Access programme

The Access Programme is dedicated to ensuring that individuals or groups with additional needs are catered for within our general public programme and through bespoke activities and events available both onsite and via outreach projects. We are committed to ensuring that all learning programmes and courses are accessible to everyone, including those with complex needs.We work with organisations such as Enable Ireland, St John of God’s, KARE and Down Syndrome Ireland, and Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland to create adapted events that cater to their service users’ needs. We also collaborate with SEN and resource teachers to ensure we offer accessible opportunities for mixed ability school groups. For core onsite programming we liaise with organisations such as the National Council for the Blind Ireland (NCBI), Arts and Disability Ireland, Irish Sign Language (ISL) Ireland and other to regularly offer bespoke tours and talks for individuals and groups that are hard of hearing, have visual impairment or dementia. One of our priorities for 2017/2018 is to develop programming for individuals with autism and we have begun staff training to facilitate this development.

How we do it:

As part of our onsite public programme, the Gallery offers tailored tours and workshops for people with additional needs. These are designed in collaboration with relevant organisations and facilitated by specifically trained guides and practitioners. They range from tactile sensory tours for individuals and groups with visual impairment, to signed tours with headsets for those who are hard of hearing, to specifically-designed gentle conversational tours for individuals with dementia and their partners/carers. Aside from these tailored activities we endeavour to make our general programme as accessible as possible through a broad general provision for participants and working with excellent facilitators. Our bespoke programme includes collaborations with Down Syndrome Ireland and their LatchOn programme, the LauraLynn Hospice (the Sensory Room is pictured below), and most recently we have begun working with Blossom Ireland to support their programme for children with a broad range of additional needs. The Access/Additional Needs Strand is bespoke and we welcome and encourage new partnerships and projects.

Types of Activities:

  • Tactile tours for individuals or groups with visual impairment
  • Tailored tours for individuals or groups who are hard of hearing
  • Irish Sign Language tours
  • Tailored activities for mixed ability school groups
  • Onsite and outreach activities for individuals and groups with dementia and their carers
  • Video and audio content available online through podcasts and live streaming
  • Bespoke long term projects for a broad range of groups and organisations

Find out more:

Contact Caomhán Mac Con Iomaire T: 01 6633610   E: [email protected]

The Sensory Room, Laura Lynn