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Disability 101 // Summer 2020
Wednesday, August 05, 2020, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Category: FY21 Workshops

Disability 101

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Online via Zoom
Information on how to attend the Zoom will be included in your confirmation email.

The arts are for everyone, and everyone is different. How we understand and respect each others’ difference is a priority in the arts community. We often discuss our diversity by categories such as race, age, gender, social-economic status, sexual orientation, etc. More often than not disability is the ‘etc’ on the diversity continuum. It’s hidden, it’s not to be talked about or discussed. Don’t look, don’t say the wrong thing. But it’s OK to say disability, and it’s OK to ask questions. I’m disabled, and I’m here to talk about disability.

This session will explore some misconceptions, assumptions, and fears we have about disability. If we want to include people with disabilities at our arts organizations, then we need to better understand the barriers they encounter, the attitudes they face, and other issues that prevent their full participation. This session will consider disability from a community/multi-cultural perspective, providing suggestions on how to create relationships with different segments of the disability community and gain a better understanding of how to include people with disabilities in our arts organizations. The goal is to provide participants with an open forum for discussion to ask questions about disability, language, and fears by creating a safe environment to have an open and honest conversation about disability.

Beth Prevor is the co-founder and Executive Director of Hands On, an arts service organization which provides, supports and advocates for the accessibility of the arts for the Deaf/hard of hearing community through the following services: production of sign language interpreted performances, information and referral, theater consultations and workshops. Beth currently serves as an advisory board member for Lincoln Center’s Department of Program and Services for People with Disabilities, the Museum Access Consortium and the Rhinelander Children’s Aid Society. She has advised for the New Jersey Theater Alliance and Hospital Audiences. She has presented workshops on arts marketing for people with disabilities at the Kennedy Center’s LEAD conference and Americans for the Arts. As a person with a disability, Beth has promoted and advocated for inclusion in the arts for all people with disabilities for the last 30 years.



For accessibility information, special circumstances, or other accommodations please contact Kirsten Sweeney at [email protected]. Interpretation services are available by request; requests must be made at least 7 business days before the event.

Contact: Kirsten Sweeney - [email protected]