Accessibility

Apropa Cultura, committed to accessibility 

We are aware that there are still barriers, both visible and invisible, to access culture. At Apropa Cultura we all want culture to be accessible to everybody in various ways: 

  • Reducing the economic barrier: At Apropa Cultura we offer a wide range of shows and cultural activities at accessible prices for entities that work with people at risk of social exclusion or with disability.
  • In a normal way, inclusively: we open the doors of theatres, museums, concert halls and festivals around Catalonia to give access to their regular programme. 
  • Comfortably: We offer a website where the cultural promoters’ full programmes are centralized and can be consulted with the guidance and support of our team and the Apropa Cultura coordinators in the different cultural programmers centres?. 
  • Informing about the conditions of accessibility: all the programmers work towards reducing the barriers to accessibility in the cultural centres and at the shows according to the different needs. The commitment of the Apropa Cultura website is to inform about the conditions of accessibility to the different places and shows in the programme, so that the social entities or services can make a good choice.  
  • As a right: Apropa Cultura is bringing the right of access to the fore. Accessible culture is not charity. It is dignity. It is the ability to make a cultural choice, and make it in advance. 

Access to the cultural programme is emotion, creativity and health. It is transforming, and represents the beginning of future inclusive culture projects. Culture must be an everyday event for everyone. This is why we exist, and why we have created this website. 

Apropa Cultura is committed to accessibility at all levels:

  • The accessibility of the website 
  • The accessibility of the cultural centres
  • The accessibility of the shows and activities

Apropa Cultura website accessibility

In compliance with the principles of accessibility and universal design established by the Royal Decree 1494/2007, of 12th November, which approves the regulation on basic conditions for the access of personas with disabilities to the technologies, products and services related to the information society and social media, Apropa Cultura works to guarantee that all people, particularly those people with some kind of disability, can access the information under equal conditions, irrespective of their own personal circumstances, means or knowledge.

This website has been developed following the UNE 139803: 2012 Standard and is in accordance with the guidelines defined by the W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) working group for its Double-A level. At present, the great majority of pages reach this Double-A level. 

What help have we made available to you to ensure that the website is accessible? 

How to increase the font size

If you need to increase the font size, you can use the tools of the navigator and zoom in or zoom out as needed through the following key combination. If you press the Ctrl key and the + key on the numeric keypad, the content you see on the screen will get larger. You can do this as many times as you need. If you press the Ctrl key and the - key on the numeric keypad, the content you see on the screen will get smaller. To return to the original version, press the Ctrl key and number 0 of the numeric keypad. To sum up:

  • Ctrl + +: zoom in
  • Ctrl + -: zoom out
  • Ctrl + 0: restores the size to the original version

Specific typography for people with dyslexia

To make reading easier for people with dyslexia, the Apropa Cultura website offers you a link that will allow you to see the web with a typography specially designed for people with dyslexia.

Versions with high contrast 

The Apropa Cultura website has been designed taking into account recommendations for accessibility regarding colour contrast and AA accessibility guidelines regarding colour. If you have vision difficulties, the Apropa Cultura website offers you high-contrast versions of the web, with the following combinations:

  • Black text on white background
  • White text on blue background
  • White text on black background

Keyboard shortcuts

The Apropa Cultura website offers keyboard shortcuts to facilitate access to certain contents for those people who use the keyboard to browse. To access these shortcuts, the combination of keys will depend on the browser you are using.

  • Chrome in Windows: Alt
  • Chrome in Mac: Ctrl+⌥ Opt
  • Firefox: Alt + ⇧ Shift
  • Internet Explorer / Edge: Alt

In addition to the key corresponding to your browser and operating System, you must use the following keys to access the different navigation tools and main sections:

  • S – Direct access to content
  • 0 – Page about accessibility
  • 1 – Home page
  • 2 – Direct access to the main menu
  • 3 – Web map
  • 4 – Programming
  • 5 – Programme conditions
  • 6 – Log in / sign out
  • 7 – Access to the control panel
  • 8 – Register as a social centre
  • 9 – Contact form

Information about accessibility in the main sections of the Apropa Cultura website

The Apropa Cultura website has a public area and a restricted access area that serves as a meeting point between social centres and programmers of cultural offers.  

In the public area you will find the following sections:
 

  • Apropa Cultura: Here you will find information about the project, and the network of cultural promoters, programmers, cultural centres and social centres that participate in the project. You will also find the conditions for participating in the programme, testimonials and press material.
  • Programmes: In this section you will find the full cultural offer, organized by artistic discipline (music, theatre, dance, circus, cinema, museums and exhibitions, and historical places and buildings). You have at your disposal a search engine with a powerful filtering tool that will allow you to search by location, cultural centre, genre, as well as accessibility features that are available in each show or activity. Keep in mind that, several times a year, we open booking periods so that social centres can plan cultural trips with their users. In addition, we also offer a specific advice service for the social centres in the Apropa network.
  • Training: Here you will find both the offer of courses organized by Apropa Cultura and the training resources open to everyone. These courses and resources deal with two main topics: educating through art and accessibility.
    • The course “Educa amb l’Art” (Educate with the Arts) is specially designed for workers in social centres who seek to use the arts as a tool in their social and educational work.
    • Accessibility training is aimed at professionals in cultural centres, so that they learn about the new tools and methodologies related to accessibility and are ready to accommodate groups with specific needs.
  • In the section Come and see us you can learn about the different ways to participate or collaborate with the Apropa Cultura project, whether you are social centres, programmers or cultural centres, or whether you are people or companies that want to spread the programme or help us to make it grow.
  • Contact: If you have any doubts, suggestions or would like to be part of the Apropa Cultura network, please contact us by using the form.

Accessibility for the cultural centres and shows 

Accessibility for the cultural centres

In the information box of each cultural centre you will find the main access features offered by each centre. You can find out if the centre in which the activity is happening has:

  • Adapted public transport nearby 
  • Adapted parking spaces
  • Places available for wheelchairs
  • Adapted lifts and elevators
  • Accessible toilets 
  • Magnetic loops 
  • Information in easy reading version
  • Information in Braille

Most of the cultural centres have a page about accessibility where you can find more information about the centre’s access facilities.

Accessibility for shows and activities

The shows and activities offered through Apropa Culture have specific information about accessibility, so that you can choose what is most appropriate for you. The following details are shown for each session:

  • The number of places available for wheel chairs. 
  • If the show or activity has an audio-description. 
  • If the show has subtitles 
  • If the show or guided visit is accompanied by sign language 
  • If there are touchable materials available for people with limited vision.
  • If the hall has magnetic loops or induction loops. (This is a sound system that transforms the audio signal to a magnetic field that is captured by the audiphones, which transform the magnetic field into sound within the user’s ear. This way the sound is isolated from echoes and ambient noise so that the user receives a clean, clear and intelligible sound at a volume that is appropriate for each individual.) 
  • If the activities or shows are put on as ‘relaxed performances’, appropriate, for example, for people with autism.
  • If the activity has information available in Braille. 
  • If the activity or show has materials in easy reader versions.  

In addition, during the booking process, the social centre specifies the characteristics of the group that will attend the activity or show, so that the cultural programmer can accommodate the participants in the best possible manner, taking into account their specific needs. The social educator can even ask to visit the cultural centre in advance or, if it is possible, request a pause during the activity if the characteristics of the group require it.

Help us improve accessibility

Accessibility is a process of constant improvement. We are aware that we still have a long way to go in terms of accessibility. For this reason, we encourage you to send us any suggestion for improvement through our contact form, to help improve both the accessibility of our website and the information about accessibility that we provide for those who come to see Apropa Cultura shows.

In addition, for the social centres, once you have attended an activity or show, we will send you a short questionnaire, with which you can send us your comments about the accessibility of the cultural centre or the show or activity, as well as how suitable the show was for your users.