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Cultural Inclusion For People Who Have Intellectual Disability – What Is This?

  • Bringing people who have severe intellectual disability into the heart of cultural programming
  • Artist-led diversity and inclusive programming in the cultural sector
  • Knowledge about the social care sector, intellectual impairment and inclusive approaches within the cultural sector
  • Discourse on integrated visual art practice and the ethics of working with people who have profound cognitive impairment
  • Cultural programming that has relevancy for people who have intellectual disability and those that support them
  • Purposeful and relevant connection with art for people who have intellectual disability

How To Reach People With Intellectual Disability In Your Community?

  • Learn about Social Care (See Simon Duffy’s video below)
  • Contact Special Schools (specially SLD Schools and FE Departments) in your area and visit them
  • Contact Social Care Commissioners in your LA ask them about what they do provide and what the current gaps are
  • Contact local Community Learning Disability Teams (CLDTs – social workers who assess needs and help find support for adults with learning disabilities). Local authority areas will have several of these
  • Research residential and day care agencies and homes and visit them
  • Research specialist training about learning disability, challenging needs and autism in your area and sign up

Creating Inclusive Opportunities:


  • Who do we want to reach and why?
  • What space and/or environment would work for this?
  • Will it be meaningful and/or relevant for them i.e. will they understand, feel involved and connected to what is happening? If so, how? If not, why?
  •  What is the best way to communicate with people and those that support them – signing, picture symbols, spoken words and/or total communication and/or all of the above?
  • Do we need to commission specialist/s to support development in this area of work? Is so who?
  • What can we gain from making real connection with people who have complex needs?
  • In what ways is this work important to us and different to what we do already as an organisation?