Equity and Accessibility Workplace Accessibility Grant Program Workplace Accessibility Grants | Governor's Work Board Creating Equitable Spaces for Your Internal Stakeholders Your Employee Handbook: A Free Template Self-Assessment Tools Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Organizational Assessment Tools: A Resource Guide Example of an Accessibility Plan The Steel Yard’s Accessibility Plan. What Is Considered a Dis/Ability in Rhode Island? The law defines dis/ability as the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months. Top 10 Practices to Center Accessibility. Recordings of Creating Access and Inclusion Workshops The workshops are designed to provide guidance about interacting, communicating with and including people with dis/abilities and differences to change things for the better and become part of the equity solution. Getting Started: Understanding Dis/ability and Improving Accessibility. This two-hour workshop features Jeannine Chartier (Arts Equity RI), Conor Moynihan (RISD Museum) and Charles Baldwin (Mass Cultural Council). Understanding Neurodiversity and Enhancing Inclusion. This two-hour workshop, features Jeannine Chartier (Arts Equity RI), Mario Gomez (marioagomez.com), Rikki Davis (RIOT RI), and Howie Sneider (the Steel Yard). Creating Access in Nonprofits: Disability Rights under the ADA and 504. The 90-minute workshop examines the requirements of nonprofits under federal disability rights legislation, including the ADA and 504. A link to the PowerPoint slides in the presentation is available in the video’s description. During the workshop, scenarios and problem-solving opportunities spark ideas about how the laws and inclusive design can help organizations enrich their programs and build diverse audiences. Specific examples are germane to cultural organizations. View the companion Power Point. Board, Staff and Volunteer Diversification Diversifying your board, staff and volunteers Addressing Issues of Equity in Volunteerism: Where to Look & What to Do How to Build a Diverse Nonprofit Staff Toolkit Resources on Diversifying Your Board of Directors Rhode Island Resources Governor’s Advisory Council for the Blind and Visually Impaired. An advisory body appointed by the Governor and mandated by state law that advises the Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired regarding the programs provided by the agency. Participates in working relationship with the State Rehabilitation Council and Statewide Independent Living Council. State of Rhode Island Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The principal agency in Rhode Island on behalf of people of all ages who are deaf and hard of hearing. Service to request a Sign Language Interpreter or CART Provider. IN-SIGHT. A private, non-profit organization incorporated in 1925 to serve the needs of Rhode Island’s blind and visually-impaired population of all ages. As Rhode Island’s reading service for people who are blind and visually impaired, they operate a fully equipped radio station: INSIGHT Radio. Ocean State Center for Independent Living (OSCIL). OSCIL is a consumer controlled, community based, nonprofit organization established to provide a range of independent living services to enhance, through self direction, the quality of life of Rhode Islanders. Community Provider Network of RI (CPNRI). CPNRI represents twenty-six private providers of services and supports to people with developmental disabilities throughout Rhode Island. Advocates in Action RI. Rhode Island’s statewide self-advocacy organization for people with disabilities. RAMP: Real Access Motivates Progress. Educates and advocates for accessibility and inclusion to create safe and barrier free environments. Accessible Rhode Island. A website that lists the accessibility of libraries, restaurants, museums, cinemas and cultural sites that have been surveyed according to the guidelines for identifying accessibility outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The Sherlock Center on Disabilities. Partners with state and national agencies, schools, institutes of higher education and community providers to offer technical assistance, services, research and information. Also provides the Access for All Abilities Mini-Grant initiative to increase access to cultural activities for persons with disabilities in Rhode Island. Other Resources National Endowment for the Arts. A wide range of resources from The Arts Endowment’s Office of Accessibility. Includes A Brief Accessibility Checklist. Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrator’s Handbook. Designed to assist in making access an integral part of planning, mission, programs, outreach, meetings, budget and staffing. Institute for Human Centered Design. Enhancing experience for people of all ages, abilities and cultures through excellence in design. New England ADA Center. One of 10 regional ADA Centers comprising the ADA National Network. Provides information, guidance, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Cultural Access New England. CANE was founded to advance access to cultural facilities in New England for people with disabilities of all types. Lighthouse International, Inc. Provides services including appropriate fonts and styles for blind and low-vision readers. World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Comprehensive strategies, standards, and resources to make the Web accessible to people with disabilities. WebAIM. Provides the guidelines and key principles of accessible design to implement web accessibility so you can do your part to ensure the web can be accessed by a broader population. CAST: Universal Design. Provides a set of concrete suggestions that can be applied to any discipline or domain to ensure that all learners can access and participate in meaningful, challenging learning opportunities. NeurodiversityHUB. The Resources section includes a vast array of resources that have been created or curated for use by neurodivergent students, their parents and caregivers, employers and universities. Additional Resources from the Mass Cultural Council Disability Visibility Project. The Disability Visibility Project is an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture. Sins Invalid. Sins Invalid is a disability justice-based performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and LGBTQ / gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized. Sins Invalid has created and curated a helpful curriculum and resource list as well. The Changing Reality of Disability in America 2020. This documentary film and research project reexamines the experience of disability in America, and shines a light on the stories of those all too often left behind. You can access the full written report here. How the Environment of Poverty (Having Fewer Resources) Impacts Cognition and Learning, Ruby K. Payne. This essay discusses how poverty impact students leaning, including how the environment of poverty differs from the environment of formalized education, as well as things schools (and others) can to do support the success of under resourced students. Disability Inclusion steps, Ford Foundation. A selection of ways to explore and strengthen disability inclusion in your grant making, operations, and organizational culture. Social Justice: What’s disability got to do with it?, Ford Foundation. Advocates from the disability community highlight why a disability lens is essential to all of our social justice work and what you can do to accelerate our collective impact and build a fully inclusive world. Autism Self Advocacy Network.The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. LEAD Conference. With a focus on expanding the breadth and scope of accessible programming, LEAD provides an opportunity for professionals in the field to develop best practices and resources; engage in conversations with colleagues and experts from around the world; and learn practical methods for designing inclusive arts experiences and environments. . Thank you to Dr. Brea Heidelberg, ISO Arts Consulting, Jeannine Chartier, Arts Equity, and Charles Baldwin, Mass Cultural Council, for their participation in the workshops and compiling the resources.