The Swedish Arts Council has been given a general responsibility for development in relation to enabling people with disabilities to take equal part in cultural activities, and equal access to arts and culture. Their work in this area is based on the UN Convention on Human Rights for Persons with Disabilities, which has been signed by Sweden. The Arts Council informs, advises, and provides support in matters concerning accessibility in arts and culture, including annual formal consultations with national disability organizations, and responding to referrals concerning the development of disability policy in Sweden and the EU. Most public grants to arts and culture include minimum requirements for accessibility. This includes e.g. all funding within the Culture Cooperation Model (see chapters 1.2.3 and 1.2.6). General legislation makes similar requirements on the activities of government agencies, regions, and municipalities. No thorough statistical overviews exist concerning the success of these efforts.
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