Accessibility and inclusion are a priority of the Louisiana Division of the Arts.

Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrator's Handbook

Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrator's Handbook is available free of charge for arts organizations. Published by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, this book addresses all aspects of both architectural and programming accessibility for people with disabilities. It's designed not only to help arts organizations comply with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, but also to assist in ensuring that access is an integral part of an organization's mission, planning, programming, outreach, meetings, budgets and staffing. You may download a copy of the handbook as a PDF file or view it chapter by chapter. Hard copies of the handbook can be ordered through the NASAA website.

National Endowment for the Arts Office for AccessAbility

The National Endowment for the Arts' Office for AccessAbility is the advocacy-technical assistance arm of the Arts Endowment, whose mission is to make the arts accessible for people with disabilities, older adults, veterans and people living in institutions. The Office for AccessAbility provides a variety of services to accomplish its goals including:

  • Publications.
  • Checklists.
  • Resource lists.
  • Technical assistance.
  • Workshops and seminars.
  • Projects and partnerships.
  • Advocacy.
  • Web links to other accessibility organizations.

ADA homepage

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

Disability access symbols

You can obtain free standardized graphic symbols for publicity and advertising, both on the web and in print here.

Disability access designs

If you are interested in Accessible Exhibition Design, visit the Smithsonian Accessibility program for more information.

Accessibility checklist

Is your facility accessible? Find out here.

Browsealoud speech-enabled web access

The Smithsonian uses the free Browsealoud program to enhance the accessibility of its website. Browsealoud reads the words on any web page through computer speakers. The program helps those who may find it difficult to read text online, who may have literacy problems or who have learning disabilities such as dyslexia. It is also a beneficial tool for those with English is a second language and may have trouble reading.

VSA arts - Kennedy Center

With a mission of creating a society where all people with disabilities learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts, VSA arts both showcases accomplishments of disabled artists and offers education programs to increase disability awareness. Visit The International Organization of Arts and Disability - VSA here.

Louisiana Developmental Disabilites Council

The Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council’s mission is to lead and promote advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Louisiana Governor's Office of Disability Affairs

Louisiana Governor's Office of Disability Affairs To view the Louisiana Guide to Supports and Services for Individuals with Disabilities, Elders, and Their Families Affected by Disasters, click here

Southeast ADA Center

The Southeast ADA Center, located within the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, serves as the regional center for an accessibility network of state and local partners from eight southeast states. The Southeast ADA Center offers five core services to promote awareness about the Americans with Disabilities Act, accessible information technology and the rights and abilities of people with disabilities:

  • Technical assistance
  • Training
  • Dissemination of information materials
  • Referrals
  • Public awareness activities

Southwest ADA Center

The Southwest ADA Center's mission is to promote voluntary compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by providing three core services — technical assistance, training and materials dissemination. Activities designed to carry out the mission in Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Louisiana are facilitated through the home office in Houston.

Louisiana Division of the Arts staff assistance

For other inclusion information, advice and referrals, contact Director of Accessibility Danny Belanger or call 225.342.8209.

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