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CAN Webinars & Access Thursday Archives

2024 Recorded Archives

Making Film and Videos Accessible

May 2, 2024

Whether you are presenting a film or producing a video for an event or a social media post, what are the steps you can take to ensure these films and videos are accessible? In this session you will learn how to incorporate audio description, captioning, and sign language interpretation into your films and/or videos.

Conducting an Access Audit of Your Facility

April 4, 2024

Doing an assessment of your facility is essential to better understanding the features of your facility and what elements need attention with regards to ensuring accessibility for all staff, patrons and artists. Learn about the steps to take to assess your facility, who should be involved, and how to develop a plan to improve facility access.

Accessibility Awareness Training for Staff, Volunteers and Board

March 7, 2024

This roundtable will share tips on how to make your environment a more welcoming one for all your patrons. You will learn from arts patrons with disabilities on what they expect when attending an arts event. Disability etiquette, customer service practices, and customer service policies will be discussed.

Accessibility for Arts Programs at a University

February 1, 2024

This session is designed for those who run and work in arts programs within a university setting. When planning and implementing programs and policies, what steps towards accessibility can you develop and specifically for your arts programming? How can you be an accessibility advocate for the entire university campus?

What is Alt Text & How To Incorporate it on Your Website and in Your Social Media Posts

January 4, 2024

Familiarize yourself with the importance of alt text to help serve your Blind/low vision patrons. Tips on how to include alt text with your website and social media posts. Learn how those who are Blind/low vision rely on screen readers when visiting websites and using social media outlets.

2023 Recorded Archives

Best Practices on Target Marketing & Websites to Promote Your Accessible Policies & Programs

December 7, 2023

Communicating with the constituency you are looking to serve is essential as you build your audience and awareness of your organization’s access services and policies. Learn tips on how to market your programs and services, and the importance of having an accessible website and the information that needs to be highlighted on your website.

ADA Planning Session

October 11, 2023

ADA Plans are a requirement for all organizations receiving funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State. In addition, a majority of the state’s County Cultural and Heritage Commissions require a plan from their grantees. ADA Plans for FY24 are due on January 15, 2024. 

Customer Service: Creating a Welcoming Environment

January 5, 2023

To ensure that all patrons/visitors with disabilities feel welcomed at your organization and cultural event, organizations need to provide educational opportunities and tools for staff and volunteers. This session will provide strategies on how organizations can provide a more inclusive experience for all its patrons/visitors with disabilities.

Invisible/Non-Apparent Disabilities

February 2, 2023

Not all disabilities are visible or apparent. People with non-apparent disabilities are a growing population. especially as the COVID pandemic continues. As access needs are being re-evaluated to accommodate disabilities, those with invisible disabilities are often unacknowledged. Learn how invisibility is both a privilege and a problem and what organizations can do to welcome this very large segment of the population.

Creating a Sensory Experience for Those Who are Blind/Low Vision

March 2, 2023

Learn how to design a tactile cultural experience for those who are Blind/Low Vision. Case studies of sensory experiences in theatre and music settings will be shared.

ALD Systems Training with Mark Annunziato of Sound Associates

March 27, 2023

Don’t miss this learning session with Mark Annunziato of Sound Associates where you will learn how to use the listening enhancement devices, how to connect the devices to your sound systems, and general usage knowledge.

Accessibility in Outdoor Environments

April 6, 2023

What are the legal requirements and accessibility standards to help organizations develop a deeper understanding of how people with disabilities interact with their environment. Examples of how to remove barriers in outdoor settings will be discussed.

Prioritizing Accessibility in a Small Arts Organization

May 4, 2023

For an organization with few staff and limited resources, accessibility can be overwhelming. This session will provide tips on how an organization can get started and build their accessibility toolbox.
The Cultural Access Network Project is a program of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.