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1 in 5 Americans has a Disability. 
VSA Ohio offers professional development opportunities and trainings to increase access and inclusion in your organization and community.

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Let's create more accessible arts and culture experiences
November 27 + 28
Presented in partnership with Arts Cleveland, Services for Independent Living, and Beck Center for the Arts
Accessible Marketing
Help people of all abilities access your content and know what to expect when you promote your great work. From print to digital to in-person marketing, minor tweaks can make a big difference. Erin Hoppe of VSA Ohio will discuss best practices for accessible marketing and we will use your own work for discussion - bring your marketing materials!
Tuesday, November 27 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Beck Center for the Arts, Music and Dance Building
17801 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107
Customer Service: welcoming people with disabilities
Help equip staff and volunteers with the tools they need to welcome visitors with disabilities. Services for Independent Living’s Laura Gold will lead a panel discussion filled with insights, resources and experiences that span the gamut.
Wednesday November 28 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Services for Independent Living
26250 Euclid Ave #801, Euclid, OH 44132
These are fragrance free events in wheelchair accessible locations with live CART transcription.
For additional access needs contact LeAundra Richardson, Arts Cleveland at or (216) 575-0331, x132
$10 per session
$15 one sesson for a team of 2-3
$15 both sessions for single person
Interested in hosting an accessibility workshop in your neighborhood? Contact VSA Ohio today!
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

We are excited to announce a new resource for the community. Our Cultural Access Guide was developed with cultural administrators in mind. The Guide provides an overview of access in cultural spaces, with resources, best practices, and support to help you welcome people with disabilities. This Guide was made possible with support from the Ohio Arts Council and input from numerous community members.

Click the image below to download the Cultural Access Guide as a PDF. The Guide may be shared and cited.

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**Accessibility. Download a more accessible Word version of the Guide.

Contact VSA Ohio to get the Guide in an alternate format and/or receive a hard copy, 614-241-5325, info at

Click here to download the Cultural Access Guide; if problems with access, please call 614-241-5325

Conference archive

Click the images to go to each conference's dedicated webpage.


Click here for more information about the ACT dis/ability conference+festival  September 27 + 28, 2018


2nd annual building access by design conference, September 21, 2016. Register now Building Access by Design 2.0, September 21, 2016

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.



Increasing Access: Opening Doors for People with Disabilities

Presented November 2016 

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


Accessible Events: A little more planning, fewer surprises, happier attendees.
Presented March 29, 2018

Click here to watch the webinar / screen shot of YouTube channel with webinar slide



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

Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts

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

Disability Statistics Compendium

Disability Studies, Temple University

Disability Studies Quarterly Journal

Disabilities Unlimited

Disabled Writers: a listing of writers and identity

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

Disability and I Do

Film Festival Access Guide by ReelAbilities Toronto

Guide to Accessible Meetings, Conferences and Events

Kaleidoscope Magazine, United Disability Services 

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

National Center on Disability and Journalism

National Endowment for the Arts, Office for Accessibility

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, Resources for Employers

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

Smithsonian's Accessibility Page

Webinars on Accessibility for Arts & Recreation, Great Lakes ADA Center archive