Accessibility Matters

acces_225x225Making the arts accessible to Nevadans of all cultures and abilities, without prejudice to geographic or economic status, is a priority for the Nevada Arts Council (NAC). Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act states, in part, that “no otherwise qualified person with a disability… shall solely by reason of their disability be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

The NAC encourages its grantees and partners to view accessibility as both a philosophic commitment and a business practice. Methods to address diversity in your community include involving individuals from diverse populations and/or organizations in the planning, implementation, evaluation and follow-up of a program. By making Nevada’s arts and cultural programs, activities, information and facilities accessible and usable to all people, with and without disabilities, we open the door to a new and expanded audience of participants, patrons and advocates.

For information on requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or how to make your programs and facilities more accessible, download the Design for Accessibility Handbook along with an Arts Accessibility Checklist on the National Endowment for the Arts’ AccessAbility homepage. This website provides information and links to Leadership Initiatives in Arts and Aging, Arts in Healthcare, Arts in Corrections, Universal Design and Careers in the Arts. It also features award-winning accessibility programs implemented across the nation.

Arts for All Nevada, NAC’s partner in accessibility education, provides arts programs for all Nevadans, including the 15 percent of Nevada’s population with some type of the only statewide source of participatory art programs for the 11% of Nevada’s population with some type of disability.
250 Court Street, Reno, NV, 89501, Voice/TDD:  775.826.6100 Fax: 775-337-6107 Email

Accessibility Resources