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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.

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.

Disability.gov

Disability.gov 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.

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).

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).

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