Accessibility in the arts
This thesis investigates the influence of disability rights legislation on accessibility in the arts. The thesis analyzes the impact of the development of technology, taking into consideration technological, personnel, and financial resources that make the current accessibility services possible. Interviews with accessibility coordinators of three model arts organizations in Washington, D.C., the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, and the Smithsonian Institution, were conducted discussing their expertise and internal or external obstacles in offering the accessibility programs and services. The author also interviewed members of communities of people with disabilities examining their evaluation of the current accessibility, level of satisfaction, and possible improvement. The author concludes that institutional commitment, leadership, and continuous education are essential in providing accessibility. Although the communities of people with disabilities value the current state of accessibility in the arts, they are not fully satisfied with it: accessibility needs to be improved to be consistent and standardized.