The Americans with Disabilities Act, (ADA) is the world's first comprehensive declaration of equality for people with disabilities and Arts4All Florida is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in a huge way! A 30-day calendar of art-filled events are scheduled to debut on Facebook from July 1-30 daily, at 11am ET, showcasing the incredible impact the ADA has made in the lives of teaching artists, professional artists and students with disabilities throughout the state of Florida. The public is invited to tune in day-to-day throughout the month of July to view outstanding performances, honest and informative interviews and a bird’s eye view into the interworkings of Arts4All Florida as they have adapted to the “new normal” in educating through assistive technology. See full press release here.
July 4 - A New Definition of Dance
July 18 - Creating Connections
July 21 - ILL-Abilities Video
July 28 - Chance2Dance for all Kids
July 30 - ADA and Arts Resource References
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is one of America's most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life -- to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services. The following links represent a few major resources providing a variety of information on the ADA and on access to the arts.
ADA.gov Information and Technical Assistance on the ADAhosts a wide variety of ADA information including text of the law, regulations and design standards, fact sheets, videos, and an information phone line. Materials are available in Spanish and English.
National Endowment for the Arts' Office of Accessibility is the advocacy-technical assistance arm of the Arts Endowment to make the arts accessible for people with disabilities. Resources include checklists, publications, and accessibility planning tools.
Florida Division of Cultural Affairsworks to ensure that meaningful arts experiences are available to all of its state's citizens, including people with disabilities, patients and caregivers in healthcare settings, and older adults.
The Accessibility Planning and Resource Guide for Cultural Administrators is an online companion to the printed text Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrator’s Handbook (2003). The Guide provides guidance to cultural administrators on how to achieve accessible and inclusive programming for everyone including individuals with disabilities and older adults.
W3C and the Web Accessibility Initiativeoffers strategies, standards and supporting resources for making websites, applications and digital creations more accessible.
Arts4All Floridaprovides, supports and champions arts education and cultural experiences for and by people with disabilities as a vision to create a world in which the arts are universally accessible.
VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all. Each year, 7 million people of all ages and abilities participate in VSA programs, in every aspect of the arts – from visual arts, performing arts, to the literary arts.
Southeast ADA Center is one of 10 federally funded regional centers in the National ADA Network providing information, training, and guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and disability access tailored to the needs of business, government, and individuals at local, state, and regional levels. The centers also conduct research to reduce and eliminate barriers to employment and economic self-sufficiency and to increase the civic and social participation of Americans with disabilities.
Florida Alliance for Assistive Services & Technology, FAAST, is administered through the Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and is federally funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) to help all Floridians with disabilities to live, work, learn, or play through advocacy and awareness activities that increase access to and acquisition of assistive services and technology. There are six centers in Florida.
Disability Rights Floridais a nonprofit organization that provides legal advocacy and rights protection for adults and children with a wide range of disabilities including civil rights and discrimination under the ADA.
Federal Social Media Accessibility Toolkit Hackpadis a guide to Improving the Accessibility of Social Media for Public Service.Created with the input of social media leaders and users across government and the private sector, this living document contains helpful tips, real-life examples and best practices to ensure that your social media content is usable and accessible to all citizens, including those with disabilities.
Americans for the Artsmission is to build recognition and support for the extraordinary and dynamic value of the arts and to lead, serve, and advance the diverse networks of organizations and individuals who cultivate the arts in America. The website link includes a vast array of arts and accessibility resources.
Disability Laws and Acts by Country/Area - Disability laws and acts are instruments through which countries abolish discrimination against persons with disabilities and eliminate barriers towards the full enjoyment of their rights and their inclusion in society. These laws and acts contribute to progress towards the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities (CRPD) in national legislation. Such legislation contributes also towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the pledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no one behind. (United Nations)