Accessibility

The Vermont Arts Council strives to support artists and arts organizations in making their facilities, programs, and services accessible to the broadest possible population. Many helpful organizations support that work; some are listed here.

The National Endowment for the Arts Office for Accessibility offers publications that provide technical assistance including the '˜Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrators Handbook' (currently under revision to comply with the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design). 202.682.5532 (voice) | 202.682.5496 (TTY).

The New England ADA Center is a project of the Institute for Human Centered Design and one of ten regional ADA Centers that comprise the ADA National Network. A leader in providing information, guidance, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) tailored to meet the needs of business, government, and individuals at local and regional levels.

800.949.4232 (voice/tty) | ADAinfoREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@NewEnglandADA.org

The Vermont Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a nonprofit organization offering free training, services, and support to visually impaired Vermonters.

The Vermont Center for Independent Living is a nonprofit organization directed and staffed by individuals with disabilities. VCIL works to promote the dignity, independence, and civil rights of Vermonters with disabilities. Like other independent living centers across the country, VCIL is committed to cross-disability services, the promotion of active citizenship, and working with others to create services that support self-determination and full participation in community life. 800.639.1522

The Vermont Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired supports the efforts of Vermonters who are blind and visually impaired to achieve or sustain their economic independence, self-reliance, and social integration to a level consistent with their interests, abilities, and informed choices.

The Vermont Interpreter Referral Service (VIRS) provides statewide interpreter and CART referral services for American Sign Language (ASL)/spoken English/oral interpreting assignments in settings such as medical, legal, mental health, employment, educational, civil, and recreational situations.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community where member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop web standards.

The Graphic Artists Guild offers downloadable disability access symbols to help you promote and publicize accessibility.

You may also contact Michele Bailey, the Vermont Arts Council's 504/ADA Coordinator.

802.828.3294 voice and relay calls welcome | mbaileyREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@vermontartscouncil.org