Monthly Archives: January 2013

Metro ADA Arts Access Improvement Grants Available

Posted by Adam Johnsen on January 24, 2013
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Nonprofit arts groups in the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area can apply for grants of up to $15,000 to help make arts programming, activities and facilities more accessible to people with disabilities. The grants are intended to help involve more people with disabilities as participants in arts programs. In the first three years of the grant, VSA Minnesota awarded 52 grants to 40 organizations, totaling $602,985.

The ADA Access Improvement Grants for Metro Arts Organizations are made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. This fund directs a substantial portion toward arts access and arts education. As in the past three years, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) has designated a portion of its grant funds to be awarded in 2013 by VSA Minnesota ( Application deadlines are March 8 and May 17.

Eligible counties include in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties. Eligible projects might include a ramp, lift, elevator, automatic door opener; a legally accessible bathroom; a Braille guide to your facility and organization; a training for your staff, board, docents or ushers on practices that serve patrons with various disabilities; a captioned video about your programs; assistive listening units for your auditorium or conference rooms; a study of what potential patrons with disabilities need in order to enjoy your center as other patrons do – anything that helps to remove barriers and more effectively serve and attract artists, audience members, board or staff with disabilities.

Information meetings about the grant (listed below) are opportunities to ask questions, pose possible projects, and get copies of the grant. Informal RSVPs are being taken so enough copies of the guidelines and application will be available. Contact Jon at VSA Minnesota, 612-332-3888 or  Or download grant forms at

Information meetings: (Check website for additional meetings)

Minneapolis: Friday, Jan. 25, 4:00-5:30 PM: Minnesota Fringe Festival office, 79 13th Ave NE #112; 612-872-1212,

Minneapolis:  Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7:00-8:30 PM at Simply ArtAble, housed in Simply Jane Studio, 5411 Nicollet Ave.; 612-354-3961,

Bloomington: Thursday, Jan. 31, 3:00-4:30 PM at Bloomington Center for the Arts, Dakota Conference Room (off theatre lobby), 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd.; free parking on west or east sides of building; 952-563-8877

Mahtomedi:   Saturday, Feb. 2, 10:00-11:30 AM at Wildwood Library, 763 Stillwater Rd; 651-426-2042

Minneapolis: Mon., Feb. 4, 10:30 am to Noon: Hennepin Center for the Arts (Cowles Center for Dance) #210, 528 Hennepin Ave.,

Minneapolis:  Tuesday, Feb. 5, 4:30-5:30 PM at MN African American Museum & Cultural Center (Carriage House), 1700 Third Ave. S.;

St. Paul: Thursday, Feb. 7, 11:00 AM – noon, Circus Juventas lobby, 1270 Montreal Ave.; 651-699-8229 (Kim ext. 205);

Minneapolis:  Monday, March 18, 10:00-11:30 AM at Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Ave. S.; 612-824-0708

Note: A separate grant is also available for nonprofit arts groups served by the Lake Region Arts Council in Fergus Falls. A total of $8,000 is available, with a May 3, 2013, deadline, for groups located in Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse or Wilkin counties.

Upcoming Webinar: Assistive Technology and the Interactive Process on January 23, 2013

Posted by Adam Johnsen on January 09, 2013
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The Great Lakes ADA Center is pleased to announce a collaborative effort with the Southwest ADA Center and the RESNA Catalyst Project to provide a webinar focused on assistive technology and employment.  You are invited to join this FREE session to gain knowledge and insight into the role that assistive technology plays in employment success for people with disabilities.

Date:                 January 23, 2013

Time:                 2:00pm Eastern/1:00pm Central  (90 minute session)

Title:                  Assistive Technology and the Interactive Process

Presenters:       Andrew Winnegar, Consultant, Southwest ADA Center

David Altman, Program Coordinator, Nebraska Assistive Technology Partnership

Desirae Vallier, Technology Specialist, Nebraska Assistive Technology Partnership

Description:      It is important that employers understand new technologies, accommodation strategies and best practices to assist and support employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Technology Act States and ADA Regional Centers have valuable free services to assist employers and employees with job accommodations. Each individual employee accommodation solution requires research and time. The presenters will discuss how Assistive Technology (AT) demonstrations, equipment loans, and ADA support and technical assistance from the ADA Network may enhance the interactive accommodation process.

Cost: Free

CE Credit:          Continuing education credits are available through RESNA and individuals should to apply for CEUs. There is a $16 fee to receive credit for this webinar.   A Certificate of Attendance is available at no charge by sending an email to

Registration:    Go to

This program will be offered via the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing System.  The session will be closed captioned via the web conferencing system.  Information about the webinar platform can be found at the website.

Questions regarding registration or the content of the program can be directed to or by calling 877-232-1990 (V/TTY)

Accessible Technology Webinar Series Session “iAccessibility” scheduled for January 24, 2013

Posted by Adam Johnsen on January 07, 2013
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The ADA National Network is pleased to announce the January 24, 2013 Accessible Technology Webinar Series Session Titled:  iAccessibility.   This session will feature Paul Adam of Deque Systems, Inc.

Date:                   January 24, 2013

Time:                   2-3:30pm ET/1-2:30pm CT/12-1:30pm MT/11-12:30am PT

Description:       The latest iOS devices made by Apple come with no-cost, built-in accessibility features such as the VoiceOver screen reader; system wide Zoom; White on Black reverse contrast; Large Text in Mail, Notes,                    Contacts, and Messages; custom vibration patterns for incoming calls; LED flash alerts; Voice Control; FaceTime video calls; and Assistive Touch for physical disabilities.

Cost:                    Free

Webinar Platform:  Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing System

This session will be closed captioned via the web conferencing platform.

Registration:  Online at:

Questions should be directed to 877-232-1990 (V/TTY) or by email at