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Making the Arts Accessible to All

Recipients of public funding are required to make reasonable efforts for projects, programs, and events to be accessible to the public. Applicants should consider physical and programmatic accessibility as an integral part of the planning and budgeting processes. Accessibility involves both the location (the facility) and the content (the activity or product). Thinking about accessibility issues in the early design and planning stages of a project (e.g., accessible websites, sign language interpreters, recordings of printed materials, audio descriptions describers, or large-print labeling) is key to ensuring that persons with disabilities will be a ble to participate.

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For Indiana’s 100,000 Hoosiers with an intellectual or developmental disability, the arts provide a unique opportunity for self-expression and socialization. One of the best places to see this in action is at the annual Hoosier Women Artists celebration.

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Karin blogs about her travels on her website "Free Wheel in Travel", and she works as the Disability Editor at The Mighty, a popular website where people share their personal experiences with disability, disease, and mental illness.

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For 46 years Audiences Unlimited, Inc. (AUI), has brought professional musicians into long-term health care facilities across five Northeast Indiana counties. Learn how they expanded their services a few years back.

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The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on July 26, 1990. While organizations like ArtMix existed before this date, they were drastically ahead of their time.

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The arts give those who struggle with conventional communication a way to overcome physical limitations and achieve expression and connection. Click to read about a South Bend program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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When Laura Alvarado, executive director for the Indiana Blind Children’s Foundation, reached out to the Eiteljorg a couple years ago with an idea to improve accessibility at Indianapolis arts organizations, the museum jumped at the opportunity to become a partner.

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What should you know before scheduling an American Sign Language interpreter? In this video, Indiana Arts Commission Arts Education and Accessibility Manager Stephanie Haines chats with Luna Language Services' Director of ASL Services and Education Rebecca Buchan to answer some frequently asked questions.

What kinds of accommodations can you make for the arts to be more accessible to people with disabilities? This short video shares some ideas from Easterseal Crossroads' Brian Norton.

Helpful Resources

Organizations Ready to Help

Guides for Planning

Looking for a list of ASL interpreters? Click here.

Research

IAC strives to be accessible to all and serve as a model to the state. We also strive to move our field forward in this work through programs, policies, capacity building, and technical assistance. To help us in this work, we developed the Accessibility in the Arts Advisory Committee (AAAC). Click here to meet the committee.

Need to talk to someone about accessibility? Contact IAC Accessibility Manager, Stephanie Haines at shaines@iac.in.gov.