Task force in United Kingdom to work on making music concerts accessible to disabled audiences
A new music task force has been launched in the United Kingdom to make it easier for deaf and disabled people to book tickets to live music concerts.
The task force is called Ticketing Without Barriers. The initiative is being supported by some of the United Kingdom's leading ticketing agencies, promoters, venues, and trade bodies.
The initiative will be supervised by the British music charity, Attitude is Everything. The aim is to make every large-scale music event inclusive for everyone.
This means that disabled customers will be able to buy a ticket online, and attend shows with their friends, without difficulty.
This comes after a survey among 350 disabled people in the UK found that over 80% complained of facing problems when booking tickets to shows.
Many faced problems booking the necessary access requirements. Over 70% said that they had felt discriminated against. One in 10 people had considered legal action.
Common requirements for deaf and disabled concert-goers are booking a ticket for a personal assistant, a wheelchair accessible space, step-free seat, accessible toilets, and sign language interpretation.