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 photographers. 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.

Building blocks

Material for the exhibition

Link to access the high-resolution photographs for print.
Photo captions in English for translation.
Intro text in English for translation.
Colophon and production details.
Photography chronology. The photos in the exhibition must be hung in the following order to correspond with the
sound files in the audio guide.

Audio guide

Audio guide signs for print. To be printed on a 30,5 cm x 45,7 cm Forex plate.
Visual description of photographs (for audioguide).

Promotion material

Presentation – an introduction to AccessAbility.
Postcards. Print locally.
Access Ability exhibition booklet.
Press images

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.

Inspirational stories

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


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.

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

Financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support when producing the exhibition.

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 and remuneration for Swedish guest speakers

How to apply

Kindly note that after 1 January 2019 it will no longer be possible to apply for this toolkit. Granted projects can use the material until 31 December 2019.

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

How to report

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

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, contact Sylvia Augustinsson.