Accessibility Resources for Arts Organizations
This page provides resources, templates and guidelines for arts organizations working to better able to serve all artists and audiences.
For a brief overview of Audio Description, please see these documents:
What is Audio Description (RTF)
What is Audio Description (PDF)
What is Audio Description (DOC)
To offer Audio Description service at a performance, an arts organization should obtain the services of an Audio Describer, paid or volunteer, who will see the production prior to the publicly described show. Pick a date that does not conflict with other AD shows, and then reserve portable AD transmitter and receivers in advance.
The American Council for the Blind provides a full listing here of Minnesota theaters that offer Audio Description.
The Guthrie Theater offer ASL interpretation, audio description and open captioning upon request for discussions, concerts and special events, or any play that runs less than two weeks. Requests must be received at least two weeks in advance. Services are subject to availability and provided at the discretion of the Guthrie.
Renting or Borrowing Audio Description Equipment
Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis)
"We offer ASL interpretation, audio description and open captioning upon request for discussions, concerts, special events or any play that runs less than two weeks. Requests must be received at least two weeks in advance. Services are subject to availability and provided at the discretion of the Guthrie."
Below are sample contracts for an AD:
Audio Description Contract 2010 (RTF)
Audio Description Contract 2010 (PDF)
Audio description Contract 2010 (DOC)
To find an AD, please contact Andy Sturdevant, email@example.com, 651-294-0907 voice/tty
Accommodations for People Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
This guide was created by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) and is also available on their website, along with many other excellent accessibility resources. It offers suggestions of best practices of providing American Sign Language interpreters for events, planning ahead, finding interpreters, signing a contract, reaching an audience.
Guide for Interpreted Performances (RTF)
Guide for Interpreted Performances (PDF)
ASL Interpreting Contract (RTF)
Accessibility and your website
This material prepared with the assistance of Dakota Sexton.
Do they work? In short: no. As with any accessibility-related question, there are nuances to the discussion, but we recommend you don't use them, and the broad consensus in disability communities and with experts is that they should not be used. This Overlay Fact Sheet, prepared by a large coalition of accessibility experts, is a great resource to begin with.
Ensuring your website is accessible
Captioning and Audio Description Resources
12-Step Plan to Access for Arts Organizations
This 12-Step Plan was developed by Deborah Lewis, a national accessibility consultant, to help arts organizations identify their weaknesses in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and to create a plan that will complete their access needs.
Sample Access Plans Available (DOC)
Sample Access Plans Available (PDF)
Access Plan Boilerplate Draft (DOC)
If you have any additional resources or questions please contact Andy Sturdevant.