The British Council and Sasol’s Definitely Able conference and ILHAM art exhibition took place at the Museum of Islamic Art on March 17 2015 under the patronage of Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums.
The conference and exhibition brought talented professionals, ministers and policymakers, some disabled and some not, together from across the fields of accessible design, arts, education, media, technology and engineering to discuss future directions for accessibility and inclusion in Qatar and the world.
The ILHAM art exhibition gave artists the platform to travel to and work in Qatar during a residency at the Museum of Islamic Art, where they drew inspiration from the objects in the collection and created high quality original artworks.
The conference addressed eight key areas:
- Disability legislation
- Building Accessible Digital Platforms in Qatar
- Attitudes and Disability terminology
- Education: ensuring access and engagement for all
- Art – a vehicle to change perceptions
- Accessible Museums and galleries
- Finding accessible Doha.
Our work in disability and inclusion will continue over the next few years in Qatar and the Gulf. If you would like to join the Definitely Able initiative please get in touch.