Glossary of Terms & Resources
Diversity: The psychological, physical, and social differences that exist among any and all individuals. This includes but is not limited to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, veteran status, education, marital status, language, age, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, size, genetic information, learning styles, and political or other affiliations.
Equity: The guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups.
Inclusion: The act of creating involvement, environments, and empowerment in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate.
A note from COA regarding ADA Accessibility
In general terms, ADA accessibility means all who want to participate in arts-making and arts participation are able to, including people with disabilities. It is an organization’s responsibility to ensure that its facilities and programs and services comply with the National Endowment for the Arts’ regulations implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and meet or exceed the Americans with Disabilities Act standards and are as accessible as possible to the widest number of people.
Accessibility Coordinator: An individual who serves as an organization’s primary contact for ADA-related inquires and requests and is responsible for completing an organization's ADA Self-Evaluation. This individual must be a member of the paid staff. If your organization is all-volunteer then an unpaid member of your board/team.
ADA Self-Evaluation: A tool to assist in evaluating the accessibility of an organization's programs/services and activities. This tool serves as the first step in helping an organization to identify a plan for improving access for people with disabilities.
COA’s Accessibility Resources page
National Endowment for the Arts’ Section 504 Self-Evaluation workbook