Bring the ideals of EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE to your community! Here are some easy ways to get started.
- Check out the other communities for ideas. To do so, change your location at the top navigation bar.
- Search the Project Access for All National Registry of Accessible Arts and Recreation to find organizations in your area that are already working toward accessibility and inclusion.
- There’s strength in numbers! Create a Project Access Meetup group to bring like-minded people together. Here’s an example from NYC: http://www.meetup.com/ProjectAccessNYC-Young-Leadership-creating-access-to-culture/
- Get to know your local government representatives and agencies who focus on disability, diversity, and culture. Connect with your ADA regional office as well as any local chapters of disability advocacy groups. Also the National Endowment for the Arts Office of Accessibility and your State Arts Agency and Regional Arts Organizations Accessibility Coordinators. They are all great partners!
- Join the Project Access Virginia LinkedIn discussion group to meet other people across the country who are launching Project Access in their areas. It’ll be a great place to swap stories, share ideas, and brainstorm together about making communities throughout the U.S. as accessible and inclusive as possible. [link to this discussion group] Discover new tools, ideas, and success stories from Project Access ambassadors like you all around the country.
- Best Practices for Inclusion in the Arts (May 2013) - The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), then led my Commissioner Kate Levin, joined MOPD, ABS, and Project Access NYC in inviting cultural organizations from across the city to this all-day symposium hosted at the Museum of Modern Art. Museum director Glenn Lowry inspired all in attendance at this gathering. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWjJMIh09fI
- Opening the Digital Doorway (October 2014) - Project Access NYC and ABS put together several professional development workshops for museums, hosted at the Morgan library and focusing on making technology in cultural settings more accessible to all.
- ADA25NYC (2015) - In collaboration with MOPD, DCA, ABS and numerous other disability advocacy organizations and service providers, Project Access NYC is helping to organize the New York City celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Take a look at the ADA25NYC website and newsroom for more information.
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