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The Atchafalaya Heritage Area has been designated by Congress as a National Heritage Area.
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:
ADA Home Page
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 (here) please visit the Smithsonian Accessibility program for more information.
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 web site. Browsealoud reads the words on any web page through their computer speakers. The program helps people who may find it difficult to read text online, those who may have literacy problems, or those with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. It is also a beneficial tool for those for whom 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. Please 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
Southeat 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, including North Carolina. 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:
Southwest ADA Center
The Southwest ADA Center's mission is to promote voluntary compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 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, TX.
Louisiana Division of the Arts Staff Assistance
For other inclusion information, advice, and referrals, contact Danny Belanger, at (225) 342-8209 or firstname.lastname@example.org .