Arts & Accessibility
Making Your Programs and Services Accessible
NEFA supports universal access to the arts, and strongly encourages all arts organizations to foster integration for individuals of all ages and abilities, whether audience members or artists, in all of their arts programs.
NEFA abides by state and federal laws that prohibit public support to organizations (people or entities) that discriminate against people with disabilities. Therefore, each grantee is required to assure that they are in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
By signing a NEFA application, grant recipients are in effect acknowledging that their programs, services, and facilities are accessible, or a plan to make them accessible is in place and being followed. Funds will not be granted unless applicants are able, if requested, to provide documentation of their compliance efforts.
All grant recipients are expected to complete the Section 504 Self-Evaluation Workbook and submit a copy to NEFA if requested.
NEFA provides resources to help with your accessibility efforts.
- National Endowment for the Arts
The Office for AccessAbility at the National Endowment for the Arts 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.
- ADA Compliance and Technical Assistance State Resource Directories
Compiled by The National Arts and Disability Center, directories include listings of organizations and agencies that provide technical assistance regarding ADA and the Arts in each state.
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The full text of the ADA statute as well as links to ADA-related resources online.
For additional information and assistance with accessibility as it relates to the arts and Section 504, contact:
NEA Office for Accessibility | tel 202.682.5532 | tty 202.682.5496
New England ADA Center | tel/tty 1.800.949.4232
For more information, contact:
Daniela Jacobson | ADA Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org | tel/tty 617.951.0010 x528