“The Future is Accessible”. This phrase coined by LGBTQ+ Disability activist Annie Sagarra, also known as Annie Elainey, is our call to action. Luminato is committed to building this better future for everyone.
Luminato’s Access Logo
Look for this logo to identify Luminato’s Access Program.
Explore below to view our Access Hub Program
Luminato is taking over ISO Radio to create Radio LUMI. We’re bringing Luminato programs to Blind & low vision audiences with exclusive interviews, “on-air” audio descriptions, and more.
Listen to Radio LUMI throughout the festival on October 13th – 17th, 2021.
CRIP COLLAB Issue 3
CRIP COLLAB is a collaborative zine by Sticky Mangos featuring artists who belong to all three of these fantastic communities: Disabled, Racialized, and 2SLGBTQ+.
Creator, Pree Rehal. Contributing Editor, Courage Bacchus.
Visual Stories provide content descriptions of Luminato programs, including available accessibility features. Visual Stories are useful for neurodiverse audiences and anyone who benefits from detailed context.
This year we have collaborated with Deaf artists Courage Bacchus and Gaitrie Persaud to imagine a variety of programs that highlight Deaf artistry and ideas, such as Deaf Black Women: Artists from Across Canada, Deaf Bramble Gallery, CRIP COLLAB Issue 3, and Golden Hour Episode 2.
Not sure what these symbols mean? Learn more in the Glossary
In memory of Christine Karzca
Luminato honours the memory of Christine Karzca (1950-2020), our long-term accessibility consultant. As a staunch advocate for better accessibility practices, she set Luminato on our path towards meaningful inclusion. She was treasured by the community and is deeply missed. We dedicate 2021-2022 season to her.
Our commitment to Accessibility
Luminato is working hard to bring accessibility into the centre of what we do and we know this is a deep process which requires a long-term commitment. We are looking from every angle, inside and out, at how to change the way we work. Our internal programs include biweekly Lunch & Learn sessions, ASL lessons, as well as regular consultation with our advisory to offer feedback on office design, website functionality, artistic processes, training, and more. We are committed to hiring more Disabled staff and artists. We are committed to creating transparency with Radio LUMI’s behind-the-scenes podcasts and the expanding Access Hub. We are excited to share the work we’re doing and to keep growing in our commitments.
This year we are increasing our investment in the creativity and guidance of our Access Advisory, expanding our committee to nine exceptional community members: Natasha “Courage” Bacchus, Shay Elrich, Art Gunter, Jack Hawk, Sean Lee, Christine Malec, Gaitrie Persaud, Jen Roy, and Jessica Watkin. Members meet with the programming team four times a year to offer guidance, as well as meeting with our staff during our biweekly Lunch & Learns. Throughout the year, members lead specific projects from ASL classes to website consults to panel discussions, in addition to the festival programs listed above.
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). Our new website launched in March 2021 with new accessibility features. The testing began in fall 2020 with assistance from members of our advisory and other Disabled experts in the field. We strive to create content that exceeds 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