Culture and Leisure Area
Access to Culture and Leisure by people with disabilities may seem at first glance to be of little importance, however, we must reject that idea.
The ONCE Foundation aims to achieve full normalisation of the lives of people with disabilities, and this depends not only on an egalitarian access to the labour market, but also on being able to manage in all social fields in the most independent way possible. Without doubt this includes Culture and Leisure, as a society will really be able to advance when all its members can enjoy these rights under equal conditions.
The Culture and Leisure Department of the ONCE Foundation, in addition to developing its own projects, supports the implementation of cultural and leisure initiatives by other entities, when their aim is the benefit of people with disabilities.
We will only achieve the aim that culture is available to everyone by working from two fields of action. On the one hand, achieving access to works of Art produced by others, be they in museums, cinemas, theatres, etc. On the other hand, obtaining the access of artists with disability to the circuit of the Art market, thus achieving their labour inclusion.
In the Culture and Leisure Department we work day after day to achieve these aims. In the first case collaborators are encouraged through signing with different entities to achieve the elimination of existing barriers. In the second case, it is a matter of facilitating the inclusion of artists with disability into the labour market by means of the sale of their works of art.
Leisure: tourism and basic sport
Tourism and basic sport must also be leisure alternatives within the reach of the collective of people with disabilities.
It is therefore of vital importance to eliminate once again the access barriers to all sporting or tourism activities, in the sports centres, in particular activities, either in specific material in order to practise a sport or with volunteers who offer their collaboration so that people who need it can develop the activity they prefer.
The most important thing is that when people with disabilities decide to carry out an activity or go to a tourist destiny they can be confident that the accessibility information provided is truthful. This is going to be a determining factor in achieving full integration.