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Arts & Inclusion: A Guide for Expanding Access to The Arts for Persons with Disabilities

• Downloadable Disability Access Symbols: Download appropriate symbols for your organization’s communications

• Organizational resources:

American Foundation for the Blind: The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential.

Institute for Human Centered Design: Promotes design that works for everyone across the spectrum of ability and age and enhances human experience. It provides easy access to information and guidance about the civil rights laws and codes that provide a bedrock of accessibility in the US, as well as providing education and consultation about strategies, precedents and best practices that go beyond legal requirements to design places, things, communication and policy that integrate solutions to the reality of human diversity.

National Arts and Disability Center: The NADC is a leading consultant in the arts and disability community, and the only center of its kind. Our information is aimed at artists with disabilities, arts organizations, museums, arts administrators, disability organizations and agencies, performing arts organizations, art centers, universities, arts educators, and students

National Endowment for the Arts: NEA Office for Accessibility is the advocacy-technical assistance arm of the Arts Endowment to make the arts accessible for people with disabilities, older adults, veterans, and people living in institutions.

Tennessee Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing : The Tennessee Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TCDHH) has the responsibility for ensuring that state and local public programs and services are accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, and deaf blind citizens. TCDHH coordinates communication, information, public awareness, and advocacy services through six regional community service centers. The centers assist the Division of Rehabilitation Services by providing services that compliment those offered by Vocational Rehabilitation staff. TCDHH strives to open new avenues which will lead to equal opportunities for Tennesseans who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened or deaf blind. The centers are located in Memphis , Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Johnson City, and Jackson.

Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities : The Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities is a state office that promotes public policies to increase and support the inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities in their communities.

U.S. Department of Justice, Americans with Disabilities Act: For ADA Regulations and Technical Assistance Manuals.

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center : The mission of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development is to facilitate discoveries and best practices that make positive differences in the lives of persons with developmental disabilities and their families. Dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with disabilities by embracing core values that include: 1) the pursuit of scientific knowledge with creativity and purpose, 2) the dissemination of information to scientists, practitioners, families, and community leaders, and 3) the facilitation of discovery by Vanderbilt Kennedy Center scientists the translation of knowledge into practice.

VSA Arts: 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.

VSA Arts of Tennessee: VSA Tennessee, established in 2001, is the State Organization on Arts and Disability.  In Keeping with the mission of the international non-profit that is our namesake, we provide people with disabilities opportunities to participate in, learn through and enjoy the arts.

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