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Accessibility of the Arts

This printable checklist addresses making the arts more accessible for people with disabilities.

National Endowment for the Arts

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Posted by: adurham99 on Wed Nov 30, 2022 at 2:31 p.m.

This is a great quick checklist to help make sure art exbibits are accessible. The checklist includes more than just the physical space where the art would be. The links in the checklist also work and are a great further resource.

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Posted by: tjloken on Wed Apr 19, 2023 at 11:07 a.m.

Overall, a quick and easy source to utilize in understanding if art exhibits are accessible. I liked the idea of a checklist and that it was available for download. There were also links attached to the document, further supporting their criteria for the checklist.

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It took me several years of struggling with the heavy door to my building, sometimes having to wait until a person stronger came along, to realize that the door was an accessibility problem, not only for me, but for others as well. And I did not notice, until one of my students pointed it out, that the lack of signs that could be read from a distance at my university forced people with mobility impairments to expend a lot of energy unnecessarily, searching for rooms and offices. Although I have encountered this difficulty myself on days when walking was exhausting to me, I interpreted it, automatically, as a problem arising from my illness (as I did with the door), rather than as a problem arising from the built environment having been created for too narrow a range of people and situations.

Susan Wendell, author of
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability