Local Arts Funding
The Americans with Disabilities Act gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications.
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
The Endowment maintains an extensive listing of resources pertaining to accessibility and universal design. The NEA web site contains the text of the ADA act, as well as the ADA Architectural Guidelines (ADAAG), an ADA compliance guide, and links to other useful sites.
The NEA distributes Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrator's Handbook. This how-to reference and resource guide for integrating older adults and people with disabilities into all aspects of an arts organization was produced by a partnership of NEA, NEH, NASAA, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, with additional funding from MetLife Foundation.
The Endowment also offers an Accessibility Planning and Resource Guide for Cultural Administrators, which is available in Portable Document Format (PDF). View and/or download this publication.
New York State Human Rights Law
New York's Human Rights Law guarantees the State's citizens equal opportunity to "enjoy a full and productive life." including in public accommodation, housing, employment, etc. The law should be reviewed to understand the definitions of "disability" and "reasonable accommodation".
New York State Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
As the successor agency to the former NYS Commission on Quality of Care for the Mentally Disabled and NYS Office of Advocate for Persons with Disabilities, the CQCAPD serves as an advocate and a resource for individuals of all ages with all types of disabilities.
U.S. Department of Justice
The ADA section of the Department of Justice's web site includes ADA law, updates on the law and how it is used and a good technical assistance program. The website offers information on the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
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