ADA Compliance

Each grant applicant must certify that it has on file a Section 504 Self-Evaluation for its organization in order to be eligible for funding. Listed below is a PDF version of the Section 504 checklist, as well as a more detailed checklist an organization may consult if it has additional concerns about the accessibility of its facility. Neither form should be submitted as part of an application package. Adobe Reader must be installed to view these documents. For more information on ADA compliance, contact Janet Perkins, Community Development Program Manager.

Tools for Grantees & Organizations

These additional tools are intended to help organizations assess barriers encountered by people with disabilities who attend your activities. We encourage organizations to use these tools to outline goals and specific steps to be taken to remove barriers that may hinder people from fully enjoying all artistic experiences.

  • Download the appropriate Disability Access Symbols for use in publicizing your activities to people with disabilities. 
  • 12 Step Plan to Access
  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and checklist for Web developers to use in making websites accessible to persons with disabilities, provided by the World Wide Web Consortium.  
  • The Institute for Human Centered Design is dedicated to enhancing the experiences of people of all ages and abilities through excellence in design. 
  • To help organizations not only comply with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, but to assist in making access an integral part of planning, mission, programs, outreach, meetings, budget and staffing please refer to the Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrator’s Handbook.                              
  • NEA ADA Tip Sheet is an easy-to-read explanation of the 2010 revisions to the ADA Titles II and III that impact arts and cultural organizations, including requirements for ticketing, mobility devices, service animals, and new construction.  
  • A simple guide, People First Language, to using appropriate language when describing disabilities.

Organizations and Government Agencies Devoted to Accessibility Issues

  • The Kennedy Center's Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) program.
  • The National Arts and Disability Center is a leading consultant in the arts and disability community, and the only center of its kind.
  • VSA Arts Organization, an international, nonprofit organization, with affiliates in most states, dedicated to creating a society where all people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts.