Arts & Accessibility

New England Dance Fund grantee Serenity Smith Forchion/Nimble Arts' workshop/performance with AXIS Dance; photo: Elsie Smith

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).

Grant Recipients

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.

Accessibility Resources

National Resources

Disability Access Symbols

The Graphic Artists Guild provides downloadable Disability Access Symbols to advertise your accessibility to employees, customers, audiences, and anyone else who needs access to your facilities or programs. Examples of places you’ll want to promote your accessibility include: advertisements, websites, newsletters, conference and program brochures, membership forms, building signage, floor plans and maps.

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.
 

Accessibility Committee

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

Contact

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 | Accessibility Coordinator
djacobson@nefa.org | tel/tty 617.951.0010 x528