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.
National Endowment for the Arts' Office of Accessibility
The NEA's Office of 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.
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.
Disability Access Symbols
The Accessible Icon Project is an ongoing work of design activism and continues its work as a collaboration among people with disabilities and their allies toward a more accessible world. Download the graphic icon for use in the public domain.
NEFA’s Accessibility Committee serves as a core resource for NEFA, advising on matters pertaining to providing access for people with disabilities and compliance with federal regulations and best practices regarding accessibility and inclusion
- Jane Preston, NEFA - Chair
- Loredana Brugnaro, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Boston, MA
- Todd Hanson, JSA, Portsmouth, NH
- Toby MacNutt, Burlington, VT
- Daniela Jacobson, NEFA
- Ann Smith, Featherstone Center for the Arts, Oak Bluffs, MA
- Ann Wicks, NEFA
- Dr. Lisa Wong, Harvard Medical School and Milton Pediatric Associates, Boston, MA