“Accessibility is the Future”, the phrase coined by LGBTQ+ Disability activists, Anniee Lainey, also known as Annie Elainey, is a call to action. Luminato is committed to building this better future for everyone.
What’s New! - Access Advisory
This year, we are increasing our investment in the creativity and guidance of our Access Advisory, expanding our committee to ten exceptional community members: Natasha Bacchus, Alex Bulmer, Shay Elrich, Art Gunter, Jack Hawk, Sean Lee, Christine Malec, Gaitrie Persaud, Jen Roy, and Jessica Watkin. Members meet with the programming team to offer guidance, while also working individually with the festival according to specific skills.
Stay tuned for insights into this process!
In 2020, we began working with Disability Arts pioneers, Creative Users Projects and Tangled Arts + Disabilities, to join in some important conversations the Toronto arts community is having about building better access. This led to our inaugural access advisory who met on February 12, just one month before Covid19 changed all best laid plans: Natasha Bacchus, Art Gunter, Sean Lee, Christine Malec, Rebecca Singh, Jessica Watkin who joined Christine Karcza, Luminato’s long-term Accessibility Consultant.
Measures to support accessibility
- Include accessibility as part of our core values.
- Annually review and update our accessibility policies and practices.
- Integrate accessibility into all aspects of our company both internal and external.
- Provide regular accessibility training for our staff and volunteers.
- Assessment through feedback from our access advisory, patrons, volunteers, and staff.
- Assessment through external audits on website compliance.
As per the Government of Ontario’s AODA standards, beginning January 1, 2021: all public websites and web content posted after January 1, 2012 must meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA other than criteria 1.2.4 (live captions) and 1.2.5 (pre-recorded audio descriptions).
Luminato is actively working to ensure compliancy by or before this deadline. A new website will be launched in March with new accessibility features testing to begin in the fall of 2020. It is our goal to create content that will exceed the minimum standards required by law.
We welcome your comments as we strive to expand our accessibility offerings. Please contact Cathy Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 416 368 3100 x235
Luminato’s Official Accessibility Sponsor
Toronto Sign Language Interpreter Service (TSLIS)