- We already have a ramp on our building. We’re all good, right?
Accessibility is much more than just a ramp. There are many ways a person may interact with your facility, programs, or events that can require accommodations. A great place to start is the self-assessment checklist. This checklist serves to help you consider all the ways you might make accommodations for people with disabilities. We also recommend taking time to work with people with disabilities in your community to learn more about all the ways you can provide access and accommodations.
- We work/do our event in a historic home, and we can’t change anything, (i.e. Can’t add an elevator or chair lift). How can we be accessible?
Almost every space - even historic ones - can become accessible through temporary changes that don’t change the building permanently. Adding temporary ramps, relocating events, and providing programmatic access are all ways to improve accessibility without permanent structure changes.
- Our event is outdoors and not accessible. What can we do?
Outdoor spaces also need to be accessible, and there are many resources to help with that. Click here to check out a helpful resource from the Great Plains ADA Center.
- We’re renting the space. Are we still required to do anything?
Yes, even when renting a space you must ensure accessibility for all programming/events funded through IAC funds. This includes both programmatic accessibility (can someone experience the event without barriers) and physical accessibility (can someone enter and move around the space physically).
- Most of the space is accessible, but the one part is on the second floor without access. Is that okay?
Accessibility is important all the time. If a person with a disability requests to join your event and the event/program is on an inaccessible floor, you will need to have an alternate space ready to host your event and change the location. So we think the best course of action is to plan ahead and always host in an accessible location from the start.
- We don’t have a budget for braille and ASL and all the things listed on your self-checklist, how can we do what is required?
We recommend putting a small line-item in your budget every year for ‘accessibility.’ You won’t know what kind of accommodations might be requested for your programming/events, so it’s impossible to know exactly what the budget should be, but you should know the approximate costs of possible accommodations so you can plan ahead. Many accommodations are free or inexpensive. By planning ahead for some likely costs, you may be able find a sponsor specifically for accommodation expenses. We also recommend reaching out to disability advocacy groups in your area who may have information on programs that help subsidize costs.
- What are some average prices of common accomodations?
The pricing below is accurate as of August 2021:
(none of these prices are guaranteed, and are only provided as an approximate guide)
- ASL interpreters - $55/hr - $100/hr Usually with a minimum of 2 hours. (FSSA directory) (Easterseals) (Luna 360)
- Braille transcription - $1 per print page
- Temporary ramp - $1,000 - $3,000 (Pathfinder) (Easterseals Equipment Loans)
Other resources you may find helpful:
- What are key words related to accessibility that I should know?
Readily achievable barrier removal: "Readily achievable" means easily accomplishable and able to be carried out without much difficulty or expense. This is considered in context of your organization size and capabilities. This is a different bar for every organization.
Reasonable accommodations: a modification or adjustment to programming, the physical environment, or the way things usually are done that enables a person with a disability to participate equally.
Equal opportunity to benefit: Simply put, any person of any ability level should be able to approach and use anything in your space AND any person of any ability level should be able to participate in any activities and events at your space (this even includes spaces you don't own, but are renting or using for a public activity).
- Where do I upload our self-assessment for our grant application? The self-assessment is for you to keep in your records and to develop your approach to accessibility at your event/venue. You do not need to upload the self-assessment in to your grant application.
- What's the difference between programmatic accessibility and physical accessibility?
Many people’s first thought when they hear the word ‘accessibility’ is a ramp, or a larger bathroom stall. However, those are small pieces of a much larger environment that is inclusive and welcoming to the diverse disability community.
Programmatic accessibility is the way in which we create program experiences that include people of all abilities. It can be as simple as dimming or brightening the lighting of a classroom, creating large-print documents, or providing details on sounds and lighting before a performance. They don’t have to be huge and expensive to be helpful.
Physical accessibility is the way our physical space meets the needs of everyone in our community. This could include ramps and bathroom stalls, but it can also include rearranging tables and chairs, lowering labels and signs, and making sure the front desk is at a comfortable height for wheelchair users to approach.
Both of these types of accessibility are important to being inclusive of the disability community.
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