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Cultural Access New England (CANE) was founded to advance access to cultural facilities in New England for people with disabilities of all types.  CANE defines accessibility broadly, to include programmatic, architectural, physical, communication, attitudinal and other forms of access.  CANE takes as a basic tenet that increasing accessibility for people with disabilities increases accessibility for everyone.

Upcoming Events

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Prior Events

"ACCESS: Steps Forward to Inclusion"
May 16, 2016  1 - 3 PM  Providence Children's Museum

How do we look at our institutions and the barriers that prevent full inclusion?  Is meeting ADA compliance satisfactory?  Do you think people with disabilities don't attend your programs?  Is it always about money?


Addressing policy and the need for institutional buy-in, Cultural Access New England (CANE) will facilitate a lively discussion for cultural organizations wanting to go beyond regulatory requirements and broaden community outreach, develop strategic plans, and create inclusive environments.  Information regarding regulations and resources will be present in a workshop designed to support the Executive Director AND the Volunteer.


Presenters:
Charles Baldwin, Program Officer, UP Inclusive Design Initiative, Massachusetts Cultural Council
Saki Iwamoto, Health and Wellness Educator, Boston Children’s Museum
Nora Nagle, ADA and 504 Accessibility Coordinator, Museum of Science


"Engaging People of All Abilities Through Inclusive Digital Media"
March 18, 2016    WGBH - Cahners Conference Room

Increasingly, cultural institutions are relying on their web sites, online and social media, and multimedia tour guides to welcome their visitors.  Come hear how your digital assets and outreach can be fully inclusive to people of all abilities.  Top experts in the field will be sharing their knowledge, insights and tips, and will help you explore ways to create effective tools for audience engagement.


Presenters include Brian Charlson, Director of Computer Training Services, The Carroll Center for the Blind and an expert in accessible media from NCAM, the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH.


Brian Charlson, Director of Technology for the Carroll Center for the Blind

"Access . . . It's Not As Scary as You Think!"
October 15, 2015  Peabody Essex Museum

Many museums, historic sites, and other cultural organizations are just starting to understand the necessity of access within their institutions.  This introduction will include an exploration of myths and realities surrounding people with disabilities and will strengthen your comfort level enabling you to better serve this audience.  An overview of access services, practical tips, scenarios, and legalities of the Americans with Disabilities Act will arm you with tools to make it work!


"Deaf & Hard of Hearing Sensitivity Training"
April 29, 2015  Providence Children's Museum

Learn about deaf culture and communication tips for interacting with deaf and hard of hearing people.  Conducted by the RI Commission on the Deaf and Hard Hearing.  You are welcome to join this special presentation to Providence Children's Museum staff and volunteers by RSVPing to Saunders@ChildrenMuseum.org

"Understanding Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders"
April 9, 2015  Providence Children's Museum

Learn about the needs and concerns of children on the autism spectrum and discuss ways to support them as visitors to the Museum.  Conducted by The Autism Project.  You are welcome to join this special presentation to Providence Children's Museum staff and volunteers by RSVPing to Saunders@ChildrenMuseum.org

"Round Tables Around the Town"

Follow-up to the discussions of the last CANE workshop, "Creating a Welcoming Space for Visitors Who Are on the Autism Spectrum".  Continuing the small group conversation by asking questions, sharing program ideas, and exploring resources that make your cultural institution more accessible for visitors who are on the autism spectrum.


September 18, 2014 - Museum/Exhibition based discussion at Museum of Fine Arts.


September 22, 2014 - Performance/Theater based discussion at Wheelock Family Theatre.

"Creating a Welcoming Space for Visitors who are on the Autism Spectrum"
June 13, 2014  Museum of Science, Boston

A conversation with cultural institutions about welcoming visitors on the autism spectrum and their friends and family.  The session will include a keynote address by Lisa Jo Rudy, writer, consultant and parent of a child on the autism spectrum.  Lisa Jo has worked with cultural institutions in New England to create quality experiences for visitors who are on the autism spectrum.


Following the keynote, representatives from area institutions will share their experiences developing programming for visitors.  The panel will include Boston Children's Museum, Wheelock Family Theatre, Open Door Theater, Museum of Fine Arts - Boston, and Museum of Science - Boston.

"An Introduction to Audio Description:
Making your Cultural Program and Experience Accessible
to People who are Blind or Have Low-Vision"
December 12, 2013  Wheelock College

Cultural organizations can use audio description throughout their programs to make the experience more meaningful and engaging to people who are blind, have low vision or experience other barriers to text.  This workshop will familiarize participants with various approaches that cultural organizations are using.  We will share examples of audio description in live theater, recorded tours and live gallery settings.  You will have the opportunity to explore with experienced colleagues how audio description might work for your organization.  While you will not leave with all the skills you need to start providing audio description, you will have a list of the resources you will need and a vision for how to proceed.


"Historic Preservation & Accessible Design"
Dr. David Bonnet, RIBA, FRSA
November 19, 2013  Massachusetts State House

David Bonnett is a consultant architect with a background in both local authority and private practice.  In 1994 David completed his Research Degree (Ph.D) on "Design Effectiveness for People with Severe Disabilities".  This, as well as his personal knowledge of disability, has made David a leading figure on the subject.  He has worked on a wide range of projects including the Roundhouse in Camden, Tate Britain, Royal Festival Hall, King's Cross Station, Ashmolean Egypt Galleries, Sir John Soanes Museum, Sadler's Wells Dancehouse.


David Bonnett Architects was established in 1994 in response to the demand for his particular experience and skills as Architect-Access Consultant.  Following expansion, the practice was reformed as David Bonnett Associates (DBA) in 2001.  DBA is now one of the leading access consultancy practices in the UK, working on significant projects and with many of the major architectural practices in the UK and Europe.


Sponsored by the Bureau of the Statehouse and Institute for Human Centered Design.


95th Annual New England Museum Association Conference
"Who Cares?: Why Museums are Needed Now More Than Ever"
November 14, 2013 Newport, RI

Accessibility presentations by CANE steering committee members:


9-10:30am: "Access . . . It's Not as Scary as you Think"

Many museums, historic sites, and other cultural organizations are just starting to understand the necessity of access within their institutions.  This introduction will include an exploration of myths and realities surrounding people with disabilities and will strengthen your comfort level enabling you to better serve this audience.  An overview of access services, practical tips, scenarios, and legalities of the Americans with Disabilities Act will arm you with tools to make it work!
- Maria Cabrera - Community Relations Supervisor, Museum of Science, Boston
- Katherine Gilliland - Docent Coordinator, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
- Charles Washburn - Executive Director, VSA Massachusetts


11am - 12:30pm: "Access . . . The Next Step."

Know the basics of Access?  Want to create a more inclusive environment?  Address the needs of older visitors?  Support all students in school groups?  In "What's next", through interactive presentation and discussion, participants will have the opportunity to explore approaches to the above, and more.  What do website design, architectural code and universal design have in common?  How to create policies and procedures that give you a good base for customer service?
- Nora Nagle - ADA & 504 Coordinator, Museum of Science, Boston
- Hannah Goodwin - Manager of Accessibility, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- Larry Goldberg - Director, Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH (NCAM)


"Websites and Accessibility" Webinar: Lunch with NEMA
Conversation Lead by Nora Nagle, ADA and 504 Accessibility Coordinator, Museum of Science

Have you been told that your website is not accessible?  Or that you need to make sure that your website is accessible?  Do you have absolutely NO IDEA what that even means?  Then this is the webinar for you!  Sponsored by the New England Museum Association, the discussion will focus on the different ways that people with different disabilities access the internet, and what makes some websites usable and others not.


This webinar will focus on the BASICS of website accessibility and how to make your website perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust for as many users as possible.  This will not be about programming languages or platforms, but rather the approach that one needs to take in order to examine your website for its accessibility and what to do in order to improve it.


Presenter Nora Nagle is the ADA and 504 Accessibility Coordinator.  Prior to joining the Museum of Science, she was the 2010 Gopen Fellow at the Institute for Community Inclusion. She is Vice-President of the Visually Impaired and Blind computer Users' Group (VIBUG) and is on the Board of the Massachusetts Assistive Technology Loan Program, on the Community Advisory Board for WGBH, and is a member of Cultural Access New England.


CANE Open Meeting, Massachusetts State House
Friday, October 18, 2013

Have you attended a CANE workshop in the past? Do you want to make your institution more welcoming to visitors with disabilities?  Cultural Access New England is here to serve you.  Join CANE for an Open Meeting for current and new members.


The Open Meeting will include a continental breakfast; discussion about a new Massachusetts Cultural Council accessibility initiative; resource tables for accessibility information; and a chance to share how CANE can help you meet your access goals.


Resource tables will include: Accommodations for People who are Blind, Low Vision, Deaf or Hard of Hearing; Basic Accessibility Etiquette; Universal Design and information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); and Universal Design for Learning.


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Lisa Wong of the Massachusetts Cultural Council speaking at a podiem flanked by Charles Washburn of VSA Massachusetts and an ASL-interpretor

Arts and Recreation Webinar Series

September 25, 2013 - "Sensory-Programs at Work"


September 18, 2013 - "Strategies for Welcoming People with Autism and Other Sensory Sensitivities"


July 10, 2013 - "Transition Planning: The Dynamic Process for Parks, Recreation and Tourism"


May 22, 2013 - "Program Access in Parks, Recreation and Tourism"

"Successfully Accessible" Webinar Series

March 26, 2014 - "Make Your Online Marketing Accessible"


June 26, 2013 - "Training Your Staff: Dos and Don'ts"


May 22, 2013 - "Planning a Successful Visit for Wheelchair Users and Mobility Issues"


April 24, 2013 - "How to Plan a Successful Visit for the Sight Impaired"


March 27, 2013 - "How to Plan a Successful Visit for the Hearing Impaired"


January 23, 2013 - "Access on a Shoestring and Knowing What You Need"
Access and Download Presentation
Access and Download Transcript

"Making Your Theatre More Welcoming to People with Disabilities"
Wheelock Family Theatre, December 6 2012

How do we understand the culture of expectations regarding patronage at a performance venue when making our venues accessible to all members of our society?  If inclusion is the goal, why are some groups opting for a separate event?


A candid conversation about making our performance venues more welcoming to people with disabilities.  Geared toward administrators, producers, managers, operations staff, guest services personnel, front of house staff.  Institutional policies and procedures; ADA regulations; venue vs. producer responsibilities; and the goals of universal access are reviewed.


Workshop Handouts:
Ten Commandments of Box Office Etiquette
Facts To Know About Interpreters
General Usher Guidelines
Communicating with People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Serving Patrons with Learning Differences
Front of House Tips for Patrons who are Blind or with Low Vision
Resources
Evaluation Form

Links:
2010 ADA Regulations and the Arts: Focus on Ticketing
Updated ADA Regulations and Ticketing Webinar

"Websites, Multimedia and Social Media - Accessible to All"
WGBH Studios, October 4 2012

More than ever, cultural institutions are relying on their web sites, online and social media and multimedia tour guides to welcome their visitors.  Your digital assets and outreach can be fully inclusive to all, including people with disabilities.  Presenters: Geoff Freed, Director of Technology Projects and Web Media Standards, Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH (NCAM); Brian Charlson, Director of Computer Training Services, The Carroll Center for the Blind.


If you are interested in a copy of Geoff Freed's PowerPoint presentation, send a note to NCAM@wgbh.org.


Geoff Freed Reviewing Powerpoint Presentation  Event Attendees Around Conference Table

Event Attendees Around Conference Table  Event Attendees Around Conference Table

"ADA Compliance . . . and Beyond"
Massachusetts State House, May 11 2012

What's the latest update on ADA regulations which affect cultural institutions; how can you go beyond basic ADA compliance to become more welcoming and inclusive to all visitors?  Presenters: Carl Richardson (Mass. State House); Kathy Gips (N.E. ADA Center at IHCD).


Carl Richardson

"Train the Trainers"
Museum of Fine Arts, March 16 2012

An in-depth session on welcoming visitors with disabilities, for people in cultural institutions managing and supervising frontline staff.  Speakers include Charles Baldwin (Wheelock Family Theater), Hannah Goodwin (MFA), Bonnie Kaplan (VSA), Nora Nagle and Maria Cabrera (Museum of Science).


Event Attendees  Presenter and Panalists

Event Attendees  Event Attendees