Libraries and Accessibility under ADA

Description:

Cultural access seminars address accessibility and disability awareness and training as it relates to cultural institutions.  The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates equal access for all people to facilities, programs and events.  Staff training seeks to create an awareness of cultural access and the unique needs of the disability community among staff, docents, volunteers and anyone who works directly with the public.  The majority of accommodations made for people with disabilities also benefit the public at large, and serve only to increase the audience using an institution and its collections. Half day seminars provide an overview of ADA and how its requirements effect cultural institutions, looking at both the physical facility and such basic requirements as ramps and accommodations, to programmatic areas such as accessible exhibits and events.  Full-day seminars include a hands-on session which explores ADA requirements more fully, and allows participants to actually perform components of a building survey.

Goals:

  • Create an awareness of cultural access and the unique needs of the disability community among staff,  volunteers and anyone who works directly with the public.
  • Understand accessibility and disability awareness and training as it relates to cultural institutions.
  • Learn what you can do to improve the physical accessibility of your building

Audience:

Administrators, Facilities Managers and any staff interested in ADA and accessibility issues

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Instructor:

Miriam Kahn, MLS – MBK CONSULTING Columbus, OH