Accessibility goes far beyond wheelchair ramps and health care. Ultimately, it is about democracy, human rights and attitudes. Everyone should be able to participate in society on equal terms. To live with dignity, regardless of disability, is a human right according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Swedish government’s present a new disability policy in May  2017 which calls for disability issues to permeate all community sectors and all planning at national, regional and local levels.

AccessAbility – beyond physical environments is a photo exhibition based on 14 individuals that were photographed and interviewed in Sweden during 2014. The exhibition show their experiences and perspectives on life with a disability in Sweden. The Swedish stories can be complemented by local experiences. The exhibition has been shown in countless places in 19 countries since November 2015. The local embassies have in collaboration with local disability organizations added local photos of people with disability by local professional photographer. Today we have a treasure with about 250 photos from all over the world. We are planning to show all the photos in a common exhibition.

Instructions and manuals

You can choose to set up your exhibition with Swedish portraits only or to also add local photos.


The exhibition can be borrowed from the Swedish Institute (SI), but there are a limited number of exhibitions to borrow. If you are interested in borrowing the exhibition, please initiate a dialogue with Sylvia AugustinssonDetailed instructions for hanging the exhibition borrowed from SI.

Alternatively, you can print the exhibition locally. Detailed instructions for printing and hanging the exhibition.

Both of the manuals above include instructions for curating local content if you wish to complement the Swedish portraits with your own curated selection of portraits from people in your country or region.

Audio Guide

An audio guide makes the exhibition available to visitors with sight and reading impairment. An audio guide system is included in the borrowed exhibition but have to be completed with readings in the local language. You can also buy the equipment if you produce the exhibition locally.

Audio guide instructions and list of audio guide and braille companies.

Building blocks AccessAbility

Material for the exhibition

Audio guide

Promotion material

Educational material for teachers

  • Educational material: exercises, instructions and guidelines. Two-part educational material for teachers. The first part is done during the exhibition tour, and the other is done separately, for example in a classroom.

Financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support when producing the exhibition by filling out the application form.

Maximum grants applicable:

  • SEK 10,000 for local production of the existing version of AccessAbility
  • SEK 20,000 for curating a local addition to AccessAbility
  • SEK 10,000 for producing an audioguide
  • SEK 10,000 for travel costs for Swedish guest speakers

The application must be sent in at least two months before the event. Resources are limited and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply.

After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

Individuals or organisations who would like to show the exhibit should contact the Swedish embassy or consulate in your area.

Inspirational stories

See the folders presenting local additions from Georgia, Lithuania, Turkey, Latvia, Nigeria, Russia and Brazil.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, contact Sylvia Augustinsson.