Wyoming Arts Council

ADA Compliance

Arts Accessibility

In a commitment to make arts programming accessible for people with disabilities, older adults, veterans, and people living in institutions, all WAC grantees must have a have a current Institution Accessibility Plan or complete a Section 504 Self-Evaluation and keep it on file for three years.  The Self-Evaluation is a tool to assess ADA and 504 compliance and to make arts access an integral part of planning.

Complying with Section 504 and ADA regulations is not difficult. It  includes providing appropriate and reasonable accommodations upon request. Organizations should consider the following: Expand

  • Clear entry signage
  • Exhibits (label height, approaching distance, floor space)
  • Impaired Hearing (captioning, assistive listening devices, sign language interpreter, etc.)
  • Impaired Vision (large print, audio/video description, Braille, touch tours)
  • Parking
  • Policy on accessibility and plan for improvement (written)
  • Seating (oversized, companion seating, integrated, dispersed)
  • Staff/Volunteer training on Accessibility
  • Telephone Access (TDD, TTY, Amplifier, other)
  • Use of Accessibility symbols on signage, promotional/informational materials
  • Venue (doors, elevator/lift, handrails, indoor/outdoor ramps, restrooms, lighting)
  • Website (tagging, text only option)

INCLUSION

Being accessible also includes creating programs for people with limited opportunities to participate in the arts. Following is a partial list of options to make arts programs inclusive: Expand

  • Discounted or Free Tickets or a Sliding Scale Fee (economically disadvantaged)
  • Impaired learning accommodations (incl. for the developmentally disabled)
  • Direct Outreach to Ethnic or Cultural Groups (Hispanic, Native Americans, Basque, Korean)
  • Direct Outreach to institutionalized people
  • Direct Outreach to low-income populations
  • Direct Outreach to Older Adults (seniors)
  • Direct Outreach to other special populations (migrants, energy workers, etc)
  • Direct Outreach to people with disabilities
  • Direct Outreach to youth at risk  and partnerships with service organizations (Boys & Girls Club, Senior Center)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrator’s Handbook provides information on making access an integral part of cultural programing. The publication is available from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For information contact WAC’s ADA/504 Coordinator

Hatch, Anne – Folklorist / Health & Wellness through the Arts Specialist / ADA Coordinator

Phone: 307-777-7721
Email: anne.hatch@wyo.gov

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