The project included two intertwined components: (1) research and (2) pilot testing. In the Italian legislation, accessibility requirements for live events and venues are only a few and mostly part of the specific legislation on health & safety for live events and venues. Moreover, as in other European countries, the Italian system distinguishes between regulated and unregulated professions. Regulated professions are professions one can access conditionally, that is upon the possession of specific qualifications (e.g. a degree in law, plus having successfully passed the bar exam). All the other professions fall within the "unregulated" category by default. Over the last years, Italian Regions have become to establish a Regional Registry of unregulated professions (a merge into a National Registry is currently under discussion). For each unregulated profession, the Registry details the skills card with competences and knowledge as well as the learning outcomes that a training course on the professional profile should guarantee. One of those profiles is the "Expert in health & safety of live events and venues". Given the difficulties in (a) modifying the national legislative corpus so as to include specific accessibility provisions for live events and venues, and (b) adding a brand new professional profile in the Regional Registry, the project devised a novel solution, which is more easily implementable. Instead of creating a new professional profile for accessibility experts of live event and venues, the project investigated the possibility to modify the current profile of the "Expert in health & safety of live events and venues" into the "Expert in accessibility, health & safety of live events and venues". (1) The research component investigated the theoretical underpinnings, the current normative status in Italy and other EU countries, market needs, and current training courses for similar professional profiles in EU countries. Then, the research focused on the design of a revised skills card of the original profile as well as the training curriculum. (2) The outcomes of the research were then tested. Pilot testing consisted in the implementation of a training course for the new professional profile "expert in accessibility, health & safety of live events and venues". The face-to-face course was attended by 18 students and lasted 600 hours. The training course integrated all the compulsory topics and learning outcomes related to health & safety for live events and venues with new topics and learning outcomes on accessibility of live events and venues, including: audiovisual translation, media accessibility, interlinguistic accessibility, accessible design, web accessibility, disability studies, design and management of accessible events, accessibility services. The project was funded by the Regione Puglia with financial resources from the European Social Fund, within the Internationalisation Axis. The project consortium included organisations from: the Regione Puglia territory, other Italian regions, and other EU countries.

Expert in Accessibility, Health and Safety of Live Events and Venues

Greco, Gian Maria;
2012

Abstract

The project included two intertwined components: (1) research and (2) pilot testing. In the Italian legislation, accessibility requirements for live events and venues are only a few and mostly part of the specific legislation on health & safety for live events and venues. Moreover, as in other European countries, the Italian system distinguishes between regulated and unregulated professions. Regulated professions are professions one can access conditionally, that is upon the possession of specific qualifications (e.g. a degree in law, plus having successfully passed the bar exam). All the other professions fall within the "unregulated" category by default. Over the last years, Italian Regions have become to establish a Regional Registry of unregulated professions (a merge into a National Registry is currently under discussion). For each unregulated profession, the Registry details the skills card with competences and knowledge as well as the learning outcomes that a training course on the professional profile should guarantee. One of those profiles is the "Expert in health & safety of live events and venues". Given the difficulties in (a) modifying the national legislative corpus so as to include specific accessibility provisions for live events and venues, and (b) adding a brand new professional profile in the Regional Registry, the project devised a novel solution, which is more easily implementable. Instead of creating a new professional profile for accessibility experts of live event and venues, the project investigated the possibility to modify the current profile of the "Expert in health & safety of live events and venues" into the "Expert in accessibility, health & safety of live events and venues". (1) The research component investigated the theoretical underpinnings, the current normative status in Italy and other EU countries, market needs, and current training courses for similar professional profiles in EU countries. Then, the research focused on the design of a revised skills card of the original profile as well as the training curriculum. (2) The outcomes of the research were then tested. Pilot testing consisted in the implementation of a training course for the new professional profile "expert in accessibility, health & safety of live events and venues". The face-to-face course was attended by 18 students and lasted 600 hours. The training course integrated all the compulsory topics and learning outcomes related to health & safety for live events and venues with new topics and learning outcomes on accessibility of live events and venues, including: audiovisual translation, media accessibility, interlinguistic accessibility, accessible design, web accessibility, disability studies, design and management of accessible events, accessibility services. The project was funded by the Regione Puglia with financial resources from the European Social Fund, within the Internationalisation Axis. The project consortium included organisations from: the Regione Puglia territory, other Italian regions, and other EU countries.
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