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A collage of 4 photographs in each corner of a rectangle surrounding the text: Arts & Culture Accessibility Cooperative/ Creating a more inclusive arts and culture scene for the Saint Louis region. The top left photo includes close-ups of patrons smiling with black listening devices in their ears. The top right presents the back of a person with long hair in a wheelchair moving down a sidewalk in a forested area. The bottom left is a closeup of the landmark stL arch from below. It reaches to a sky of blue and filled with fluffy white clouds. The bottom right features a person with short dark hair and gold hoop earrings signing ASL.

 

The Arts & Culture Accessibility Cooperative (ACAC) seeks to create a resource for the community that will allow us to continually move forward through discussions and committed work to create a more inclusive arts and culture scene for our region. We believe that Saint Louis’s arts and culture community is for everyone and that everyone deserves access to Saint Louis’s vibrant cultural landscape. Our mission is to empower our community to become more accessible to people with disabilities as visitors, patrons, artists, employees, and volunteers.

The ACAC is a volunteer-based group that brings together cultural practitioners, people with disabilities, and disability advocates to share experiences and learn from each other to create a more inclusive community. We are dedicated to increasing arts accessibility in the Saint Louis area and to facilitate a dynamic cooperative that strives to advance accessibility and inclusion across the Greater Saint Louis Area.

For more information, please contact Rachel Melton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 



 

Mark your calendars for the next ACAC Forum!

 

Website Accessibility 101 

Thursday, June 14th 2018

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Wells Fargo Advisors

 

Join the ACAC for a workshop on Website Accessibility. Web accessibility means opening accessibility of the Web to everyone, specifically those who have disabilities, allowing them to perceive, understand, navigate and interact with the Web. These disabilities cover all levels, including auditory, physical, cognitive and neurological. Your organization’s website is usually the first introduction to new patrons, but many websites have some sort of accessibility barrier that makes it difficult for a person with a disability to use their site. Web accessibility assists making sure that people with all disabilities do not face these roadblocks when accessing the Web. This session will open with a presentation from November Champion, who manages the Wells Fargo Advisors Online Accessibility Program and team. Following her presentation, attendees will go through four different stations utilizing assistive technology to demonstrate how those with various disabilities navigate websites.

This forum of the Arts & Culture Accessibility Cooperative is presented in partnership with Paraquad. Paraquad empowers people with disabilities to increase their independence through choice and opportunity. A leader in advancing the independent living philosophy, they envision an integrated community in which people with disabilities are valued and participate in all aspects of society.

Attendees are invited to share their websites during the session to test how accessible they are for users.

Registration is limited for this event, so limit one attendee per institution.

REGISTER TODAY!

 

JAWS (Job Access with Speech) – with Dr. Stephen Kissel

Jaws is a screen reader that supports standard Windows applications and web browsers. The software is able to speak in 17 languages. JAWS is able to work in tandem with the screen magnification software, MAGic and Zoomtext.

Dragon
Dragon can be used with PC or Mac systems. Users can dictate to a computer and write documents using their voices in word-processing software programs. Dragon 13 and greater allows for users to dictate immediately without training the system to their voice. Dragon offers speech output capabilities so that users can have text read aloud to them.

Smartphone Technology

Most mobile devices can handle websites, and the main platforms even have screen readers built in to enable visually impaired users to use them successfully. To make a website accessible and usable on mobile, you just need to follow general good web design and accessibility best practices. It’s important to make sure interface controls such as buttons are accessible on mobiles, that user input is as simple as possible, and that layout designs work on mobile.

ZoomText

ZoomText Magnifier/Reader is a fully integrated magnification and reading program tailored for low-vision users. Magnifier/Reader enlarges and enhances everything on your computer screen, echoes your typing and essential program activity, and automatically reads documents, web pages, email.

 

ASL Interpretation and Audio Description will be available to guests. 

A light breakfast will be provided.

Guests will enter at 2701 Market Street.

November Champion manages the Wells Fargo Advisors Online Accessibility Program and team. She joined Wells Fargo Advisors in December 2013 and works daily with product owners, designers, developers, and testers to make sure that everyone working on digital platforms includes accessibility for people with disabilities. November has worked on making web and mobile products accessible for persons with disabilities since 2008 when a 100+ page vendor accessibility report was dumped on her desk and she was instructed to implement it. November started her accessibility work with a focus on building accessible products to attract and retain revenue. However, she was fully converted to make everything she works on in the digital space accessible after conducting customer research on users with disabilities.Outside of work, November serves on the board of Starkloff Disability Institute, a non-profit who helps people with disabilities achieve their professional goals and aims to close the disability unemployment gap in St. Louis. She’s also the President of Starkloff’s Young Friends Executive Board. November is also passionate about inclusion for people with disabilities in local art and cultural events. She works with MindsEye, a local non-profit serving those with visual disabilities to support audio description of live events, and does work for their Arts & Culture Accessibility Cooperative that is dedicated to increasing arts accessibility in the Saint Louis area.

 



 

 

Beyond the Entrance: Implementing accessibility features into exhibit design and more.

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112
 
A panel of local cultural administrators and advocates discuss program accessibility and Universal Design. 
 
Moderator: Sena Dawes
 
Panel: Rhonda Schier, Chief of Museum Services and Interpretation at Gateway Arch National Park; Nicole Smith, Membership Coordinator at the Missouri Historical Society; and Jason Roberts, Video Producer, Deaf Empowerment Awareness Foundation, Inc. (DEAF Inc.)
 
ASL Interpretation sponsored and provided by DEAF Inc.
Audio Description provided by MindsEye.
 
 
 


How can we create an inclusive environment for people with disabilities within our community's arts and cultural spaces?

Wednesday, December 6th 2017
Paraquad, 5240 Oakland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110
 
A panel of local cultural administrators and advocates open a dialogue on accessibility.
 
Moderator: November Champion
 
Panel: Christy Herzing, Community Access Coordinator at ParaquadSean Smith, Director of Operations at The Muny; and Dr. Stephen Kissel, blind patron and accessibility consultant for Lighthouse for the Blind, Saint Louis.
 
ASL Interpretation provided by Deaf Way Interpreting Services.
Audio Description provided by MindsEye.