To advance a path through which cultural accessibility and social inclusion can be fully realized, the Ministry of Culture will hold an international conference in Taipei this November to draft a roadmap to achieve this goal and re-shape Taiwan's cultural-scapes.
"Cultural accessibility" focuses on ensuring everyone's right to access and participate in cultural activities, regardless of identity, age, gender, geological origin, ethnic background, or other factors such as living with disabilities. "Social inclusion" seeks to honor the uniqueness of each individual and build mutual understanding and appreciation among various groups. Everyone has the right to acquire cultural resources and express one's self through cultural participation.
To help all individuals connect to their surroundings on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level, the development of one's potential should be nurtured holistically and harmoniously. The ultimate purpose of cultural accessibility and social inclusion is to adopt the framework of universal design when developing content and services, making cultural institutions accessible for all. This is not a scattered response to those with disabilities; rather, it is a more comprehensive way of thinking that takes into account everyone's physical and cultural needs.
The inaugural International Conference on Cultural Accessibility and Social Inclusion in Taiwan is an occasion for participants to exchange ideas and learn from each other. Professionals from cultural facilities such as museums and performing arts centers, as well as practitioners from art administration, special education, social work, communication, design, and other related fields, will meet and intersect, inspiring further changes and innovation.
Submissions should pertain to cultural accessibility and social inclusion issues.
Submissions should pertain to cultural accessibility and social inclusion projects or cases that were initiated and have continued to gain progress in recent years.
More information is available at www.2019casi.org/en/.