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Accessibility Planning: The Key to Successful Inclusion // Fall 2020
Wednesday, September 09, 2020, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
Category: FY21 Workshops

Accessibility Planning: The Key to Successful Inclusion

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
6:00pm - 7:30pm

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

In this session, participants will have the opportunity to lay the groundwork to understand the need for and how to develop a comprehensive ADA/Accessibility plan. Accessibility begins with policies and organizational buy-in from every department – from the Board of Directions to the house staff and ushers. Without a comprehensive plan, true accessibility is disjointed and difficult to achieve.

Starting with a conversation about disability, the session seeks to provide participants with a framework of looking at accessibility from a Diversity/Equity/Inclusion perspective. From this understanding, we will then ask participants to look at each department of their organization and how those departments impact the access efforts of the organization.

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.

John McEwen serves as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, a service organization for the state’s 31 professional Equity producing theatres. John is the founder and Chairman of the Cultural Access Network Project, a program of New Jersey Theatre Alliance and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts that assists the state’s cultural organizations as they make their programs and services accessible to individuals with disabilities. Prior to the Alliance, John served as the Director of Development for Paper Mill Playhouse and the Vice President for the New Jersey Network Public Television Foundation. John serves as a trustee for ArtPRIDE New Jersey, Center for NonProfits, and the Fund for the New Jersey Blind. John has spoken on the importance of arts access programming and planning at many regional and national conferences including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' LEAD (Leadership Exchange for Arts and Disability).


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]