Arts and culture are as essential to the life of people with disabilities as they are to everyone in society. Your organization strives to deliver a unique and enriching experience to all. But do you know what it takes to do that for your disabled patrons? It isn’t as easy as it seems, because disability can directly affect people’s experience of art and performance. If you want to have an impact on your whole audience, you must understand and accommodate the needs of people with disabilities.
DisabilitySavvy Consulting has special expertise in cultural arts programming for the disabled. I can help you reach this audience and stir their emotions and intellect. I can help you with:
- Effective communication, including accessible websites, signage, tour design, written programs and guides, and customer service including telephone.
- Physical access including entrances, path of travel, restrooms, gift shop, restaurants and cafes, special exhibits and performances.
- Ticketing, including buying accessible seating through ticket brokers, agents, websites and the box office.
- Accessible seating requirements as mandated by Title III of the ADA, including percentage and placement of accessible seating, and pricing policies.
- Alternative formats such as braille programs, assisted listening devices, audio description, sign language interpretation, CART, and captioning.
- Wheelchair and scooter rentals or loan.
- Electricity supply for medical devices.
- Safety issues such as notification of intense or frightening performance elements, and fire and evacuation considerations.
- Programs, tours and performances that accommodate people’s specific disabilities. Examples include simple language, touch tours, and tactile versions of visual exhibits.
- Exhibits, performances, and programming geared to disability interests, such as art by disabled artists, dance by disabled dancers, etc.
- Utilizing people with disabilities as experts and guides.
- Interaction of every day transit, food, money, work, and family issues facing people with disabilities with cultural arts programming.
Art can give people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in some of life’s most exciting and rewarding experiences. I have broad experience working with VSA Arts of Michigan, Matrix Theater, Inc., the Thursford Carousel Museum, the Detroit International Jazz Festival, and in organizing and presenting the Reel Life film festival on disability issues. I stand ready to help you thrill and educate this under-served population. Learn more – Contact DisabilitySavvy today, and in your note, describe your organization and the kinds of access issues you face, and how DisabilitySavvy might help!