Vermont Arts Council

Disability Awareness Training

To best serve your customers, your organization needs to be welcoming and inclusive to everyone. This means your staff and volunteers need to feel comfortable providing information, directions, and help to anyone who comes through your doors. VSA’s training for disability awareness helps you to prepare your staff and volunteers to deliver the best service they can.

About the Workshop

This training provides information about various disabilities, people first language, disability access symbols, communication strategies, accessibility and accommodations, and more. It is designed to begin a conversation that will continue in the community when the workshop is over. This workshop is recommended for anyone working directly with patrons, such as nonprofit administrators, volunteers, and instructors.

Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • inclusive practices
  • resources available to address future concerns

who should attend

Administrators of nonprofit organizations, or people who teach or lead programs, including volunteers. The workshop will best serve organizations with a primary focus on the arts, but any nonprofit personnel are welcome.


  • April 19, 2018 | Vermont Studio Center, Johnson | 2 – 4 p.m.
  • April 25, 2018 | Brattleboro Music Center, Brattleboro | 1 – 3 p.m.
  • both workshops free for returning members | $25 for new organizations
  • instructors: Toby MacNutt and Heidi Swevens from VSA Vermont
  • register online by April 17, 2018


The Vermont Studio Center and Brattleboro Music Center are both physically accessible for participants who use wheelchair or other mobility aids, and those who prefer not to use stairs. We invite you to contact us with specific accommodations you need to facilitate your participation workshops or any other questions you have.

Contact Michele Bailey, 504/ADA coordinator by sending an email or by calling 802.828.3294.


Contact Sarah Mutrux by email or by calling 802.828.5425 with any questions or concerns that you have.

admin-place September 25, 2017