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Esther Fox introduces Accentuate and Our View / 30 September 2010

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Accentuate poster by Caroline Cardus

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Accentuate is the 2012 Legacy Programme for the South East. Accentuate consists of 15 ambitious projects which represent the arts, film, tourism, business, sport and heritage. All 15 projects aim to promote the talent of deaf and disabled people in whatever area they work in. Accentuate also provides a variety of opportunities for disabled people to take part and to lead.

The inspiration for Accentuate is the Paralympic Movement. This started at Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire and this is the unique heritage for the South East. The home for Accentuate is Screen South, based at their offices in Folkestone.

The scale and ambition of Accentuate means it is necessary to work with a variety of partner organisations who are delivering the 15 projects. Some of these organisations are: Screen South, English Heritage, Museums, Libraries and Archives, Arts Council England South East, Tourism South East, Sport England,">Creative Junction, Buckinghamshire County Council and English Federation of Disability Sports.

Accentuate is funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity whose mission is to support a wide range of innovative cultural and sporting activities, which celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Legacy Tust aims to leave a lasting legacy in communities throughout the United Kingdom. The South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) has also invested significant financial support in Accentuate, as have the regional cultural agencies.

Accentuate believes disabled people must be at the heart of everything we do. Our View helps to ensures this happens. Our View is a diverse group of talented deaf and disabled people who act as an internal steering group as well as have direct relationships with the individual projects.

Our View members and some of the partners delivering the Accentuate projects will be contributing to these pages on DAO to keep you up to date with what’s happening with Accentuate over the coming months.


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