The aim of Elephant In The Room (EiTR) is to work in partnership with the Art, Culture and Music organisations.
To raise awareness the Disabled (Hidden and Visible), Deaf, Neurodiverse, Chronic Illness and Mental Health communities in the UK.
EiTR has also been working on providing advice on how to improve access by utilising whatever facilities are available so costs are kept low.
We run Disability, Equality and Communication Workshops. We have delivered workshops at Schools, Colleges, Museums, Galleries and Theatres.
Our latest addition to our services is an extension of our BSL Performance Interpreter Referral offering. Details are here.
Since 2016, EiTR has worked with various organisations as listed:
Hull Jazz Festival
IETM International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts
Hull City of Culture 2017
Hull New Theatre
Hull City Hall
Hull City Council
Middle Child Theatre
Hull Box Office
St Marys Academy
Bishop Burton College
Hull and East Yorkshire NHS
Back To Ours
East Riding Theatre
Doncaster CAST Theatre
Hull Culture and Leisure Ltd
ARCADE Arts Ltd on behalf of COAST
EiTR has featured on BBC Radio Humberside, BBC No Filter, BBC Look North, BBC News, Vidas Reales (Argentina), Hull Daily Mail, NBC News (US), BBC News, Hull is This and the Soundsphere magazine.
However, so much more is needed to be done to break the perceived stigma around Deafness, Disabilities, Neurodiversity, Mental Health and Chronic Illnesses.
EiTR would love to see venues, festivals and organisations to start including Deaf/Disabled/Neurodiverse/Chronically Ill people. We are music lovers, theatre lovers, dancers, cultured, arty, sexy and intelligent.
Businesses, you may ask “Why should I include the Disabled/Deaf /Neurodiversity/Chronic Illness communities?”
The answer is simple: In the UK, it is thought that some seven million people of working age have a Disability, which all adds up to an awful lot of spending power. This is known as the “Purple Pound” and is reckoned to be worth around £249bn to the economy.
Elephant In The Room mainly focuses on improving the level of inclusion in the Arts sector which includes theatres, festivals, art galleries and cinemas.
BSL Performance Interpreters
We provide a service where we source British Sign Language (BSL) Performance Interpreters. The service is tailored around the client’s requirements.
Fees varies depending on what is required.
We provide a consultancy service which focuses on access, marketing and we produce a report showing areas to improve upon.
Charges for this service varies depending on what is required.
We deliver thought provoking talks about Disability, Communication and Equality.
We use real life environments to show how a situation can disable anyone and how the Social Model of Disability can apply to everyone.
EiTR provide training focusing on the following:
- Disability Awareness.
- De-stigmatising Disabilities.
- An introduction to BSL and visual language.
- and more thought-provoking content.
Much of what we do is about taking a bespoke approach which involves the Deaf/Disabled/Neurodiversity/Chronic Illness communities to ensure they have a voice so we can work together with venues/organisations to create a change where access is not an afterthought. We also provide a voice for venues and organisations too.