Archives: Arts and Recreation Webinar Series
November 19th 2015

Topic : Are Smart Devices the Smart Choice for Accessibility? Perspectives on Digital Interpretive Media.

Description :

Smartphones and tables have become an essential piece of everyday life for some many of us from waking up in the morning, sending emails and text messages, browsing the web, listening to music and much more. Today’s technology has built-in accessibility features that enable people with disabilities to also utilize these devices. Smartphone and tablet technology is increasingly being used to deliver digital interpretive program in parks, museums, zoos and other similar venues. Join us in exploring the implementation of digital media from the user’s point of view. Topics will include an introduction to the built-in accessibility features of smartphones and tablets, user perspectives on the use of smart devices in interpretive programming in recreation and cultural venues, and advice to content developers and interpretive media specialists for utilizing smart devices in programming.

July 16th 2015

Topic : The Care and Feeding of Auxiliary Aids and Assistive Technologies: Establishing Good Operating Policies and Procedures

Description :

Arts and recreation venues provide auxiliary aids such as assistive listening and audio description devices, as well as other equipment like wheelchairs, tablets, or iPads to provide access to their programs and activities for people with disabilities. Development of good policies and procedures for the maintenance, distribution, and training in use of these devices is critical in order to provide safe and seamless access. Topics will include maintenance requirements of sanitizing, and storage; and distribution procedures of testing, delivery of devices, instructions on use, troubleshooting, collection, and follow-up on any malfunction. While entities cannot charge for the use of an auxiliary aid, they can collect some form of collateral in an effort to ensure the equipment is returned. What is allowable and how to determine the type of collateral to request so as not to be onerous to the patrons who have the loan of the equipment will be presented.

June 25th 2015

Topic : The ABCs of Assistive Listening Technology

Description :

Assistive Listening Systems are an essential tool for providing effective communication. Choosing a system that will work in your space, and properly installing and maintaining that system are key to providing the highest quality experience for patrons and visitors. In this webinar, presenters will review the requirements for assistive listening systems and the basic features of infrared, radio frequency and induction loop assistive listening systems. Participants will learn the pros and cons of each system, their legal obligations, and how to properly maintain the system.

May 28th 2015

Topic : Accessing the Cultural Arts - Considerations for Patrons Who Are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing

Description :

Join us for this engaging webinar to learn about best practices for accommodating patrons and visitors with hearing loss! Topics include an introduction to hearing loss; the rights and responsibilities on the part of the patron and the performing arts venue; challenging listening situations and communication strategies; and assistive devices, services and technology. The session will wrap up with a facilitated question and answer session.

March 26th 2015

Topic : Connecting All People to "Places:" Content and Design Considerations for App Accessibility

Description :

Planning for accessibility at the beginning of any project is critical. This same principle holds true for mobile applications. During the development of their "Places" app, the National Park Service knew from the beginning that the app would need to be accessible in its operation. They also planned for the delivery of automatically triggered audio description at outdoor exhibit panels and significant places on the landscape. What couldn't be planned was how the accessibility features and operation would change the app itself in addition to the perspectives of the programmers and designers working on the project. Our presenters will use the "Places" app to discuss what everyone should think about during the planning and execution of making mobile apps accessible.

January 22nd 2015

Topic : Inexpensive Options for Access

Description :

Don't buy into the idea that accessibility is too expensive! Join us for this webinar to find out about inexpensive, quick fixes that can make a venue more welcoming to people with disabilities. In the second part of the webinar, we'll take time to brainstorm creative solutions.

December 10th 2013

Topic : Experience Preference Theory as a New Way to Understand and Respond to Diversity

Description :

This session will describe recent research on a new theory of the types of experiences that people prefer. The theory is called IPOP after the four key dimensions it addresses: Idea (conceptual), People (emotional), Object (visual/aesthetic), and Physical (somatic sensation). Data collected from thousands of Smithsonian museum visitors shows how these preferences influence behavior and responses in museums. A museum that wishes to serve all its visitors, including those with disabilities, needs to be aware of these preferences among its visitors, to realize how the experience preferences of staff affect what is made available, and to find ways to use this new understanding to serve visitors better.

September 25th 2013

Topic : Part Two: Sensory-Programs at Work

Description :

By examining several case studies, presenters will explore the ‘decision points’ one hits along the way in planning a sensory-friendly experience in a museum, theater, and outdoor setting. Presenters will review the different approaches and the pros and cons for each giving participants the tools they need to develop a program within their own community.

September 11th 2013

Topic : Part One: Strategies for Welcoming People with Autism and Other Sensory Sensitivities

Description :

This webinar will provide an overview and introduction to autism; general strategies for making public spaces more accessible to people with autism or other sensory sensitivities; and examine the need for specific programming or outreach efforts.

July 10th 2013

Topic : Transition Planning: The Dynamic Process for Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Description :

Both Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act require state, local and federal entities to develop Transition Plans for the removal of architectural and communication barriers to participation by people with disabilities. But what does a Transition Plan look like? More importantly, what should be the process for developing and administering a successful Transition Plan? Join John Wodatch, former Disability Section Chief at the Department of Justice, and a guest panel of Accessibility Coordinators from park and recreation entities. Learn how each Transition Plan is as unique as the entity developing it, what they used as guiding principles for prioritizing barrier removal, and other secrets to successful implementation.

May 29th 2013

Topic : Program Access in Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Description :

Practitioners often mistake the “program access” standard for only activities requiring advance registration, structured schedules and staffed by personnel or volunteers. However, “program access” really extends to the entire realm of opportunities, experiences and benefits. How does the program access standard in Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act apply to parks, recreation and places of tourism? In addition what does the provision for readily accessible and usable goods and services mean for places of public accommodation (Title III)? This session brings together two of the foremost national experts on program access, John Wodatch, former Disability Section Chief at the Department of Justice, and Ray Bloomer, Accessibility Specialist with the National Park Service, and Director of Education at the National Center on Accessibility. From national parks to river boat cruises, museums to fitness centers, wildlife refuges to performing arts theaters what should every service provider in recreation and tourism know about program access for inclusion of people with disabilities? Join John and Ray for a candid discussion of the program access standard.