Step 1: Know the Laws and How They Apply to Your Organization, Patrons and Audiences with Disabilities.
2. Equal opportunity (and the provision of any reasonable modifications, auxiliary aids or services)
3. Basic standard of architectural access
4. Equal access to employment, program, activities, goods and services.
Access efforts should not simply respond to legal requirements, but celebrate the positive benefits of full access to cultural activities, and the opportunity to serve and educate all segments of the public.
Step 2: Provide Individuals with Equal Employment Opportunities
Accessible employment policies must be extended to the wide variety of employees involved in your cultural organization. 这包括员工, 董事会成员, 咨询顾问, 专家, 顾问, teachers/instructors and artists. Cultural organizations have a unique opportunity to provide leadership in non-discriminatory employment. When we recruit and involve people who have disabilities and older individuals, we are not only creating more inclusive communities, but heightening awareness among staff and constituents.
Step 3: Designate an Accessibility Coordinator for Your Organization
Each organization should appoint a staff member to serve as its Accessibility Coordinator. The AC should help lead the organization in its efforts to comply with the ADA. Under the Arts Endowment’s 504 Regulations it is required that “a responsible official be designated to coordinate the recipient’s efforts in connection with Section 504”.
Step 4: Create an Access Advisory Committee
An Access Advisory Committee can be an effective method to develop ongoing technical assistance for your organization.
Step 5: Adopt a Policy and Establish a Grievance Procedure about Your Organization’s Commitment to Accessibility
Experience has shown that when access to services, 项目, activities and employment are given a high priority, it is reflected in an organization’s mission statement, policies and 的指导方针.
Step 6: Evaluate Your Organization’s Accessibility: The Arts and Humanities Accessibility Checklist
A key administrative requirement of Section 504 and ADA regulations are for state agencies and cultural organizations that receive federal funds to conduct a self evaluation to identify barriers to accessibility. It is intended to serve as an education tool to identify barriers and create solutions. Click here for Checklist.
Step 7: Develop an Access Plan
Compliance with the Section 504 and the stipulations of the ADA should already have been accomplished (ADA effective 1/26/92). Remove barriers to existing facilities and assure that all new construction, renovation and alternations meet or exceed standards. Explain the methods that will be used to make access improvements.
Step 8: Train Your Staff, Board, Panelist, Grantees and Constituents
Educated staff and 董事会成员 heighten awareness, promotes integration of access issues into all aspects of the organization, and helps provide the support needed to move forward on access 计划.
Step 9: Enforce 504/ADA Compliance within Your Organization
Cultural organization should provide leadership by setting a good example that is evidenced in their policies, 的指导方针, 计划, 预算, 市场营销, 会议, 会议, 面板, community outreach and through inclusion of people who are disabled or older as staff, 董事会, 专家s and 顾问.
Step 10: Promote and Market Your Accessibility
For patrons and visitors with disabilities the option to participate in a cultural event should be based on choice and not limited by lack of access. Evaluate your 市场营销 plan to see that it promotes your accessibility.