ADA 25 FOR 25 CULTURAL ACCESS PROJECT
Merit School of Music is participating in the ADA 25 for 25 Cultural Access Project, and will focus on increasing training their staff on disability awareness. Inspired by their partnership with ADA 25 for 25, Merit has secured a grant to begin training of their staff by a professional organization. In particular, but not limited to, Merit will train front-line staff as well as faculty.
STAFF DISABILITY AWARENESS TRAINING EXPANSION
Starting in July 2015, with a grant from the Brinson Foundation’s Professional Development and Technical Assistance (PDTA) Program, Merit School of Music proposes to offer Disability Customer Service Training to their staff including program directors and managers, receptionists, facility staff, as well as the development and marketing staff. The training will offer best practices and be designed to build employees confidence level in serving visitors and audience members with disabilities and who are aging. In August 2015, Merit will conduct a needs assessment for the purpose of developing a long-term plan to deepen the organization’s impact in serving members of the aging and disability communities.
ABOUT MERIT SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Merit School of Music’s mission is to give children and youth—especially those living in economically disadvantaged communities—the opportunity to grow through music. It provides financial support through program subsidies, need-based tuition relief, low-cost instrument rental, and music supplies so that motivated students can participate in every program regardless of economic circumstance.