The New England Conservatorium (NECOM) is a member of the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums that is supported by the Department of Education (DOE) under its Specialist Programs, Schools unit. The NECOM Campus is located in the heritage-listed CB Newling Building in Armidale, known as the Old Teachers College.

NECOM’s Music Therapy Program was established in 2011 and has developed rapidly to fulfil a growing demand and need in the community. This unique program has earned overwhelming respect and support from the community for its innovative and diverse programs including school-based programs such as Transition to School, Growing Through Song and Side by Side Choir which facilitate interaction between students with disability and their peers.

 

NECOM’s Accessibility Action Plan identifies 4 priority areas:

  1. Improve accessibility to all NECOM performances in a variety of venues, taking into account the physical limitations of some heritage venues or venues not under NECOM control.
  2. Training staff and review of procedures to ensure customers and clients with disability receive the same courtesy and attention, information and services as any other customers or clients.
  3. Ensuring people with disability are provided with information about NECOM’s accessible music programs without having to seek it out.
  4. Raising awareness of NECOM’s work with people with disability in the local community.

 

Actions

  1. Improve accessibility to all NECOM performances in a variety of venues, taking into account the physical limitations of some heritage venues or venues not under NECOM control.
Action Date
Provide clients and support workers with concert venue accessibility and

 

assistance available when promoting concerts.

Ongoing
Install larger lift Within 5 years

 

  1. Training staff and review of procedures to ensure customers and clients with disability receive the same courtesy and attention, information and services as any other customers or clients.
Action Date
New and existing NECOM office staff provided with formal briefing on AAP Ongoing
Review of all NECOM literature to ensure accessibility and appropriate use of disability specific language. By 30/06/2018
Staff to undertake training to ensure customers and clients with disability receive the same courtesy, attention, information and services as any other customers or clients. February, 2018

 

  1. Ensuring people with disability are provided with information about NECOM’s accessible music programs without having to seek it out.
Action Date
Provide discount for people with disability on tickets to NECOM concerts From February 2018
Provide information on accessibility options for concert venues on concert promotional material. From February 2018
Ensure website and online program information is accessible New website, from February 2018
Ensure that the information about programs and concerts and the above services reaches people with disability by disseminating information to relevant organisations From February 2018

 

  1. Raising awareness of NECOM’s work with people with disability in the local community.
Action Date
Programs for people with disability continue to be included and showcased in mainstream NECOM concerts eg. Choral concerts Ongoing from 2017
Seek out opportunities to increase local media coverage of NECOM’s programs for people with disability From February 2018
Apply for local and national awards which recognise NECOM’s programs for people with disability. From February 2018
Improve visibility of the NECOM Music Therapy program in the NECOM community by inclusion of publicity material in Newsletter, wall displays, website etc. From February 2018