Deaf and disability arts practices in Canada – Canada Council


Deaf and disability arts practices in Canada

The Research, Measurement and Data Analytics Section of the Canada Council for the Arts engaged the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and a research team to carry out a study on Deaf and disability arts practices in Canada.


The results of the study derive from the researchers’ review of pertinent literature and interviews with artists and cultural workers. Their report offers a broad picture of Deaf artists and artists with disabilities in Canada, their artistic practices and latest innovations, and related findings concerning accessibility, equity, self-determination, and support.

Based on the experiences and viewpoints of the artists and cultural workers consulted, the report offers best practices to the arts sector grouped according to five major hurdles: funding; accessibility; cultural representation; communications; and equity, diversity and inclusion in cultural, artistic and media milieus.