whole day

$400              per hour for up to 15 participants

For Community / Small Business

$1050            per half day

$1800            per whole day

$300              per hour for up to 15 participants

For training delivery to large groups and over multiple sessions, please contact us to negotiate prices.

Specialised Access Services

With our specialised access services, increase your organisation’s capacity to deliver a range of innovative solutions that meet legislative, cost and audience development considerations.

We provide:

  • Scoping and mentoring for access and inclusion initiatives and new audience development 
  • Expertise relating to access requirements for the built environment, marketing and communications, disability action plans, and safe work environments
  • Review and evaluation of disability action plans, venue access and community engagement processes
  • Access service delivery such as audio description, captioning, and sign interpreting
Bookings and Enquiries

Contact Access and Training Project Manager Sarah Houbolt by email or by phone on +61 2 9251 6499 extension 107.



Scoping / mentoring meeting $130 per hour

Research / assessment / evaluation $270 per half day or $500 per day

Access Service Delivery $250 per hour

Community/Small Business

Scoping / mentoring meeting $ 80 per hour

Research / assessment / evaluation $180 per half day or $350 per day

Access Service Delivery $200 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 Sarah Houbolt, Access and Training Project Manager, by email at, or by phone on 02 9251 6499 ext 107.