Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, and Sophie Cluzel, Secretary of State to the Prime Minister, responsible for persons with disabilities, chaired the Culture-Handicap National Commission on October 19, 2021 at the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie.

The Commission met on the joint initiative of the two ministers for the first time in six years.

The ministers recalled the decisive character of Culture in the construction of an inclusive society, respectful of the cultural rights of persons, before the representatives of the associations of the disability sector, and in the presence of Jérémie Boroy, Chair of the National Disability Advisory Council.

The exchanges focused in particular on the accessibility of educational pathways in higher arts education, on the accessibility of works of the performing arts, heritage and cinema, and the need for an ambitious plan for a responsive and accessible publishing offering.

The Commission has defined the following priority areas for work: the creation of a dialogue and exchange body to support educational institutions in their strategy of welcoming students with disabilities, the search for the accessibility of all training courses, the awareness of the handicaps of professionals in the sector as well as the restructuring of the network of handicapped referees.

The participants reaffirmed that the development of actions in favour of inclusive representations in live performance and audiovisual, as well as the accessibility of screenings to cinema were requirements of cultural democracy. They also stressed the urgent need to continue to support the appropriation of the Culture pass by young people with disabilities.

In order to implement the set of recommendations mentioned above, the General Delegation for Transmission, Territories and Cultural Democracy will convene thematic working groups involving the members of the committee.