The following resrouces pertain to accesibility in the arts and cultural activities. Resources here include universal design information, inclusion and accessibility, and groups and organizations that work with artists with disabilities.

Universal Design

Universal design aims to establish guidelines and information resources for everything from building codes to product development that include people with disabilities. A component of universal design is continuing research into designs that facilitate and enable people with disabilities of all varieties.

Center for Universal Design (CUD) is a national organization that provides information and technical assistance on universal design in housing, commercial and public facilities, outdoor environments, and products.

Guide to Making Documents Accessible to People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired written by Jennifer Sutton, covers printed material accessibily for printed materials and more.


Particular projects for people with disabilties in the arts or groups that work towards inclusion of people with disabilities are highlighted here.

A New Kind of Listening is a documentary about an experimental theater group that includes people who are non-speaking as other participants.

Open Stages - Quarterly newsletter published by the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center. The publication is written for people with disabilities who are pursuing careers in the performing arts.


The following organizations and groups that work with artists with disabilities or that dedicate themselves to inclusion in the arts.

Arts Access, Inc. works within the North Carolina Triangle area to promote arts inclusion of people with disabilities. They provide calendars of arts events with sign interpretation, audio description, etc.

Kaleidoscope: Exploring the Experience of Disability through Literature and the Fine Art is a magazine dedicated to writers and artists with disabilities.

Turning Point Theatre is a unique theatre company that encourages people both with and without disabilities to join their creative enterprise. Located in Durham, NC.

Slate and Style is a quarterly publication by the National Federation of the Blind: Writers' Division. Articles are of general interest to writers, but the magazine also addresses the particular needs of writers who are blind.

VSA Arts is the international organization for arts and people with disability.

Independence Today is a publication of the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley, Inc. (ILCHV).

Web Design for Accessibility

For web designers and webmasters, the digital divide of accessibility can be both hard to understand and difficult to accomodate. Organizations, guidelines, support, and tools have been set out to help web designs create (and webmasters develop and maintain) accessible web sites.

Alliance presents its own resource/reference material for Web Design for Accessibility.

Organizations and Guides

Designing More Usable Web Sites connects various resources that seek to promote and provide guidelines for accessible and inclusive web design.

Quick Tips for Web Accessibility is a quick, to-the-point list of things to do to make your site more accessible.

User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 is the W3C Schools resource for designers of web user agent software (the software that finds and renders web sites) such as browsers.

WAI Resources on Introducing Web Accessibility is a how-to reference for web designers and webmasters.

Web Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines is W3C's reference for web development tools that promote and enable accessibility.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 is a working draft for accessibility guidelines in web design via W3C Schools.

Programming Scripts and Tools

Free Server-Side Perl Scripts from is a listing of free Perl scripts for dynamic content without compatability issues in browsing. Fitted with accessible web design, these scripts can provide dynamic content without hindering accessibility.

Tools and Programs

Tools for Various Accessibility

Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools from W3C Schools lists all currently known and in-the-works, tools for web accesibility from WAI.

Accessibility in Internet Explorer explores the various accessible features of Internet Explorer 7.

Adobe Accessibility is the starting point for accessibility in all Adobe Products, including Adobe PDF.

Alternative Web Browsing is a reference manual that describes the different methods by which people with disabilities find and use content on the web, along with the tools that they might use.

AspireReader is software that works to make computer and web use accessible. Accessibilty features exist for people who are blind or who have low vision, people who are deaf or hard of hearing, people with cognative disabilties or learning disabilities, and physical and mobility impairments.

Opera provides the browser Opera, which has specific features for accessibility.

Tools for Low Vision

Audio System For Technical Readings (ASTER), created by T.V. Raman, renders technical documents (both with and without advanced mathematical formulas) into audio files.

Auditory Browsing in Web and non-Web Databases is a project of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation that creates audio files for large database components.

Digital Talking Book Specifications for complex documents or long documents provided that will comprise a Digital Talking Book.

MozBraille is an extension to transform Mozilla or Firefox to a stand alone accessible Internet browser designed for blind or partially sighted users.

Screen Size Test from AnyBrowser enables the web designer to see the web design in various standard sizes.

Tools for Color Blindness

The Color Laboratory provides a tool for web designers to see their designs as those with visual limitations (variations of color blindness, low vision, etc.)