National Commission on Culture and Disability
Created by decree of 7 February 2001, it constitutes a forum for dialogue and consultation between the ministries responsible for culture and persons with disabilities, the main associations of disabled persons, persons with disabilitiesand the cultural and artistic environment. Its mission is to propose measures in all the fields concerned, including access to equipment, artistic practice, training and cultural professions.
Fleur Pellerin, together with Ségolène Neuville, Secretary of State for Persons with Disabilities and the Fight against Exclusion, chaired the 10th National Commission on Culture and Disability. Three major projects have been announced: giving priority to accessibility to public broadcasting, new measures for adapted publishing and digital media, and strengthening the training of cultural professionals.
Aurélie Filippetti, Minister of Culture and Communication, and Marie-Arlette Carlotti, Minister Responsible for Persons with Disabilities and the Fight against Exclusion, presided on 14 January 2014, the National Commission for Culture and Disability at the Ministry of Culture and Communication.
The meeting of the Committee on Culture and Disability, chaired by Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication, and Roselyne Bachelot, Minister of Solidarity and Social Cohesion, addressed accessibility to cinema and audiovisual for people with disabilities.
The meeting of the Committee on Culture and Disability, chaired by Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication, and Nadine Morano, Secretary of State for the Family and Solidarity, presented new measures to promote access to culture for people with disabilities.
The annual meeting of the Commission Culture et Handicap, chaired by Christine Albanel, Minister of Culture and Communication, and Valérie Létard, Secretary of State for Solidarity, reaffirmed the government’s commitment to respect the commitments of the law of 11 February 2005.
The two ministers stressed in particular the objectives to be achieved in terms of accessibility to the built environment and the cultural offer, and the progress made in the media and new technologies sectors.
Press release (pdf format) - Minister’s speech (pdf format) - Report (pdf format) - Synthesis (pdf format)
Deck provided to National Commission participants (pdf format)
Christine Albanel, Minister of Culture and Communication, convened the Steering Committee of the Mission Culture et Handicap des établissements publics.
The Commission Culture-Handicap is meeting, co-chaired by Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, Minister of Culture and Communication, and Philippe Bas, Minister for Social Security, Seniors, Persons with Disabilities and the Family who sign two conventions. It welcomes Léon Bertrand, Minister for Tourism, for the signing of the national convention Culture-Tourism. Other signature of the Culture-Disability National Convention.
- in the framework of the Culture-Tourism Convention, the improvement of reception within cultural facilities;
- within the framework of the Culture-Handicap Convention, access to practices for persons with disabilities in medical and social establishments;
- in the context of the application of the law of 11 February 2005: the commitment of a training plan for professionals in the built environment and an action plan to facilitate access to historic monuments for people with disabilities; the proposal of an approach of agreement between the Drac and the departmental Houses of the disabled;
The importance of closed captioning of television programmes and the need for rapid implementation of the Copyright Act, which introduces a new disability exception, were also discussed.
> Press release (pdf format) - > Press kit (pdf format) - > List of participants (pdf format)
The Disability Culture Commission meets at the Ministry of Culture and Communication, under the co-chairmanship of Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, Minister of Culture and Communication, and Marie-Anne Montpchamp, State Secretary for Persons with Disabilities
- signature by the Ministry of Culture and Communication of the accessibility charter of the Ministry of Equipment;
- signing of a national Culture-Handicap convention;
- establishment of a working group on cultural professions for artists and creators with disabilities;
- publication of two collections adapted by the Centre des monuments nationaux;
- organization of the second "Art, Culture, Disability" Meetings;
- creation of a position of correspondents in the central and decentralized departments of the Ministry of Culture and Communication;
- Organisation of inter-regional seminars on access to artistic practices for people with disabilities.
The Commission meets under the co-chairmanship of Jean-Jacques Aillagon, Minister of Culture and Communication, and Marie-Thérèse Boisseau, Secretary of State for Persons with Disabilities.
- the catch-up plan for the subtitling of television programmes;
- the involvement of architecture schools;
- welcoming people with disabilities to cultural venues;
- access to reading and the exception for disabled persons in French copyright;
- improving access to cinema;
- the creation of the first Rencontres "art, culture, handicap" in Bourges from 19 to 21 October.
Second meeting of the Commission, co-chaired by Catherine Tasca, Minister of Culture and Communication, and Ségolène Royal, Minister for Families, Children and Persons with Disabilities.
At the end of its work, the Commission decided to examine the follow-up to be given to a number of these proposals, including:
- engage in discussions with schools of architecture and architects so as to ensure that handicaps are better taken into account by professional circles;
- to improve and systematize the information of cultural establishments vis-à-vis disabled persons in order to enable each and everyone to know, before moving, what arrangements he or she may have;
- to ensure that all persons with disabilities receive adequate accommodation in cultural facilities to facilitate their access to art and culture;
- to promote, for the benefit of handicapped young people, the opening of artistic training establishments to enable them to engage effectively in a cultural or artistic profession;
- set up a training plan for cultural actors, particularly those responsible for reception, transmission and mediation functions, so as to create awareness and a better knowledge of disability issues;
- develop closed captioning and audio-description devices to enable people who are deaf or blind to have better access to cinema, television and other cultural goods;
- include culture in the projects for the establishment of medico-social institutions and develop their twinning with cultural institutions to promote their openness to the cultural environment.
> Report (rtf format)
> Areas for action (rtf format)
The Commission nationale Culture-Handicap is officially installed by Catherine Tasca, Minister of Culture and Communication, and Ségolène Royal, Minister for Families, Children and Persons with Disabilities.
The Commission nationale Culture-Handicap is created by decree. It is composed of the Agreement Committee, which brings together eight associations representing persons with disabilities:
- UNAPEI (Union Nationale des Associations de Parents et Amis de Personnes Handicapées Mentales);
- APAJH (Association for Adults and Youth with Disabilities);
- APF (Association des Paralysés de France);
- GIHP (Groupement pour l'Insertion des Personnes Handicapées Physiques);
- UNAFAM (Union of Friends and Families of the Mentally Ill);
- UNISDA (National Union for the Social Integration of Hearing Impaired);
- CNPSA (National Committee for the Social Advancement of the Blind);
- CLAPEAHA (Liaison and Action Committee of Parents of Children and Adults with Associated Disabilities);
to which are added:
- EUCREA France (Europe Créativité) representative;
- A representative of the National Foundation of Gerontology;
- 4 persons with disabilities from cultural and artistic backgrounds;
- 3 representatives of the Ministry of Culture and Communication;
- Representatives of the Ministry of Equipment, Transport and Housing and the Ministry of Employment and Solidarity.