Malakoff Humanis is a major player in social protection. For several years now, it has been committed to supporting people with disabilities. Its ambition is cover the essential aspects of a life that is fully integrated into civil society; a life where access to basic rights (employment, health, citizenship, culture) is a reality for all.
As part of its commitment to a culture open to people with disabilities, Malakoff Humanis supported Accessibility Week in 2016 and 2018 at the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac. This patronage is a continuation of the cultural events sponsored by Malakoff Humanis with the aim of promoting culture that is accessible to all.
By supporting these cultural events, as vectors for improving integration, Malakoff Humanis combines its expertise with that of the organisers to overcome the obstacles linked to disability, to break down walls and to restore social interaction.
In 2020-2021, Malakoff Humanis renewed its commitment alongside the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac by supporting the introduction of a new tactile path in the reception hall.
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Interview with Pascal Andrieux, Director of Social and Societal Commitments at Malakoff HUMANIS
Tell us about your commitment on behalf of people with disabilities.
Disability is at the heart of the social and societal commitments of Malakoff Humanis. Our aim is to help disabled people and their families to live as normally as possible, whether in terms of access to jobs, health, sport or culture. We are convinced that culture is a powerful vector of social interaction and a key element in the inclusion of people with disabilities in society.
Which needs have been identified regarding access to culture?
The study we carried out last year on the subject* illustrated the expectations of people with disabilities: 67% would like to go out more often, but 61% see cultural activities as difficult to access.
To meet these expectations, we have focused our patronage work on committed cultural players who want to enrich or publicise their accessibility facilities. Our support can be financial, to buy equipment adapted to disabilities (magnetic loops for the hearing impaired, information equipment for the visually impaired, etc.) or take the form of human resources, with the deployment of accessibility volunteers to welcome visitors and help people with disabilities.
But there is also a real issue when it comes to informing the public concerned and their families to convince them that there are now many places and events that are accessible to all. So at Malakoff Humanis, we are mobilising our expertise and knowledge of the disability sector to speed up processes and break down walls. We have been doing so for several years now with music festivals, but also in a very practical way with the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
Why are you renewing your partnership with the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac?
Malakoff Humanis' support for the musée du quai branly is a continuation of the cultural events we have been associated with for over two years now in order to promote culture accessible to all.
We have the same goal as the museum: to promote accessibility, to share best practices more widely and to break down walls between able-bodied and disabled people thanks to a programme that is incredibly rich in activities and open to all: adapted visits, practical artistic workshops, sensory equipment, artistic performances, storytelling, etc.
*"Disability & Culture" study 2017 – Malakoff Humanis