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於政府主辦/資助之藝文節目加入藝術通達服務

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《聯合國殘疾人權利公約》(《公約》)自 2008 年 8 月 31 日起於中國生效,包括香港和澳門。《公約》宗旨是促進、保護和確保所有殘疾人士充分和平等地享有一切人權和基本自由,並促進對殘疾人士固有尊嚴的尊重。而根據《公約》第九條「無障礙」及第三十條「參與文化生活、娛樂、休閒和體育活動」,確認殘疾人士有權參與文化生活,及在與其他人平等的基礎上參加娛樂、休閒和體育活動。

然而,過去七年,香港特別行政區政府在其主辦的藝文節目,鮮有主動提供藝術通達服務,少數因有服務使用者主動要求而提供服務的節目,亦顯示政府部門的藝術行政人員及其委託的藝團對《公約》及藝術通達服務知識匱乏,令其執行困難重重,亦剝削了服務使用者能獨立自決欣賞藝文節目的權利。

2015 年 4 月 24 日,香港藝術發展局頒發藝術推廣獎予香港展能藝術會,表揚其「賽馬會藝術通達計劃」在藝術推廣工作上的成績,肯定了藝術通達服務在擴展香港藝術文化觀眾上的重要作用,亦確認了計劃在促進殘疾人士享有欣賞藝術的平等機會的成就。

就此,我們現邀請 閣下聯署予民政事務局劉江華先生,要求政府於其所主辦/資助之藝文節目加入藝術通達服務,讓殘疾人士能無障礙地選擇自己想欣賞的節目/活動,落實享有其與生俱來之基本人權。

我們要求:

1. 於政府所主辦/資助之所有藝文節目加入藝術通達服務;

2. 於由政府及香港藝術發展局資助藝團所主辦之所有藝文節目加入藝術通達服務;

3. 於由政府及香港藝術發展局資助藝團之撥款中,額外撥出「藝術通達預算」一項,成為撥款中之恆常項目之中;

4. 確保所有藝文資訊通達無障礙,提供不同類別之資訊模式;

5. 確保所有新建/裝修的藝文場所在實體設施上通達無障礙及用家友善,並為殘疾人士提供一個與一般人相同的出入口;

6. 確保所有新建/裝修的藝文場所在設計前期階段已邀請不同界別殘疾人士諮詢,直至所有室內設計定案為止。

如欲了解更多關於藝術通達服務,請瀏覽:http://www.jcaasc.hk

關於發起聯署團體;

香港展能藝術會的宗旨是「藝術同參與‧傷健共展能」,相信每個人都有藝術和創作的潛能,欣賞藝術是每一個人的權利。本會同時活躍於復康及藝術界,經常與不同機構及人士合作,舉辦各式藝術活動,致力於向殘疾人士普及藝術,推廣展能藝術家卓越的表現。殘疾人士是香港展能藝術會基本的服務對象,與此同時,我們希望透過公眾人士參與藝術欣賞和創作,推廣社會共融。2011年,在香港賽馬會慈善信託基金的支持下,香港展能藝術會開展了為期五年的賽馬會藝術通達計劃,並成立香港首個藝術通達服務中心,提供諮詢、培訓、公眾教育及配合不同需要的通達服務,促進本地藝文節目的通達發展,讓更多觀眾能無障礙地享受藝術,獲得更高質素的生活。

香港展能藝術會現為香港藝術發展局一年資助藝團。

Petition to provide Arts Accessibility Services in ALL arts and cultural programmes organised/subsidised by the Government

The United Nations Convention on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) has been effective in China since 31 August, 2008, including Hong Kong and Macao. The goal is to promote, protect and ensure all persons with (dis)abilities to enjoy all of their basic human rights and freedom fully as equal members of society. It also aims to facilitate the respect to the dignity of persons with (dis)abilities. In accordance to Article 9 “Barrier-free” and Article 30 “Participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport,”it is clear that persons with (dis)abilities should be able to execute their rights in participating in cultural life and be treated as an equal with others when participating in recreation, leisure and sport.

In spite of that, in the past seven years, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has rarely incorporated arts accessibility services in arts and cultural programmes organised by it. For those that provided the service in response to the demand of service users, it was apparent that neither the arts administrators of the government departments nor its commissioned arts organisations had the knowledge of arts accessibility services, resulting in huge amount of barriers in the implementation of such services which led to the exploitation of the human rights of service users to choose freely the arts and cultural programmes they would like to enjoy.

On 24 April, 2015, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) has awarded the Award for Arts Promotion to Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong (ADAHK) for the contribution of its ‘Jockey Club Arts Accessibility Scheme’. The award acknowledged the important role arts accessibility services plays in expanding the arts and culture audience base in Hong Kong. It has also recognised the Scheme’s effort in facilitating equal opportunities for persons with (dis)abilities to appreciate arts.

In light of this, the Association invites EVERYONE to sign this petition, addressing Mr. Lau Kong Wah, Secretary for Home Affairs, and demand for the Government to take lead in making arts accessible for ALL, safeguarding the human rights of people with (dis)abilities so they can choose freely and barrier-free the programmes and activities they would like to participate in.

We demand:

1.          All arts and cultural programmes organised/subsidised by the Government should automatically include arts accessibility services.

2.          All arts and cultural programmes organised by arts organisations funded by the Government or the Hong Kong Arts Development Countil should automatically include arts accessibility services.

3.          All arts and cultural organisations receiving regular grants from the Government or the Hong Kong Arts Development Council should be granted an extra budget amount for arts accessibility services as part of their regular production costs.

4.          All arts and cultural information should be accessible in various formats, catering for specific needs of different people.

5.          All newly built/renovated arts and cultural venues should be physically accessible and provides the same entrance/exit for people with (dis)abilities.

6.          All newly built/renovated arts and cultural venues should engaged the community of people with (dis)abilities in the early stage of design and keep them informed and on consultation until the end period of interior design.

For more details about arts accessibility services, please visit: http://www.jcaasc.hk

About ADAHK

Our vision is “Arts are for Everyone”. We believe that people with disabilities should have equal opportunity to have access to, participate in and enjoy the arts. By working both in the rehabilitation field and the arts field, together with different stakeholders, ADA has organized numerous activities to popularize the arts among people with disabilities and promote excellence in the works of artists with disabilities in Hong Kong. People with disabilities are our primary service users. We also work with the general public to promote integration and inclusion in society through the arts.

In 2011, with the generous support of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, ADAHK launched the 5-year Jockey Club Arts Accessibility Scheme (JCAAS) and set up the first-ever arts accessibility service centre, JCAASC, in Hong Kong. The Centre provides consultation, training, public education and arts accessibility services in order to establish a barrier-free arts environment and enhance the quality of lives for more people in Hong Kong.

ADAHK is presently a HKADC one-year grant recipient.

 



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