Facilities & Risk Management
The U.S. Department of Justice shares 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards for accessible design.
The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) has a comprehensive 11-step process that helps match an institution's capabilities with the needs of the audience.
The American with Disabilities Act National Network provides information, guidance, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Document Portal. Museums can find personalized resources and assistance through one of the ten regional centers located through the United States.
The U.S. Department of Justice provides copies of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) statute as well as technical assistance for specific topics, such as service animals in public accommodations and parking lot requirements.
The Art Institute of Chicago provides a webpage devoted to its accessible programs and services.
The American Council of the Blind provides this site with detailed resources to create better audio description tours for people who are blind or have low vision.An audio description tour at a museum should assist in leading visitors from exhibit to exhibit, and emphasize should be on size, shape, color, texture, and detail.
The Bullock Museum provides a webpage about its accessible programs and services, including website accessibility guides.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) shares its Cultural Administrator's Handbook which is designed to help organizations, not only comply with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, but to assist in making access an integral part of planning, mission, programs, outreach, meetings, budget and staffing. (PDF, 171 pages)
Disability Access Symbols
Graphic Artists Guild Foundation provides graphics package of 12 major access symbols, available online or on computer disk, designed to help organizations better advertise their accessible programs and facilities.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) website provides information and applications for grants related to physical accessibility of facilities.
The National Park Service (NPS) offers a Preservation Brief focused on Making Historic Properties Accessible. It underscores the need to balance accessibility and historic preservation and offers several practical solutions. It also includes a section on historic landscapes and a short bibliography.
The New York Transit Museum provides a webpage devoted to its accessible services.
Center for Universal Design shares articles on what universal design is and how organizations can use this system to make sites more accessible.
The Portland Art Museum provides a webpage devoted to its accessible services.
The U.S. Department of Justice provides fact sheets summarizing the changes to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations effective March 2011.
The Institute for Human Centered Design provides resources to help organizations achieve legally required accessibility and promotes best practices in human-centered, or universal design. The website includes a Universal Design Case Study Collection for organizations.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum provides a webpage devoted to its accessible services.
The Whitney Museum of American Art provides a webpage devoted to its accessible services.