The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) is committed to ensuring that arts venues, as well as arts programs, are truly inclusive and more accessible to everyone in our communities.
Toward that end, we compile and update a list of resources that can help others develop and implement plans that make both the creation — and the enjoyment — of the arts more accessible to those with disabilities.
Grantees must complete and have on file the NEA Section 504 Self-Evaluation Workbook. The workbook is designed to be used in conjunction with Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrator's Handbook, an overview and how-to guide for making arts programs accessible to people with various disabilities.
The Accessibility Planning and Resource Guide for Cultural Administrators is a step-by-step, detailed guide to help arts organizations with compliance and inclusion.
The documents listed above are currently under revision to comply with the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design. In the meantime, it is important to use these resources.
The NEA has provided a tip sheet to summarize the 2010 revisions as they relate to arts and cultural organizations.
The NEA's Brief Accessibility Checklist is an additional tool for arts and cultural organizations.
Regional and National Resource Organizations
The New England ADA Center is one of 10 regional ADA Centers comprising the ADA National Network. provides guidance, and training on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) tailored to meet the needs of businesses, government and individuals at local, regional and national levels.
The National Endowment for the Arts Office for Accessibility offers technical assistance and guidance. They provide multiple publications and resources on their website or in-person guidance through their office at 202.682.5532 voice, 202.682.5496 TTY, 202.682.5715 fax, or email to email@example.com or the Office of Civil Rights at (202) 682-5454 or (202) 682-5695 Voice/T.T.Y.
Assessment & Planning
Accessibility checklists provide baseline (current status) assessment of your facility, programs, and services. Once you have your baseline you can then work to set short-term and long-term goals and develop a plan that aims to make the arts more accessible to all.
Arts and Humanities Accessibility Checklist This resource was developed by the Accessibility Offices at the National Endowment for the Arts and has not yet been updated to reflect the 2010 Regulations on the Americans with Disabilities Act or the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design.
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community where member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop web standards. There are three levels of compliance: A, AA, and AAA. On January 18, 2017 the U.S. Access Board published a final rule updating accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 255 of the Communications Act.
Meetings and Event Planning
Regulations, Guidelines, Standards, and Rules
Americans with Disabilities Act
The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division developed a website that provides information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act. The following are links to revised regulations, design standards, and guidance, effective in 2012. They should be used and referenced together. If your organization is a state or local government organization such as a public school, library, town office, etc., be aware that you have obligations and requirements under Title II of the ADA. Your organization will need to comply with applicable state and local laws too.
Ticketing and Admissions
The Graphic Artists Guild offers downloadable disability access symbols to help you promote and publicize accessibility for people with disabilities