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Melbourne Spoken Word Workshop: Open Your Eyes (OYE) Disability Equality Training

  • Siteworks: Workroom 1 33 Saxon Street Brunswick, VIC, 3056 Australia (map)
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Would you like to create inclusive environments dedicated to equality and authentic representation of people with disability? Engage confidently with disabled artists and audiences?

Spoken Word is thrilled to be offering Open Your Eyes (OYE) Disability Equality Training, Arts Access Victoria’s (AAV) comprehensive introduction to disability equality tailored specifically for the arts industry. AAV has been a leader in access and disability related professional development for over 40 years.

OYE provides an understanding of the needs of people with disability, along with skills and knowledge that can be immediately implemented in any organisation, group or project. OYE engages and challenges participants in such a way that it transforms fear into confidence.

This training workshop will cover: 

  • Defining disability and understanding its social context

  • Best practice language on disability 

  • The Social Model of Disability 

  • Understanding barriers to inclusion, participation and engagement

  • Knowing your obligations around access and inclusion

  • The creative case for inclusion, beyond compliance  

The Melbourne Fringe Festival Producer had this to say after the workshop: 

“The Open Your Eyes disability awareness and equality training is an essential foundation workshop for absolutely everyone. It places access and inclusion within a social context and in a very short time allows the participants to dismantle preconceived ideas about disability – even when those ideas have been well-meaning and, in some ways, effective – and rebuild their understanding based around the Social Model. It's a mix of educating about what practical steps and processes can be taken to build a more accessible and inclusive society, along with an exploration of dreaming big: imagining a world where all barriers to participation have been removed.”

The OYE facilitators are artists with disability, skilled at using their creative talents to illuminate complex issues around access and inclusion.

Jo Dunbar

Jo Dunbar is a choreographer, director and facilitator with 20 years’ experience in the professional arts industry. Originally from the UK, Jo has worked and trained across multi-art platforms with various arts companies in the UK, Europe and, now, Australia.

In 2011, she founded Australia’s first dance company for deaf and hard-of-hearing performers, The Delta Project. Born profoundly deaf and bilingual in both English and Auslan, she is passionate about all things diverse, experimental and inclusive.

As a facilitator, Jo is skilled at helping participants to draw learning from themselves and each other.

Leisa Prowd

Leisa Prowd has been working at Arts Access Victoria since 2007 to make the arts more accessible for all and is one of the lead facilitators of the OYE Disability Equality Training.

Leisa is an international dancer, performance artist and life model. She joined the inclusive theatre ensembles of the award-winning Rawcus Theatre Company in 2016, and the acclaimed Weave Movement Theatre Group in 2014. She is currently developing both solo and collaborative performances here and overseas.

Leisa’s natural humour and personal anecdotes help to connect participants to the material in a very relatable way.

General Admission: $40

Golden Ticket: $100 (includes Opening Night, Closing Night Party, and two workshops)