Training and Resources

Carousel is a learning disability led organisation working at a strategic level in the arts, media and education sectors to support the equality of opportunity for learning disabled people in the creative industries.

Our training is devised and delivered with learning disabled artists. On this page you can find training and resources that we have developed for schools, venues, staff teams and artists.

Please get in touch with us if you are interested in finding out more.

Resources for Schools

Art Workshops for Schools

We have a wide range of workshops, short courses and taster sessions available to schools.

Arts Award

Arts Award is a national scheme for young people who want to deepen their engagement with the arts and achieve a national qualification.

Nothing About Me Without Me

A disability equality education teaching resource for PSHE education, developed with St Luke’s Primary School.

Artsmark

We can support your school on its Artsmark journey with our programme of work for young people and schools.

Synthesize Me!

A teachers technology guide – exploring technology for use in Learning Disabled music projects.

Resources for Filmmakers

Spotlight

Download our guide for learning disabled filmmakers offering advice on getting your films online and building an audience. Funded by Creative Skillset.

International Disability Film Festival List

We’ve compiled a handy list of disability specific national and international film festivals for you to submit your films to.

Into Film Guide

A guide young people aged 14 to 19 who are just starting out with filmmaking and need a simple, easy to understand guide to making a film.

Disabling the Screen

Working with Beacon Films and 104 Films, and supported by the BFI’s Diversity Fund, we started a steering group – which includes disabled people working in the industry today – to try and address the lack of representation of disabled people in the screen industry.

This led to the launch of “Disabling the Screen” in October 2017 at the BFI London Film Festival and the first meeting of the Action Group, hosted by Sky TV in London in 2018.

Training for Venues

The Creative Case for Diversity is a way of exploring how organisations and artists can enrich the work they do by embracing a wide range of influences and practices. We can work with you to support the creative case through reaching learning disabled audiences and programming learning disability work.

Customer Service Training

We’ll help you to feel confident about welcoming learning disabled audience members into your venue. We will provide practical advice on simple adaptations and customer service tips which will help learning disabled audience members feel at ease and supported in your venue. We can help you to research, reach and retain a local learning disabled audience.

Venue Walk-through Video

We will help people with learning disabilities, autism and additional needs to feel more confident to come to your venue by producing a high quality venue walk-through video [see example].

The video will highlight the supportive, welcoming environment at your venue and give audiences and insight into what to expect when they arrive.

Secret Shopper Venue Audit

We’ll help you to understand the needs and issues of learning disabled audiences coming to your venue.

We will support a learning disabled artist to choose from your programme and undertake and full ticket to seat experience.

You will receive a written report as feedback.

Reviewing

Deepen your connection with a local learning disabled audience by inviting them to experience your programme, review the things they have seen and talk about their experiences. We’ll help with connecting you to local learning disability groups and support them to take part in this initiative. Reviews are published on the Carousel website and on Disability Arts Online.

Other Resources

Creative Minds

A learning disability led national discussion about quality, leadership, inclusion and collaboration in the Arts, encouraging debate.

Artist / Producer Training

We offer a structured course to give you the best training to support people with learning disabilities to develop creatively.

The Waiting Room

An animated film with accompanying online workbook and guidance pack looking at how accessible local health services are.

Guiding Lights: Access and Inclusion Guide

This guide is for anybody interested in doing the groundwork to make their creative programmes, training and workshops more accessible and inclusive for learning disabled people.