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Access Culture

Access Culture (Acesso Cultura, Associação Cultural) promotes access – physical, social and intellectual – to cultural participation. Access Culture is based in Portugal.

Access Culture

Accessible Orchestras

The Accessible Orchestras project coordinated by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra in collaboration with the Association of Finnish Symphony Orchestras aims to develop the work of orchestras with elderly people in Finland and Great Britain over the coming years. The two-year project will support equal accessibility to culture and the arts by seeking ways of bringing orchestra activities closer to those among the ageing population who are unable to attend concerts in person. The aim of the project is to promote a sense of community and the active inclusion of elderly people through art. The project started in 2019.

Arts Access Aotearoa

Arts Access Aotearoa | Whakahauhau Katoa o Hanga advocates for people in New Zealand who experience barriers to participation in the arts, as both creators and audience members.

Article 27

Article 27 promotes economical accessibility of art and culture in Belgium.

Article 27

Attitude is Everything

Attitude is Everything improves Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry to implement a Charter of Best Practice across the UK.


Disability Arts International

Disability Arts International is a website and regular digital newsletter developed and coordinated by the British Council. Disability Arts International aims to promote the work of the exciting generation of excellent disabled artists, disabled-led companies and inclusive arts organisations.


Diversity Arts Culture

Diversity Arts Culture is a design and consultation office for diversity development in the cultural sector, based in Berlin. We aim to make arts and culture accessible to all and to break down barriers, so that we can bring exciting art from diverse perspectives to the cultural sector.

Diversity Arts Culture

Europe Beyond Access

Europe Beyond Access will support disabled artists to break the glass ceilings of the contemporary theatre & dance sectors. The core partners of the project are British Council (operating for this project in the UK and Poland), Onassis Stegi (Greece); Holland Dance Festival (The Netherlands), Kampnagel (Germany); Per.Art (Serbia), Skånes Dansteater (Sweden), Oriente Occidente(Italy). It is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission.

European Design for All e-Accessibility Network


Helsinki for All project

The aim of the Helsinki for All project (2002-2011) is a city in which everyone can move and live with ease. The goal is a Helsinki whose streets and green areas, buildings and public transport solutions are easy to use and blend seamlessly together. Public services are available to everyone.
Helsinki for All project

IT Funk

IT Funk has been The Norwegian Research Council's RTD-programme on ICT for people with disability.


Kaikukortti is currently in use in Espoo and in Kainuu. It is also tested out in Lappeenranta starting the 1st of June 2017 until 31st of December. Kaikukortti will get you free tickets for many cultural venues, such as concerts, museums, dance performances and theatre.

Nordic Audio Film Forum

Nordic Audio Film Forum intends to promote the national and international supply of audiodescription for cinema, television and cultural events by exchange of experience, common projects and initiatives.
Nordic Audio Film Forum declaration
Nordic Audio Film Forum in Facebook

Social Circus project

The main goal of the Social Circus project is to help circus organisations produce quality social circus for special groups, give the organisations necessary marketing tools to turn social circus into a product for welfare services.
Social Circus project: vaikuttavasirkus.fi/english

The Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE)

The Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) is an information provider and a forum for collaborative dialogue between providers and users on how the built environment can best be made or modified to achieve inclusion by design.


Communication and Technology Centre Tikoteekki

Communication and Technology Centre Tikoteekki promotes the best possible communication for people with complex communication needs.

Cultural Service for the Visually Impaired (CSVI)

Cultural Service for the Visually Impaired (CSVI) encourages visually impaired people to have cultural activities and promotes accessibility for various kinds of cultural events. CSVI publishes Kajastus-magazine. It also submits people who provide audio descriptionto various cultural events, and sustains a register of these people.

Culture Action Europe

Culture Action Europe is an advocacy and lobby organisation promoting arts and culture as a building block of the European project. The aim of the organization is to influence European policies for more and better access to culture across the continent and beyond.

DanceAbility Finland

DanceAbility Finland is a non-profit organization continually forging new frontiers in dance through workshops and demonstrations.


Demos is a think tank working on six different areas in order to better people's ability to make personal choices and to make organisations more effective.


The DuvTeatern theatre company

The DuvTeatern theatre company aims to deepen the connection between people with and without disabilities and co-operates with visiting professional artists.

EUCREA Finland

EUCREA Finland promotes equal opportunities for people with disabilities in the areas of art, culture and media. A member association in the European network EUCREA international.

Eucrea International

Eucrea International is an international association for the promotion of equal opportunities for people with disabilities in the areas of art, culture and media.

European Disability Forum


European Outsider Art Association (EOA)

European Outsider Art Association (EOA) operates as an umbrella organisation for all cultural workers devoted to the promotion of marginalised art in the European cultural sector. The primary objectives of the association include for example contributing to the shaping, development and implementation of national and European policies and legislation and to promote the rights of outsider artists.


FDUV is a nationwide interest organisation working on behalf of Swedish-speaking persons with intellectual disability and their close relatives. FDUV stands for Förbundet De Utvecklingsstördas Väl (Association for Swedish-speaking persons with intellectual disability in Finland).

The Federation of Swedish Speaking Visually Impaired in Finland


The Finnish Association for Autism and Asperger's Syndrome



The Finnish Association for Mental Health, FAMH

The Finnish Association for Mental Health, FAMH promotes mental health and works towards good mental health to be considered essential at all levels of society and in all spheres of life.

The Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (FAIDD)

The Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (FAIDD) is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that promotes good life, equality and participation for people with intellectual disabilities and others who need support with learning, understanding and communicating.

The Finnish Association of People with Physical Disabilities (FPD)

The Finnish Association of People with Physical Disabilities (FPD) is a national advocacy and service association.


The Finnish Association of the Deaf

The Finnish Association of the Deaf is advocacy, expert and service organisation.


Finnish Central Association for Mental Health

Finnish Central Association for Mental Health is an association for people suffering and recovering from psychiatric problems. It stresses the right to a full, dignified life for everyone.

The Finnish CP Association

The Finnish CP Association has 20 local member associations around the country. As a national disability organisation, the Finnish CP Association monitors the realisation of the rights of persons with Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida or hydrocephalus and their families.

The Finnish Deafblind Association



The Finnish Federation of Hard of Hearing (FFHOH)

The Finnish Federation of Hard of Hearing (FFHOH) represents the rights and interests of HOH people and provides services for HOH and deafened people and their families.


Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired (FFVI)



Finnish Neuro Society

Finnish Neuro Society looks after the interests of people with MS and rare progressive neurological diseases as well as their families.

Hilma - The Support Centre for Immigrant Persons with Disabilities


Inclusion Finland KVTL

Inclusion Finland KVTL's mission is to provide support for its members, protect and develop the social equality and rights of the intellectually disabled and their families, and act to promote its members´ quality of life.


International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP)

The mission of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) is to define, promote and improve the accessibility profession globally through networking, education and certification in order to enable the creation of accessible products, content and services.


Kakora promotes accessibility in the culture field in Estonia and supports new methods that enable also the visually impaired people to enjoy cultural events and participate in the creation of art. http://kakora.sarasyl.com/

Lighthouse International

Lighthouse International is dedicated to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment.

The National Council on Disability VANE

The National Council on Disability VANE is a co-operative organ for Finnish authorities, disability organisations and organisations for relatives of disabled people.


Psykosociala förbundet

Finland's Swedish-speaking National Psychosocial Central Association has 14 constituent organizations.

Universal design in Norway



VOCALEYES is an audio description service for people with a visual impairment, providing access to the best in the arts.

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland continues the activities of the Arts Council of Finland. Its task is to promote the arts. The Arts Promotion Centre Finland is an expert agency under the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Celia Library

Celia is a Finnish state-owned special library which produces and provides literature in accessible formats. The books are meant for people who are unable to read standard printed books, due to illness or disability – including visually impaired persons, persons suffering from dyslexia and learning disabilities, developmental disabilities and muscular diseases, etc.

Finland's National Board of Antiquities

Finland's National Board of Antiquities is the nation's specialist, service provider, developer and authority in material cultural heritage and the cultural environment field.

Ministry of Education and Culture


Ministry of Social Affairs and Health


Minna - Centre for Gender Equality Information


National Institute for Health and Welfare


Non-Discrimination Ombudsman

The task of the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman is to advance equality in Finland and to prevent and tackle discrimination. The Non-Discrimination Ombudsman is an independent and autonomous authority.
Non-Discrimination Ombudsman: syrjinta.fi

The Nordic Council and Nordic Council of Ministers


The Organization of Disabled in Iceland


Parliament of Finland


SBi, the Danish Building Research Institute

SBi, the Danish Building Research Institute is an institute at Aalborg University. Situated in Copenhagen the institute deals with all subjects within constructions and buildings and develops research-based knowledge to improve buildings and the built environment.

Selkokulttuuri ry

Selkokulttuuri ry is the first association in Finland that focuses on the production of cultural events in simple Finnish, selkosuomi.



Universell - National Coordinator of Accessibility of Higher Education in Norway





Art Beyond Sight Educational Resources

Art Beyond Sight Educational Resources is a user-friendly web site that combines online learning experiences with an extensive collection of teaching materials, networking and community building tools. The site below handles touch tours and other tactile experiences in connection to accessing works of art.


Artsline is the London arts information service for disabled people.

The Blind Readers' Page

The Blind Readers' Page website is a guide to sources of information in alternative formats (Braille, recorded cassettes, large print, e-texts, web audio) accessible by people with print disabilities - those with visual and physical handicaps, as well as dyslexia.

Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe

Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe is a web-based and permanently updated information and monitoring system of national cultural policies in Europe. It is a long term project which aims to include all 50 member states co-operating within the context of the European Cultural Convention.

The Danish Spinal Cord Injuries Association

RYK - Rygmarvsskadede i Danmark - The Danish Spinal Cord Injuries Association. It maintains Tbasen, a database of accessible places.


Esteetön.fi - Information and knowledge on accessibility in the built environment

Festival calender

Event calender of the members of Finland Festivals. You can search for festivals also by accessibility.

Finland for All

At the website of Suomi kaikille (Finland for All) you can search information about the accessibility of different activities and services.


God Adgang

God Adgang lists service providers, who have joined the Accessibility Label scheme.


Handspeak. Website for visual languages, communication, cultures and arts.


At museot.fi database you can search for Finnish museums by name, location, subject, type of the museum, accessibility or by facilities.



Papunet is a website with information on speech disability and different means of communication: plain language and AAC methods (pictures, signs and bliss symbolics).

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