Making your communications and
programming attractive and useable by everyone is as important as
making your facilities accessible.
Print Readability Resources
The Graphic Artists Guild Foundation has the universal
accessibility symbols on their web site and you can download them at no
cost. These symbols let people know what you can provide.
The Lighthouse has two very good pamphlets on print
legibility and color contrast.
Assistive Listening Devices
League for the Hard
The League's web site has a list of manufacturers and distributors of
Conservation Society of District 20-Y2
The Lions Club has a program whereby they will loan FM listening
systems and other assistive hearing devices to non-profits at no cost.
Here are phone numbers (all voice) in seven upstate areas:
Hearing Center, (518) 465-6585
Glens Falls Association for the Hearing Impaired, (518) 761-0554
Gloversville Hearing Rehabilitation Services, (518) 725-2620
Hearing Services, (518) 356-5911
Saratoga Speech and Hearing Center, (518) 584-0578
Speech & Balance Center of Troy, (518) 272-7323
Center for Independent Living, (315) 797-4642
Report to the US
This site will give you the final report on assistive systems that was
made to the US Access Board.
Self Help for Hard of
This is a comprehensive site to get an overview of assistive listening
devices, descriptions of different kinds of systems, a publication list
and much more.
TDD and TTY
Your phone company can provide information on phones that can be used
by the deaf and hard of hearing, and on the relay service in New York.
Audio description provides narration of the visual
elements of theater, film, and video during pauses in spoken portions.
Audio description is very useful with theater and film presentations
and for museum exhibits.
There are several kinds of captioning: closed, open and
real time. Many television programs are closed captioned and a control
on the television allows the captions to be seen. Open captioning
appears at the bottom of video or film no matter what technology you
use to show it. Captioning is done after a film or video is edited.
Funding is available for NYSCA grantees toward the costs of open
captioning through The
Theatre Development Fund TAP
PLUS program. (212) 398-7408
C2 does real-time captioning of performances, meetings, etc. They can
be reached at: The National Captioning Center
The Caption Center is the world's first captioning agency and a
non-profit service of the WGBH Educational Foundation.
Sign Language Interpretation
Deaf & Hard
of Hearing Interpreting Services (DHIS)
interpreters in New York City)
Sign language interpretation uses a language called American Sign
A New York based service organization that provides sign language
interpreted performances of theatrical productions, a monthly calendar
of events for the deaf community and consultation services for arts
organizations and consumers.
New York State Office of Advocate for Persons with Disabilities
Braille, Tactile Drawings and
House for the Blind
In addition to resource information and product
catalogs on its web site, the American Printing House for the Blind
will make Braille, tactile or audio versions of materials.
Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP)
(212) 802-2140 (Voice)
CCVIP trains people on computers with assistive
technology, maintains computer laboratories, acts as an information
resource on assistive technology, creates tactile drawings (tactile
drawings are high definition raised line drawings), and has a Braille
production service. They also have a free open house once a month.
(718) 335-1788 (voice)
Makes Braille versions of publications from one page to books.