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British Deaf Association - Cinema Training

Do you want to make sure your venue is accessible and welcoming to everyone?

Train your staff and improve your venue for FREE so that it is open to all disabled and Deaf audiences.

In this one day workshop, delivered by HearFirst and supported by the British Deaf Association in partnership with BFI Film Audience Network, you will...

  • Understand more about different areas of disability.
  • Know how to improve service for Deaf/disabled people for your cinema.
  • Feel more confident about approaching accessibility and welcoming Deaf/disabled people to your venue.

The free workshops cover:

  • Understanding the different groups in the D/deaf community
  • Simulation of deafness
  • Introduction to British Sign Language (BSL)
  • Understanding lip reading
  • Technologies used by D/deaf people

We will also help you address accessibility with regard to:

  • Blindness and Partial Sight
  • Mental Health Conditions
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Your responsibilities as a venue and as staff under the Equality Act 2010


Various venues & locations nationwide
9.30 or 10am to 4.30 or 5pm

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Supported by

Heritage Lottery

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Please note: You can apply to your regional Film Hub for a travel bursary to attend this event.

Where will the training take place?

These training days took place in various locations around the UK throughout March 2016 - Bristol, Brighton, Sheffield, Glasgow and Cardiff.

What you need to do

These training days are now over.

More info

Please email info@independentcinemaoffice.org.uk if you have any queries about these training days.

"Without wishing to sound too gushy I found it really inspiring - I came away with a lot of really useful ideas that we can adapt to our own cinema and a lot more confidence in putting in a wider programme to appeal to a more diverse audience. The day really delivered!"

Training participant

Independent Cinema Office

3rd Floor, Kenilworth House, 79-80 Margaret Street, London W1W 8TA
T: 020 7636 7120 F: 020 7636 7121 E: info@independentcinemaoffice.org.uk

Registered in England and Wales. Company 5369193.
ICO is a registered charity No. 1109053