ADA Policies & Practices | New Jersey Theatre Alliance

ADA Policies & Practices

Audio Description-Tips

Audio description (AD) provides visual information to people who are blind or have low vision. During the show, trained audio describers supply any pertinent visual content, telling patrons about the costumes, sets, lighting, characters, and movement on stage. In addition to offering information about visual content, audio description offers a measure of independence to people with vision loss. No longer do they have to rely on a companion to tell them what’s happening onstage.

Emergency Preparedness

For the millions of Americans who have physical, medical, sensory or cognitive disabilities, emergencies such as fires, floods and acts of terrorism present a real challenge. The same challenge also applies to the elderly and other special needs populations. Protecting yourself and your family when disaster strikes requires planning ahead. Discuss these ideas with your family, friends and/or your personal care attendant, or anyone else in your support network and prepare an emergency plan.

How to Identify Essential Job Functions

Before creating a job description announcement and beginning the hiring process, you'll need to determine the essential job functions and marginal functions (non-essential functions) of the job position.  The essential job functions will need to be included in the job description.  This information will be important for determining if an applicant can perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

For example, let's look at the essential and marginal job functions of a receptionist position in a professional office.

Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals

Service Animals

A service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Tasks performed can include, among other things, pulling a wheelchair, retrieving dropped items, alerting a person to a sound, reminding a person to take medication, or pressing an elevator button.

Marketing Tips For Engaging People With Disabilities (PwD’s)

  • Think about people with disabilities as you would any diverse, minority constituency you’re interested in engaging within your marketing strategies.
  • Think of disability and accessibility under marketing, community services, audience engagement - not only legal requirements, laws, compliance, etc..
  • Look to establish relationships and alliances with disability groups.
  • Try to find programming that would be of interest to a specific disability community and target as a way to introduce them to your institution.

Everyone's Welcome: The Americans with Disabilities Act and Museums

This manual was designed to assist museums in becoming accessible to all individuals, including people with disabilities, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 (ADA). Following an introduction that addresses museum attendance, accessibility, universal design, and different types of disabilities, chapter 1, "ADA Basics for Museums," explains the basics of the law and outlines the legal requirements of museums under the ADA. Chapter 2, "A Strategy for Accessibility," outlines a nine-step strategy of building blocks for achieving ADA compliance. is the federal government website for comprehensive information about disability-related programs, services, policies, laws and regulations. The site links to thousands of resources from many different federal government agencies, as well as state and local governments and nonprofit organizations across the country.


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