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A man playing a saxophone on stage. Painting of a hand cupped around a tiny infant. Vibrantly colored painting of geometric renderings of faces. A woman sculpting a bust out of clay. Close-up of a painting of a human eye in shades of black, red and orange. A woman performing in a play on stage. A young boy smiling at a hand puppet. An exuberant group of participants in the Actual Lives program. A young boy participating in the Arts Alive program. Painting with white and blue hair-like strokes on a background of deep turquoise. Man in a wheelchair viewing artwork in a gallery. Blind artist standing in front of his work. Group of women performing with colored scarves. Man speaking into a microphone with open captioning on a large screen behind him. Group of young students playing a musical game with the teacher.

ADA Toolkit - Accessibility Resources - Steps to Accessibility

Develop New Audiences

Once you have invested in making your programs, facility and services accessible, you will want to create a friendly, warm and welcoming environment. This can be accomplished by remembering to use People First Language and appropriate accessibility symbols.

VSA Texas staff is happy to consult with your marketing and promotional departments to plan ways in which you can encourage people with disabilities to become a part of your audience.

Train Your Staff and Volunteers

If you, your staff, or volunteers are unsure about what to do you when you meet a person with a disability call us. We can attend your next staff meeting, volunteer usher meeting or docent meeting and offer information and training on providing quality customer service for your patrons with disabilities.

Expand your services to patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing

We can give you tips on how to set up a sign interpreted performance, what to look for when buying Assistive Listening Devices, and information on the newest technology in captioning.

Expand your services to patrons who are blind or visually impaired

We can provide other resources for Braille and large print programs, give you tips on Braille signage, and provide Audio Description for your next movie, live performance, event, or museum exhibit.

Plan for New Construction and/or Renovations

Keep in mind that your facilities should meet the Americans with Disabilities Architectural Access Guidelines, and the Texas Accessibility Standards. We would be glad to meet with your architects to make sure that your building design includes accessible features that accommodate people with disabilities.

Provide resources to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act

Just have a question about accessibility or the Americans with Disabilities Act? We can link you up with the resources you need to answer your questions and to get you on your way to becoming totally accessible.

Visit the National Arts Disability Center Libraries - 10 Steps Guide to Accessible Arts.

Philosophy & Seven Principles of Universal Design

Principle One: Equitable Use


Principle Two: Flexibility in Use


Principle Three: Simple and Intuitive Use


Principle Four: Perceptible Information


Principle Five: Tolerance for Error


Principle Six: Low Physical Effort


Principle Seven: Size and Space for Approach and Use


VSA Texas is always looking for people to join us in our goal of assisting arts organizations to achieve maximum accessibility.

Contact us for more information on how you can help.

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