The Arts and Culture sector has always wanted to be a sector where people come together. Over the years, this sector has been moving towards trying to be inclusive and accessible of persons with disabilities – on stage/off stage/behind the stage and on/off the dance floor. The sector was making strides until the COVID-19 pandemic set the arts back 30 years in regards to accessibility for people with disabilities.

2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, yet few realize that access to the arts is a disability right. The vast majority of people with disabilities seldom have an opportunity to enjoy or participate in the arts. As the arts transition to using virtual platforms, this can mean either greater inclusion or greater exclusion for people with disabilities. The Inclusive Creativity webinar will teach how the arts and culture sector can provide a creative outlet in an accessible and inclusive way.

This free webinar will include the following:

  • Understanding disability challenges
  • Creating accessible social media
  • Creating accessible virtual space for people with disabilities
  • Tips for teaching an online dance class that is accessible

About the Trainer 

Kerry Thompson is the Executive Director For Silent Rhythms, Inc. and a 2018 recipient of the New England Foundations for the Arts’ Creative City grant. She is also the Senior Officer of Communications, Inclusion, & Analytics for the Disability Rights Fund. In these roles, Kerry is a renowned inclusion expert in how to create inclusive and accessible communications for various sectors – the arts, healthcare, human rights, nonprofits, and disability rights movement. She is also a dancer and a dance instructor having taught more than 5,000 people with disabilities how to dance.    

Accommodation Information

The webinar will include American Sign Language interpreter and English captioning/CART.