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The following text explains the KuDiBa project in difficult language.

New technologies and digitization have already made access to cultural events much easier for a large part of the population. Nevertheless, people with disabilities of all ages and social classes who would like to attend art and cultural events are often excluded or, if at all, almost always dependent on the help of others.

Information about upcoming events is almost never presented in easy language.

People with a visual impairment find it difficult to book tickets for events on their own.

A walking disability prevents many from attending concerts and theater performances because they cannot find local accompaniment.

Most of the events still do not offer solutions for hearing-impaired people to participate.

As a result, those people, which represent a big part of our society, can often not freely and independently decide when and where they want to take part in cultural life.

This situation is not only unacceptable from a purely humanistic point of view. For the cultural industry, this also means that a not inconsiderably large target group is neglected in the design of cultural entertainment. It also means that potential income that could be generated with this audience is not used.

In Berlin alone, there are 349,437 people with an officially confirmed severe disability. In Germany, there are 7.9 million people and in the European Union, a total of around 80 million people have special needs. This means that 10% of society is often excluded from participating in many cultural happenings. Seniors not included. In addition, there are their relatives and friends, employees of the social economy, as well as a large number of non-profit organizations that focus on working for people with disabilities and thus could not only contribute to more variety and diversity but also to more income in the cultural sector.

Logo KuDiBa in schwarz-weiß. Links ist eine Bildmarke in Form eines Vierecks. Darauf ist links unten eine nach rechts halb geöffnete Tür zu sehen. Links oben sind die Buchstaben Ku, rechts oben die Buchstaben Di und rechts unten die Buchstaben Ba zu sehen. Alle Buchstaben sind mit einem schwarzen Balken verbunden. Rechts neben der Bildmarke steht

“KuDiBa – Kultur Digital Barrierefrei” is a joint initiative of Handiclapped-Kultur Barrierefrei e.V. and MusicTech Germany e.V. with which we want to eliminate current barriers that hinder people with special needs from participating in cultural events as much as possible and improve the overall infrastructure of accessibility. The digital transformation offers numerous opportunities to make cultural entertainment, such as concerts, theater plays, or dance performances, both online and offline, more inclusive.

With KuDiBa we aim to make existing challenges and problems for people with special needs to access digital and non-digital cultural events visible and we want to foster the digital competence of those working in the arts and culture ecosystem. The KuDiBa’s goal is to become a central hub for information on existing resources and to develop new digital tools that make it easier for cultural institutions, artists, and event organizers to independently make their program more accessible to a wider audience.

On the basis of the results of a survey that we carried out with various cooperation partners who work on inclusion and with people with special needs, we are organizing a hackathon on November 27th with the aim of developing prototypes for digital tools on an open-source basis within 48 hours with which the barriers of participation in cultural events can be further reduced. Programmers, designers, and other interested parties, with and without disabilities, are invited to get involved and take part. Registrations are open from today until November 24th. Please use this form to join us.

In addition to making a sustainable contribution to the future diversity of the cultural landscape, the winning teams of the hackathon also receive cash and other cool prizes for successful prototype development.

In order to achieve the best possible result and to develop really useful applications that meet the requirements of those affected and those involved in the cultural sector alike, we have put together a team of mentors who will be available as contact persons for the participants before, during and after the hackathon

Afterward, we will publish a guide on the KuDiBa website free of charge with all the resources and digital tools available that we have gathered. We hope that this will help to break down as many barriers as possible for the planning and organization of cultural events and to ensure that cultural events can be visited with as few obstacles as possible by people with special needs.

The project is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe as part of the funding program “Digital Development in the cultural sector”.

We cordially invite you to be part of KuDiBa.

Creators and organizers (especially those who use digital tools to reach a wider audience for face-to-face events or who want to offer digital events)

Developers & designers (you are more than welcome to participate in the hackathon on November 27th)

Social institutions (especially those that offer forms of housing for people with special needs)

Do you want to support us? Please write us.
We are happy to hear from you.
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