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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。
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。
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.
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
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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