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ADA Policies & Practices

Sample Letter of Agreement and ADA Checklist (Tour Rider)

For touring companies or organizations that use facilities other than those they own, it is stongly recommneded that you provide a letter of agreement, rider and/or ADA checklist to the landlord or manager of the venue in which the programming will take place. If your services are contracted, presented or part of a larger production/festival/exhibit, you are still responsible for advocating and requesting accessibility services for your artists and the patrons who will particpate in you event.

Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrator's Handbook

Designed to help organizations not only comply with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, but to assist in making access an integral part of planning, mission, programs, outreach, meetings, budget and staffing. Copies of the book can be ordered through the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies web site. The publication can be downloaded at no charge in Portable Document Format (PDF).

Sample Advance Notification Policy

It is recommended that all cultural organizations have a policy providing the public a timeline if they require an accommodation/service. This policy should appear in all print and online communications.

Sample Advance Notification Policy

If you require an accommodation or service (i.e. ASL, Open Captioning, Audio Description, etc.),please contact "ABC Organization at 973-555-1212" at least two weeks prior to your scheduled visit.

Revised ADA Ticketing Requirements

Providing equal opportunity to people with disabilities is the fundamental principle of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This publication provides guidance on the Department's new nondiscrimination requirements that apply to selling tickets for assigned seats at events such as concerts, plays, and sporting events. The requirements, which are identical for title II and title III entities, apply to tickets sold for single events and those sold for a series of events (e.g., subscriptions or season tickets).

Communicating with People with Disabilities

Employees or customers who have disabilities will feel most comfortable at your place of business if you consider these suggestions for effective communication.

This material is based in part on Achieving Physical and Communication Accessibility, a publication of the National Center for Access Unlimited, and Community Access Facts, an Adaptive Environments Center publication.

Patrons with Hearing Loss

Based upon the last US Census and stats from the Center for Disease Control, there are approximately 800,000 citizens who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in New Jersey.

There are multiple programs and services cultural organizations can offer to ensure that patrons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing can fully participate.

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