Below are some online resources MRAC staff have compiled to assist MRAC-eligible groups in becoming more accessible to participants of all abilities. Resources are grouped according to topics, and in general we have tried to find resources specific to small arts organizations.
In addition to these online resources, MRAC offers:
- Regular free in-person trainings on accessibility topics, such as DIY ADA Access Planning and Access on A Shoestring. Upcoming events are listed on our online Events Calendar.
- Grant programs that can assist organizations address a variety of projects related to accessibility, including (but not limited to) supporting arts programs designed for people with disabilities, purchasing adaptive equipment, or hiring a consultant to conduct an accessibility assessment and build an ADA Access Plan.
- One-on-one assistance from MRAC’s Accessibility Program Director to answer questions about accessibility planning, access services, and more. Connect with Scott at email@example.com or 651-523-6384 to start a conversation and see how we can help.
Accessibility Resources Created by MRAC
The following are resources created by MRAC to assist with organizational planning for accessibility. They are listed from newest to oldest.
- DIY ADA Planning Workbook (2020) – This workbook is created with small arts organizations in mind to craft an ADA Access Plan. Go through the workbook to develop accessibility policies, articulate current access services, and craft goals for addressing barriers. This workbook is designed to accompany MRAC’s DIY ADA Access Planning workshop, but can be completed independently.
- How to Use the DIY ADA Planning Workbook (2020) – This supplement to the DIY ADA Planning Workbook gives guidance on how to use the Workbook.
- DIY ADA Planning Supplement: Identifying Barriers & Setting Goals (2020) – This supplement to the DIY ADA Planning Workbook helps you identify potential barriers to accessing your activities, and develop effective goals to address them. Another handy resource to have while filling out the Workbook.
- Brief Checkpoints for Access Questionnaire (2016) – This brief assessment helps you identify potential areas to improve access in your organization.
- Arts Accessibility Planning Guide: a self-survey tool for small arts organizations in the seven-county metropolitan area (2016) – An Excel workbook that walks you through a series of questions to pinpoint ways an organization might make its activities more accessible. At the end of the workbook is a tool to assist in developing plans to act on what you found in the assessment.
- Accessibility Resources to Help Involve People with Disabilities in Arts Programs (2016) – A robust list of organizations and best practices for involving people with disabilities in your arts activities.
- Working with American Sign Language Interpreters in Performing Arts (2016) – A comprehensive guide to integrate ASL interpretation into a performance.
These resources are ones we’ve found useful in our work at MRAC. Another excellent compilation of resources is available from the Minnesota Access Alliance on their MNAA Resources page. Please Contact Us if you have other resources to share or if you find a broken link.
General Introduction & Guidance
- Accessibility in the Arts: A Promise and A Practice (Carolyn Lazard) – A general accessibility guide geared toward small-scale arts nonprofits. Presented in high-contrast large print text, and available as downloadable PDF and as an MP3 audio file.
- ADA Self Assessment Survey (Cultural Access Network Project)
- ADA Checklist for Existing Facilities (Institute for Human Centered Design) – Based on the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design
- Quick Tips for serving customers with disabilities (ADA National Network)
- Tips On Interacting With People With Disabilities – Online booklet for anyone who wants to interact more effectively with people with disabilities.
- Disability Sensitivity Training Video (DC Government) – A quick and effective call to action for disability awareness, including brief tips on best practices in how to interact with people with disabilities. This video is a top resource for many groups.
- Accessibility Training Video (MoMA)
- At Your Service (Mid-Atlantic ADA Center) – 2-minute preview and 20-minute full training.
- I’m Tyler – Cerebral palsy ability awareness training.
- Disabling segregation: Dan Habib at TEDxAmoskeagMillyard
- Bridging the Gap for Children with Disabilities (National Inclusion Project)
- Accessible Word Document Training (Minnesota IT Services) – Interactive training module on making Word/Google Docs accessible.
- Accessible Electronic Documents (Minnesota IT Services) – Resource modules on making electronic documents accessible, including Word Documents, PDFs, InDesign, Powerpoint, & Excel.
Meetings & Events
- A Guide to Planning Accessible Meetings (Mid-Atlantic ADA Center and TransCen, Inc.) – A thorough but not-overwhelming guide to making events. Meetings, and conferences accessible. Tips on site selection, registration, room layouts, tips for presenters, and more.
- Accessible Meetings (Minnesota IT Services) – Resource modules with tips on making meetings accessible, including planning, conference calls, video conferences, and in-person presentations.
- Guidelines for Accessible Presentations (Museum Arts Culture Access Consortium)
Promoting to Disability Audiences
- Accessible Arts Calendar (Minnesota Access Alliance) – This is the go-to resource for arts and culture patrons with disabilities to find accessible arts and culture programming in Minnesota. Organizations can list their events that include access services to the calendar by creating an account and submitting an online form.
- Disability Access Symbols – The Graphic Artists Guild provides a free package of downloadable logos to use in publicizing your activities to people with disabilities. Their page also explains what the symbols stand for and when it is appropriate to use each one.
Sensory Friendly Programming
- Relaxed Performances: The Nuts and Bolts of Offering Sensory-Friendly Experiences to Your Audience (Howlround)
- What Goes Into Creating a Sensory Friendly Performance? (Children’s Theatre Company)
- Accessible Social Media (University of Minnesota Accessibility Office)
- Tips for effective, accessible social media use and outreach (Minnesota IT Services)
- Website Accessibilty Audits (University of Minnesota Accessibility Office)
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) (World Wide Web Consortium)
- Web & Apps: Design websites and applications so they’re accessible to everyone (Minnesota IT Services)
- Accessibility: Image Alt text best practices (Guðrún Gústafsdóttir)
- Alternative text guidance (WebAIM)