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Ontario Arts Council


Shoshana Wasser

Communications Coordinator (Government & Media Relations)
Toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434

New Support for Deaf Artists and Artists with Disabilities

December 12, 2014

In OAC’s new strategic plan, Vital Arts and Public Value, Deaf artists and artists with disabilities are identified as a new priority group. As a result, a number of initiatives have been established to support these artists.

Support For Accessibility Costs to Prepare Applications

OAC will provide up to $500 per individual in one fiscal year towards the costs of accessibility services [e.g. translation from American Sign Language (ASL) or langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) to English or French, a personal assistant to read aloud OAC documents or to transcribe verbal responses and prepare the written application, assistive devices or software]. Artists are responsible for arranging the accessibility support.

Support for Accessibility Costs for Successful Applicants

Applicants with a disability or who are deaf, may also apply for financial support towards the costs of accessibility services in making their work (e.g. ASL/LSQ interpretation, personal assistants, transportation, assistive devices or software). Funds toward these costs will be awarded in addition to the artists' grants to support creation, production or professional development.

For details, please contact the granting officer responsible for the program of your choice.

Deaf and Disability Arts Projects program

OAC has established a new program dedicated to Deaf artists and artists with disabilities. Program details will be released in the new year.

Resource video for Deaf Artists and Artists with Disabilities

Boundless: Deaf Artists, Artists with Disabilities and OAC – a video featuring Deaf artists and artists with disabilities from a range of backgrounds speaking about their experience applying for grants and/or participating on juries – will be available in the new year. The video incorporates ASL and LSQ and enhanced captioning.