Resources

Accessibility
Information

One of COCA’s many goals is to help create an all-inclusive arts community where anyone regardless of their race, color, national origin, disability, age, religion, or sex can participate in the arts in whichever capacity that they choose whether it be as a performer or as an audience member.

Accessibility page

COCA's Resources

COCA has compiled a directory of ASL interpreters who are willing to work with different arts events from music performances, theatre productions, and to visual art workshops in the big bend area. This resource was created with local arts organizations and particpants in mind.

View the list here.

If you would like to add yourself to our directory please email megan@tallahasseearts.org

Accessibility Support Materials

Want to learn how your organization or programs can be more accessible to everyone in the community? The support materials listed on this page are a great way to get started! 

 

The Americans with Disabilities Act (1990)
This is the official source of information and technical assistance about the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

 

  • Design for Accessibility
    Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrator's Handbook source is designed to help you not only comply with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, but to assist you in making access an integral part of your organization's planning, mission, programs, outreach, meetings, budget and staffing.

  • Accessibility Planning and Resource Guide for Cultural Administrators
    The Guide provides guidance to cultural administrators on how to achieve accessible and inclusive programming for everyone including individuals with disabilities and older adults. It is designed to help your organization not only comply with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act but also to assist in making access an integral part of your organization, including its staffing, mission, budget, education, meetings, programs and beyond.

  • Section 504 Self Evaluation Workbook
    This Program Evaluation Workbook (Workbook) is designed to assist the staff of Endowment grant recipients in evaluating the current state of accessibility of their programs and activities to disabled visitors and employees. More specifically, the Workbook is intended to assist organizations in their efforts to: (a) comply with the Endowment's regulations implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, including the preparation of a self-evaluation of all programs, activities, policies, and practices to determine areas of noncompliance, and (b) better understand the relationship between 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • Brief Accessibility Checklist
    The information below is a user‐friendly tool for your confidential use to assist you in making your organization and project inclusive and available to everyone. The checklist includes links to a wide variety of resources.  If you are a grantee of the NEA, this checklist is not a substitute for completing the NEA’s Section 504 Self‐evaluation Workbook, available at http://www.arts.gov/about/Civil.html

 

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Accessibility Program Resources
The VSA and Accessibility Department offers a large selection of publications, guides, and other resources dealing with a wide variety of subject matter in arts, education, and disabilities.

 

Accessible Exhibition Design
Exhibitions are complex presentations that convey concepts, showcase objects, and excite the senses. However, as museums recognize the diversity within their audiences, they realize that exhibitions must do more: exhibitions must teach to different learning styles, respond to issues of cultural and gender equity, and offer multiple levels of information. The resulting changes in exhibitions have made these presentations more understandable, enjoyable, and connected to visitors’ lives. The Smithsonian challenges its exhibition teams to invent such solutions and to share those findings with colleagues through this document.

 

VSA Florida Webinars and Resources

VSA Florida (VSAFL) provides meaningful learning experiences that increase artistic skills, foster creativity, promote social skills, and provide new ways of communication.

Each year, VSA Florida provides direct services to all 67 counties in Florida and serves over 60,000 individuals with disabilities, as we endeavor to create a world in which the arts are universally accessible.

 

Download Disability Access Symbols
These symbols advertise your accessibility to employees, customers, audiences, and anyone else who needs access to your building or offices. Examples of places you will want to promote your accessibility include: advertisements, newsletters, conference and program brochures, membership forms, building signage, floor plans and maps.

 

 

COCA is committed to helping its members become and remain accessible to all audiences. For assistance with ADA or other accessibility issues, or for help creating an access plan, contact COCA at 850-224-2500 or email megan@tallahasseearts.org.

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National Accessibility Organizations

NEA Office for Accessibility
The National Endowment for the Arts’ Office for Accessibility is the advocacy-technical assistance arm of the Arts Endowment to make the arts accessible for people with disabilities, older adults, veterans, and people living in institutions.

 

Department of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all. With 52 international affiliates and a network of nationwide affiliates, VSA is providing arts and education programming for youth and adults with disabilities around the world.

 

National Arts and Disability Center
NADC's mission is to promote the full inclusion of audiences and artists with disabilities into all facets of the arts community. The NADC is a leading consultant in the arts and disability community, and the only center of its kind. Their information is aimed at artists with disabilities, arts organizations, museums, arts administrators, disability organizations and agencies, performing arts organizations, art centers, universities, arts educators, and students.

 

National Center for Accessibility
The National Center on Accessibility promotes access and inclusion for people with disabilities in parks, recreation and tourism. NCA was established through a cooperative agreement between Indiana University and the National Park Service.  Over the last two decades, NCA has emerged as a leading authority on access issues unique to park and recreation programs and facilities.

 

These are only a few of the many organizations that offer information and services on a national basis. If you know of one that should be added to the Accessibility Resource page please contact megan@tallahasseearts.org.

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Regional & Local Accessibility Organizations

Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
The Florida Division of Cultural Affairs works to ensure that meaningful arts experiences are available to all of its state's citizens, including people with disabilities, patients and caregivers in healthcare settings, and older adults. The Division assures that all of our offerings are accessible. Our grantees sign a contract certifying that they will comply with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

 

VSA Florida
A private not-for-profit organization, VSA Florida (VSAFL) conducts art education programs in schools, Department of Juvenile Justice facilities, and community centers; promotes the accomplishments of artists with disabilities through our artist registry, exhibitions, and performances; and increases access to the arts through professional development workshops.  VSA Florida is a member of the VSA Affiliate Network (a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.) and is headquartered at the David C. Anchin Center in the College of Education at the University of South Florida.

 

Florida Alliances for Assisted Services & Technologies
The Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, Inc. serves Floridians with disabilities by providing free access to information, referral services, educational programs, and publications in accessible formats on topics such as disability rights, laws, and policies.  We also provide assistive technology (AT) device loans as well as funding opportunities for AT.

 

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc.
The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council was established in 1971 to help plan individual and family-centered supports for persons with disabilities in Florida. The Council also guides the development and administration of services for people with developmental disabilities by planning and funding research, innovations, and programs designed to improve the quality of their lives.

 

Florida Council for Community Mental Health
The Florida Council for Community Mental Health (FCCMH) is a statewide association of 50+ community-based mental health and substance abuse agencies. The associations membership includes a number of agencies that specialize in substance abuse services and children services, as well as hospital-based programs.

 

Disability Rights Florida
Disability Rights Florida was founded in 1977 as the statewide designated protection and advocacy system for individuals with disabilities in the State of Florida. Disability Rights Florida is a not-for-profit corporation that has authority and responsibility under eight federal grants. Our services are free and confidential.

 

Ability 1st - The Center for Independant Living of North Florida 
Ability1st, the Center for Independent Living of North Florida, is a community-based non profit organization that provides services to persons with varying disabilities. Ability1st serves Leon, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Gadsden, and Wakulla counties. Ability1st is part of a nation-wide network, founded by Ed Roberts and other disability advocates in the 70’s. Robert’s spearheaded the Independent Living Movement based on independence, integration, and removal of architectural & attitudinal barriers for all.

 

Lighthouse of the Big Bend
Lighthouse of the Big Bend offers services to individuals with vision loss in Franklin, Gadsden, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor, and Wakulla counties. Services include Orientation and Mobility, Vocation Rehabilitation, Assistive Technology, Services for Children and Teens, iPhone training, and support groups. 

 

FSU Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD)
The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at FSU (CARD-FSU) in the Autism Institute was established in 1994 and is one of 7 centers funded by the Florida Legislature and coordinated as a grant program through the Florida Department of Education. The FSU CARD serves 18 counties in the panhandle of Florida with offices in Tallahassee, Panama City, and Pensacola. CARD has extensive experience serving individuals with ASD and provides direct services for communication, social, and behavior problems, as well as provides information, consultation, and technical assistance to families and professionals associated with CARD clients. The Center also offers partnerships to professionals and pre-professionals who serve, or are preparing to serve, the client population. CARD-FSU currently serves over 4,000 individuals ranging from infancy to adulthood, and has excellent working relationships with the early intervention system, school system, and healthcare providers in the 18-county catchment area and the network of 7 CARD sites across the state of Florida.

 

Center for Disability Access & Resources (CEDAR)
The Center for Disability Access and Resources provide services and academic accommodations for students of all backgrounds on campus with documented physical, psychological and learning disabilities. Not only do we advocate for our participants, but we encourage them to become their own advocates as well.

 

Area Agency on Aging for North Florida
The Area Agency on Aging for North Florida is one of the eleven Area Agencies on Aging in Florida. As mandated by the Older Americans Act, Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) have responsibility for development of planning for all aging issues in their respective Planning and Service Area. We are a private non-profit corporation that contracts with the State of Florida Department of Elder Affairs to administer federal and state programs for seniors and their caregivers in a fourteen county Planning and Service Area (PSA).

 

These are only a few of the many organizations that offer information and services on a local and regional basis. If you know of one that should be added to the Accessibility Resource page please contact megan@tallahasseearts.org.