Accessibility Center

The following resources are intended to assist arts organizations in providing accessible services to Americans with disabilities.

Federal Accessibility Laws

State Accessibility Laws

Accessibility laws may vary by state. For more information about accessibility laws in each state, and provisions made by state arts agencies in our region, please contact your state arts agency accessibility coordinator directly.

Access Symbols

Disability Access Symbols The Graphic Artists Guild provides a free package of downloadable logos to use in publicizing your activities to people with disabilities. Their page also explains what the symbols stand for and when it is appropriate to use each one.

Handbooks, Checklists, and Plans

Use these tools to assess barriers, plan, and take specific steps to increase access for people with disabilities.

Organizations and Government Agencies Devoted to Accessibility Issues

  • Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTAC) – A network of regional centers funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, a division of the U.S. Department of Education, that provide information, materials, technical assistance, and training on the ADA.
  • Great Lakes ADA Center – Serving the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
  • Great Plains ADA Center – Serving the state of Iowa.
  • Rocky Mountain ADA Center – Serving the states of North Dakota and South Dakota.
  • Kennedy Center – Information on the LEAD (Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability) Conference.
  • National Arts and Disability Center – Featuring resources aimed at artists with disabilities, arts organizations, and arts administrators, a comprehensive site that includes extensive information on assistive devices, services and products.
  • VSA – An international nonprofit organization, with affiliates in most states, dedicated to creating a society where all people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts

Our Accessibility Policy

Arts Midwest believes all individuals and communities deserve meaningful artistic experiences. Arts Midwest provides, upon request, alternative formats, auxiliary aids, and services necessary for all individuals to participate in all programs and services provided by our organization.

Questions? Please contact Adam Perry, Arts Midwest’s accessibility coordinator, at [email protected] or 612.238.8013.