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1 in 5 Americans has a Disability.

Here are 5 reasons to care about accessibilty and inclusion:

1. It's the law.

2. It makes good business sense.

3. It aligns with your mission, vision, and strategic plan.

4. It shows you value different visitors and perspectives.

5. It's the right thing to do.


VSA Ohio now offers a menu of professional development opportunities and trainings.
Create more inclusive:  Spaces  |  Programs  |  Governance  | Attitudes  | Operations
Training Styles available:  Presentations  |  Program/Space Consultation  | Hands-on Scenario |  Webinars  |  1:1 and small groups
Designed for:  Arts  |  Culture  |  Humanities  |  Nonprofits  | Small Businesses  | Public Sector  |  Universities
Content topics can be tailored to your needs and might include:
- Disability 101: History, Trends, Policy, Basics, People-first language
- Disability 201: Marketing, Events, Accessibility Planning, Physical Spaces, Audio Description
- Relaxed Environments: Autism 101, Autism 201, sensory-friendly information

Funding from the Ohio Arts Council provides a limited number of trainings are available by scholarship through June 2017.  
Consultations can be scheduled by contacting VSA Ohio at 614-241-5325.

Ohio Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation


Click here for more information about the ACT dis/ability conference+festival


Ohio Arts Council Webinars
Get a taste of what trainings are like and pick up a few tips.

Increasing Access: Opening Doors for People with Disabilities
Presented November 2016 by Erin Hoppe

Presentation Screen shot: Increase Access, Opening Doors webinar

Accessibility 201: Relax and Create Sensory Friendly Experiences
Presented April 2017 by Erin Hoppe

Image of Webinar Presentation stored on Youtube. Slide is for Tips, Guides, Schedules and More



How can you make your arts, culture, or public space more accessible to people with different disabilities? Here are a few links to help you think about governance, programs, physical spaces, attitudes, marketing, and more.

AccessAbility Penn State: What to Fix Guide for Web Accessibility 

Accessible Meetings, Events & Conferences Guide, Mid-Atlantic ADA Center 

ADA Hospitality: An ADA National Network Initiative

ADA Online Audio Conferences

Assistive Listening Devices for People with Hearing Loss: A Guide for Performing Arts Settings

Audio Description Project

Audio Description Associates

Audio Description Coalition

Best Practices and Guidelines for Large Print Documents, authored by the Council of Citizens with Low Vision

Web Accessibility Research

CAST - Universal Design for Learning

Center for Applied Special Technology

College Guide for Students with Visual Impairments
Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrator's Handbook
Disability Law Handbook

Film Festival Access Guide by ReelAbilities Toronto

Guide to Accessible Meetings, Conferences and Events

Kennedy Center Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disabilty (LEAD) Resources

Marketing to the Disability Community (Arts Access Australia, PDF)

Mentoring Individuals with Disabilities - employment

Museum Access Consortium  

Museum of Modern Art, Accessibility Page

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, Resources for Employers

National Center on Universal Design for Learning

National Endowment for the Arts, Office for Accessibility

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

Smithsonian's Accessibility Page
Webinars on Accessibility for Arts & Recreation, Great Lakes ADA Center archive



The following list contains links to blogs and other pieces of writing that reflect some of the thoughts, concerns, and issues surrounding Disability that constitute a culture unique to the Disability experience. The blogs and other writings represent a wide variety of writers from unique perspectives and present Disability through a plethora of lenses. 

Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts

Disability Statistics Compendium

Disability Studies, Temple University

Disability Studies Quarterly Journal

Disabilities Unlimited

EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America (The Smithsonian)
Disability and I Do

Guide to Jewish Values and Disability Rights

Christopher Bowsman -Through Alien Eyes Blog

Elizabeth Sammons - Windows of Thought Blog

Kaleidoscope Magazine, United Disability Services 



2nd annual building access by design conference, September 21, 2016. Register now

About Building Access by Design 2.0:

Build your audiences and inclusion efforts with new resources and initiatives to improve accessibility for people with disabilities at your cultural institution. This is the second iteration of the Building Access by Design statewide conference in Ohio.


Image of Justin Martin wearing a black shirt and glasses.


"A Second Pain-Relief Cassette"

by Justin Martin

Writer, Poet, Advocate from Hilliard, OH

and Student at Kenyon College.




Click here for the conference agenda as a Word Document


Who Should Attend:

- Cultural Administrators
- Educators
- Disability Professionals
- Public Sector Employees
- University Employees
- Advocates

When & Where:

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

8:00am - 4:30pm

Columbus Museum of Art, 480 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215


Conference Accessibility:

We are committed to providing an inclusive and accessible conference to the widest possible audience.

Universal Design principals and best practices have been implemented as possible.

Please be certain to note any requests for accommodation during the registration process.

Requests for professional access services (ASL, CART, Braille, etc) must be made by September 13.

Any questions or requests should be directed to VSA Ohio at 614.241.5325.

Questions? Call 614.241.5325  Wheelchair accessible location  

Click here to download the conference access guide as a PDF

Conference Sponsors & Partners:


Disability Rights Ohio logo

Columbus Museum of Art

Ohio Arts Council

Greater Columbus Arts Council Logo

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Logo

The Columbus Foundation