DOORS WIDE OPEN! ACCESSIBILITY IN THE ARTS Print

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Making the arts accessible to Nevadans of all cultures and abilities, without prejudice to geographic or economic status, is a priority for the Nevada Arts Council (NAC). Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act states, in part, that “no otherwise qualified person with a disability... shall solely by reason of their disability be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

The NAC encourages its grantees and partners to view accessibility as both a philosophic commitment and a business practice. Methods to address diversity in your community include involving individuals from diverse populations and/or organizations in the planning, implementation, evaluation and follow-up of a program. By making Nevada’s arts and cultural programs, activities, information and facilities accessible and usable to all people, with and without disabilities, we open the door to a new and expanded audience of participants, patrons and advocates.

For information on requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or how to make your programs and facilities more accessible, download the Design for Accessibility Handbook along with an Arts Accessibility Checklist on the National Endowment for the Arts’ AccessAbility homepage. This website provides information and links to Leadership Initiatives in Arts and Aging, Arts in Healthcare, Arts in Corrections, Universal Design and Careers in the Arts. It also features award-winning accessibility programs implemented across the nation.

VSA of Nevada, NAC’s partner in accessibility education, provides arts programs for all Nevadans, including the 15 percent of Nevada’s population with some type of disability. If requested, VSA can provide a public accommodation for auxiliary aids and services when they are necessary to ensure effective communication with individuals with hearing, vision, or speech impairments.

The Nevada Arts Council (NAC) and VSA Nevada (VSAN) are dedicated to insuring that all Nevadans experience physical and programming access to arts and cultural activities.  The following principles are our guides:
  • Every person including children and adults with disabilities deserves access to high quality arts learning experiences.
  • All artists in schools and art educators should be prepared to include ALL students including students with disabilities in their instruction.
  • All children, youth, and adults with/without disabilities should have complete access to community cultural facilities and activities.
  • All individuals with/without disabilities who aspire to careers in the arts should have the opportunity to develop appropriate skills.


ACCESSibility Resources

  • What is a Disability?  The Americans with Disabilities Act provides comprehensive civil rights protections for "individuals with disabilities."
     
  • ACCESSibility Matters  Nevada Arts Council (NAC) is committed to comparable access to all programs and services to people with disabilities. This includes access to electronic information and services. All official NAC web sites must meet NAC's web accessibility standards. These standards are based on the web accessibility standards specified in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
     
  • Web ACCESSibillty Logos & Sample Text  As a service to our grantees the following logos and sample text are available for download (simply copy and paste) and use in print and web materials:
     
  • Ten Steps to Accessible Cultural Programs and Orgnaizations  Know the laws and how they apply to your organization, patrons and audiences with disabilities.
     
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)  The full text of the ADA statute is at this link, as well as links to ADA-related resources online.
     
  • Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrator's Handbook  Designed to help organizations not only comply with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, but to assist in making access an integral part of planning, mission, programs, outreach, meetings, budget and staffing.
     
  • National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) is the national information dissemination, technical assistance and referral center specializing in the field of arts and disability. The NADC is dedicated to promoting the full inclusion of children and adults with disabilities into the visual, performing, media, and literary arts communities.
     
  • National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) Office for AccessAbility is the advocacy-technical assistance arm of the Arts Endowment to make the arts accessible for people with disabilities, older adults, veterans, and people living in institutions.
     
  • The NEA's Office of AccessAbility has created a tip sheet outlining the revised 2010 regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
     
  • Nevada Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation  Follow this link to a list of certified sign language interpreters.
     
  • Relay Nevada is a service provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for persons with speech and hearing disabilities and can be accessed at 800.326.6888.
     
  • Smithsonian Guidelines for Accessible Exhibition provides a hands-on guide to designing exhibits with accessibility integrated, not as an afterthought. 
     

  • Resource for Access Information
    VSA Nevada  (VSAN) is the only statewide source of participatory art programs for the 11% of Nevada's population with some type of disability. 
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