A FREMANTLE organisation’s work giving the vision-impaired better access to Perth’s art and culture scene has been named a winner at the 2016 Community Services Excellence Awards.
DADAA won the Outstanding Commitment to Citizen Empowerment category for its Access All Arts program, which uses audio descriptions and other tools to give the blind, vision-impaired and deaf-blind better access to art and culture events such as the Fremantle Festival and Spare Parts Puppet Theatre shows.
DADAA development director Ricky Arnold said the Access All Arts program was just one of many they ran to promote positive social change and opportunities for those with disability or mental illness.
“DADAA dares to give people with disability and mental health issues a voice,” he said.
“We have grown significantly, creating innovative programs that respond to need and increasing access to cultural participation for people with disability across Perth and Western Australia.
“It is an honour for DADAA to be recognised for our achievement and, more importantly, for artistic participation to be acknowledged for its power to transform people’s lives.”