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Accessibility/ADA Compliance/Section 504

For questions on accessibility, or requests for accomodations, please contact Amy Schmidt at (701) 328-7594; or email amschmid@nd.gov.

Regional

  • VSA arts of North Dakota strives to create and maintain a community where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in, and have access to the arts. Recognizing that every individual has a creative voice that needs to be both expressed and heard, VSA arts of North Dakota provides, promotes, and furthers arts centered activities in inclusive settings so people with and without disabilities can experience the arts together.
  • North Dakota Department of Commerce. Division of Community Services. Community block grants may be available to help make facilities ADA compliant. Call 701-328-5300  or e-mail the Department of Commerce for more information.
  • North Dakota Department of Human Services. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. There are eight regional offices with access to information and other resources:
    Bismarck: (701) 328-8800 or (888) 862-7342
    Devils Lake: (701) 665-2235 or (888) 607-8610
    Dickinson: (701) 227-7600 or (888) 227-7525
    Fargo: (701) 298-4459 or (888) 342-4900
    Grand Forks: (701) 795-3100 or (800) 755-2745
    Jamestown: (701) 253-6388 or (800) 639-6292
    Minot: (701) 857-8643 or (888) 470-6968
    Williston: (701) 774-4662 or (800) 231-7724
  • Rocky Mountain Technical Assistance. Provides information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and accessible education-based information technology to Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
  • Accessibility in Online Teaching: www.accredited-online-college-degrees.com/teaching.htm.

National

National Summit on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities
VSA arts co-presented the second National Summit on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities at the Kennedy Center the summer of 2009. The summit featured career panels, presentations of new research, working groups, and Millennium Stage Performances from artists with disabilities. As a rare and important networking opportunity for artists and arts administrators across the country, the summit brought together professionals from the arts, education, government, and disability fields to evaluate progress concerning arts education and career opportunities and develop a strategic plan. The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the U.S. Department of Education, the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, the Administration on Developmental Disabilities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Social Security Administration joined VSA arts to organize the summit. Materials from the summit are available at http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/2009NEASummit/papers.html.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
October marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which focuses on promoting employment opportunities for people with disabilities. In observance of the month, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation calling on "all Americans to celebrate the contributions of individuals with disabilities to our workplaces and communities, and to promote the employment of individuals with disabilities to create a better, more inclusive America." Increasing employment opportunities and career development is one of VSA arts' guiding principles. Please take a moment to view the Campaign for Disability Employment’s “I Can” public service announcement (PSA). It features seven real people – not actors – with hidden and obvious disabilities, demonstrating what they “can do” on the job when given the opportunity. Campaign “I can” PSA: www.whatcanyoudocampaign.org/blog/index.php/video.

 
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