Recipients of Arts Council funds must comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Grantees must have a current Organization Accessibility Checklist, a Self-Evaluation or a Plan on file or completed during the grant period. The organization must review and update the Checklist, Self-Evaluation or Plan every three years to be current.
An accessibility Checklist is a quick review of your organization, facility and programs.
Download and complete if you do not already have a Self-Evaluation or PlanExpand
Accessibility terminology used in the checklist
Accessibility Coordinator – A designated staff/board member/volunteer to oversee accessibility and Section 504/ADA compliance
Accessibility Policy/Statement – An organization’s accessibility policy should state a commitment and approach to making all services, information, and programs accessible to individuals with disabilities and others lacking access to the arts
Access Committee – A group to advise on access issues and that includes members with various disabilities
Accessibility Symbols – Used to promote accessibility services
Targeted programs that provide creative activities or participation – Programs and services specifically designed for constituents that lack access to the arts
Inclusive programs that provide creative activities or participation – Programs and services designed to include constituents that lack access to the arts alongside the organization’s target audience
Outreach to bring arts to these constituents – A dedicated effort to deliver existing programs and services to constituents that lack access to the arts
Outreach to bring these constituents to programs – A dedicated effort to help constituents come to or attend existing programs and services
A publicized process to request accommodations – Information on how to request accommodations to fully participate in or benefit from the programs and services. Often includes contact information (email or phone) and a deadline (two weeks prior to the activity) to make the request.
A Self-Evaluation is a more extensive review of your organization, facility and programs. A Plan takes the form of a document that guides board, staff and volunteers in their commitment to comply with the ADA/504 law and to make the arts accessible to all. Grantee organizations may already have one both in place.