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The pandemic has left disabled people who work in the arts and culture sector in a “shockingly fragile” position, according to the campaign group behind a new survey.

The results of the survey, carried out by the UK Disability Arts Alliance, suggest there are significant threats to the continued participation of Deaf and disabled people in the arts and culture sector as a result of the fallout from the COVID-19 crisis.

The survey was commissioned to mark the first anniversary of the alliance’s #WeShallNotBeRemoved campaign, which has pushed for an inclusive recovery of the cultural sector, and to ensure that Deaf and disabled people do not face discrimination as the industry reopens.

The survey results suggest that the pandemic has delivered a “weighty” blow to disabled people in the arts sector, and left them in a “shockingly fragile environment”, said the alliance.

Three-fifths (59 per cent) of the more than 100 disabled creatives who took part said they were definitely or possibly worried that they [...]

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