The following pages include information, resources, and links about Access and Equity Policies and Procedures, grants and funding specifically for Deaf & Disability Arts & Artists including Access Funding to cover accessibility costs, and guides to help you with applying for a grant, from various funding organizations.

These pages also include general information regarding accessibility in media. 

Accessibility Tool Kit




The Accessibility Toolkit is a guide to making art spaces accessible, created by Humber College in partnership with Tangled Art + Disability.  It offers an introduction to and recommendations for incorporating accessibility features into aspects of exhibition design, such as: ƒ exhibition content; ƒ label design and text; ƒ lighting; ƒ image description; ƒ audio description; ƒ transcription and captioning; ƒ language usage; and ƒ access symbols.

Click here to view the access guide. 


Access and Equity Links

Following are quick links to the Access & Equity policies and procedures from various funding organizations. Some also include information about how to access Access Funding, below the links to those is information about which art councils offer it.


Access & Equity
Inclusive Application Process Policy
Deaf Artists & Artists With Disabilities 


Equity Framework
Application Accessibility Support


Application Assistance
(Project) Access Support




Access Funding Information


Access Funding is available from some Arts Councils throughout Canada. It provides specific funding to cover access costs incurred during the various stages of applying for a grant, completing a project, and writing your final report. It can include things like paying for a support worker, ASL interpretation, audio description, or a grant writing assistant. You do not need to get an arts grant in order to use it for the application process. If your accessibility costs are part of your funded project, it will not be taken from that funding.



Vital Practices in the Arts

Vital Practices in the Arts is a resource guide for documenting, producing, and sharing arts and knowledge in ways that are accessible, collaborative, and disruptive.

This guide is produced by Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life (BIT) with collaborating partners Creative Users Projects and Tangled Art + Disability.

Click here to view Vital Practices in the Arts 


Accessible Design in Digital Media



Making Accessible Media: Accessible Design in Digital Media is a course of study from Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning designed to educate Canadians on the importance and relevance of inclusive design and accessibility in media.

Designed for post-secondary institutions, broadcast media professionals, and all Canadians, this fully accessible open access online course, offered in both French and English, will focus on representation of disability in media, video captioning, audio transcription, described video and live captioning for broadcast, alternative text for image description and tutorials on how to make accessible documents and presentations.

Click here to read more.





Deaf Artists and Theatres Toolkit




The Deaf Artists & Theatres Toolkit (DATT)! The DATT serves as a resource and guide to increase innovative collaborations between professional theatre companies and Deaf artists as well as to increase engagement with Deaf audiences.

Click here to view the Toolkit