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The National Center on Accessibility is a global leader promoting the full inclusion of people with disabilities
in parks, recreation and tourism. Based at Indiana University and established in 1992 through a cooperative agreement
with the National Park Service, NCA has emerged as a leading authority on access issues unique to park and recreation
programs and facilities. NCA promotes the principles of universal design and inclusion as important factors for
achieving personal wellness and building healthy communities. Through the comprehensive services of Research, Technical
Assistance and Education, NCA focuses on universal design and practical accessibility solutions creating inclusive recreation
opportunities for people of all abilities. NCA links the preferences and needs of people with disabilities to those of
practitioners designing facilities and planning programs. NCA services give park and recreation professionals practical
accessibility solutions to implement in their programs and facilities, welcoming and encouraging leisure participation among
people with disabilities.
Created in 1991, the Kennedy Center's Accessibility Office oversees architectural, communications, and program access at the
Center for all programs and events. Going beyond compliance, the Office strives to make the Kennedy Center a performing arts
center for everyone by initiating opportunities for patrons, visitors, employees, volunteers, artists, performers, and interns
with disabilities; promoting the use of Universal Design in all renovations for full physical access; and providing assistive
listening devices, sign language interpreters, captioning, audio description, and Braille and large print programs for events and
activities at the Center. Additionally, the Accessibility Office encourages and promotes accessibility in cultural arts venues
around the nation and across the globe through the Center's annual Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) conference.
The Kennedy Center's Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) network is a professional network that engages cultural
administrators in a conversation on accessibility, disability, and inclusion in the arts. Through its annual conference and ongoing
professional development initiatives, LEAD explores practical methods for implementing accessibility in cultural environments; communicates
information about arts and accessibility; and shares resources and knowledge among professionals in the field of accessibility.
VSA, an international organization on arts and disability, was founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and
education opportunities for people living with disabilities and increase access to the arts. With a network of international and United
States affiliates, VSA provides resources and tools to support arts programming in schools and communities; arts and education programming
for youth and adults living with disabilities around the world; and other opportunities for learning through, participating in, and
enjoying the arts. VSA is an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The Smithsonian’s Accessibility Program strives to make all visitors feel welcome by providing consistent, effortless access to the Institution’s
programs, collections, and facilities. This program, which serves as a role model for museums throughout this country and around the world, is
founded on the belief that all Smithsonian visitors and staff are valued, and that access should be integrated, independent, and dignified. As
part of its mission, the Smithsonian Accessibility Program seeks to expand its national outreach to the museum community, diffusing resources,
technical information, policies and practices, and replicable programs.
Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National
Zoological Park and nine research facilities.
The Great Lakes ADA Center is a member of the
ADA National Network.The Center and Network's mission is to increase awareness and
knowledge with the ultimate goal of achieving voluntary compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Great Lakes ADA Center is one of 10 Centers that comprise the Network serving the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio,
The Great Lakes ADA Center is a program of theDepartment of Disability and Human Development under the College of Applied Health Sciences at the
University of Illinois at Chicago.
The Great Lakes ADA Center and the ADA National Network are funded by the U.S. Department of Education through the auspices of the National Institute
on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)