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Accessibility of the Arts

This printable checklist addresses making the arts more accessible for people with disabilities.

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Posted by: nfranke on Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 6:33 p.m.

Good checklist to make sure that the main and most used components at the least are accessible.

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Posted by: guard on Tue Nov 10, 2015 at 2:26 p.m.

This resource is a really great checklist to help ensure all people can enjoy a visit to the theater or other art venue. It includes topics on no only structure like ramps, but audio captioning or other forms to ensure any and all abilities can enjoy their experience.

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It took me several years of struggling with the heavy door to my building, sometimes having to wait until a person stronger came along, to realize that the door was an accessibility problem, not only for me, but for others as well. And I did not notice, until one of my students pointed it out, that the lack of signs that could be read from a distance at my university forced people with mobility impairments to expend a lot of energy unnecessarily, searching for rooms and offices. Although I have encountered this difficulty myself on days when walking was exhausting to me, I interpreted it, automatically, as a problem arising from my illness (as I did with the door), rather than as a problem arising from the built environment having been created for too narrow a range of people and situations.

Susan Wendell, author of
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability