ADA 25 FOR 25 CULTURAL ACCESS PROJECT

Illinois Humanities plans to do an assessment of their current programming by June 2015, which will help them to become more aware of what they are doing, and more to the point what they are not doing, to be accessible to everyone. Illinois Humanities plans to incorporate a staff training on disability awareness by August 2015, which they believe to be valuable because of the potential ripple effect – they host their own programs, partner with other organizations, and also fund programs statewide. Illinois Humanities also plans to explore ways to use the digital world to make its programming available to wider circles of participants. They will work to develop content partnerships with groups that focus on people with disabilities, to get the word out about humanities offerings and to grow new audiences. In programs such as Road Scholars and Museum on Main Street, Illinois Humanities will urge host venues to comply with the ADA and consider whether to make full ADA compliance a requirement for participation in those programs.