The Cultural Access Network has instituted this self-assessment and ADA planning tool in direct response to comments from arts organizations as they endeavored to write a comprehensive and usable ADA plan. It is strongly enouraged that the assessment is conducted by members of the organzation and their ADA advisory committee.
This document incorporates information, best practices and practical advice from Cultural Access Network members, arts leaders and people with disabilities. While it is impossible for this document to provide all necessary support material for each organization’s unique circumstances, this new tool provides a compilation of information that can be used by cultural institutions in their process of ensuring the arts in New Jersey are accessible to people with disabilities.
In developing this tool with the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Cultural Access Network relied heavily on Federal, State, and service organization generated guidelines and survey tools such as the ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG), the National Endowment for the Arts’ Arts Accessibility Checklist, VSA arts of Massachusetts’ Cultural Facility Access Survey and Teaching Instrument, and Adaptive Environments Centers’ ADA Title II Action Guide.