Accessibility Resources

The South Dakota Arts Council believes that all Americans should be able to participate in the arts and humanities including the 54 million citizens with disabilities and the 35 million Americans age 65 and older. The goal should be full inclusion in all arts and humanities programs and facilities.

Accordingly, the SDAC does not discriminate against any person on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex or physical or mental disability. The Council has the responsibility of ensuring that all programs using federal funds allocated by the SDAC are equally accessible to all people. The Council adheres to federal Fair Labor Standards and non-discrimination guidelines stated in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. The Council requires that those accepting SDAC grant money also comply with these guidelines. To accommodate the special needs of all people, SDAC printed materials will, upon request, be made available in alternative non-print forms. Please allow up to six weeks for requests to be filled.

If you are hearing impaired and want to contact the South Dakota Arts: TTY 888-540-5463, Communication Service for the Deaf of South Dakota, http://www.c-s-d.org/

Need Help With Accessibility?

Rebecca Cruse is the SDAC accessibility coordinator. She will be glad to assist you with questions regarding the arts and accessibility, or she will refer you to others who can help. Contact her at rebecca.cruse@state.sd.us or 1-800-952-3625 or through the South Dakota Relay Services 711 or 1-800-877-1113.

Here are a few accessibility resource links to help you get started:

Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrator’s Handbook is a publication created to help cultural facilities and programs understand accessibility and how to work toward being inclusive.

An electronic version is available at the National Endowment for the Arts Website at
http://www.arts.gov/resources/Accessibility/pubs/index.html

For help in acquiring an audio recording of this book, contact the NEA AccessAbility Office at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20506-0001. (202) 682-5532 voice; (202) 682-5496 TTY; (202) 682-5715 fax.

Accessibility Symbols to download: http://www.graphicartistsguild.org

The ADA homepage is located at www.ada.gov. It provides specific information on Title II (state and government) and Title III (nonprofit) requirements; it also offers a phone helpline, mediation information, and a list of federal resources, and much more.

Department of Justice ADA information web site: www.ada.gov/infoline.htm.

Arts Midwest Accessibility Center is a website offering lots of information about making your program, facility, or website accessible: http://www.artsmidwest.org/resources/accessibility

National Arts and Disability Center website lists accessibility resources for every state. It lists 19 in-state contacts for South Dakota. The site offers information on a number of topics including arts and accessibility, careers in the arts, assistive devices, services and products, and designing accessible websites: http://nadc.ucla.edu/.

NEA website: www.arts.gov/resources/Accessibility/index.html, offers accessibility links. South Dakota government accessibility contact is Steve Stewart at the Division of Rehabilitation Services (Department of Human Services) Steve.Stewart@state.sd.us; DHS main phone is (605) 773-5990 Voice/TTY. Steve: (605) 773-5485 or 1-800-265-9684 and ask for Rehab Services.

USD Center for Disabilities: A University program with outreach around the State of South Dakota: www.usd.edu/cd.

University of Wisconsin-Madison web accessibility checklist: https://kb.wisc.edu/helpdesk/page.php?id=1162

VSA is the national organization located at the Kennedy Center. Website:http://www.vsarts.org/