Equity and Accessibility

Workplace Accessibility Grant Program

Creating Equitable Spaces for Your Internal Stakeholders

Self-Assessment Tools

Example of an Accessibility Plan

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.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cultural Access New England. CANE was founded to advance access to cultural facilities in New England for people with disabilities of all types.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.